Webb completes two day Indy Lights test at the Brickyard

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30 October 2011


Webb completes two day Indy Lights test at the Brickyard


Following his three outings in the 2011 Firestone Indy Lights championship, including a third place finish on his American debut, British rookie Oliver Webb has returned to the United States to complete a two day test with Sam Schmidt Motorsports.

The MSA Elite driver showed strong potential in the official Indy Lights test at the famous Indianapolis Motor Speedway, which offered Webb the opportunity to gain further experience on ovals, as well as the Formula 1 circuit.  It also gave the Sam Schmidt Motorsports team an opportunity to evaluate the 20-year old’s performance as he considers his options ahead of the 2012 season.

The BRDC Superstar driver’s performance throughout the test was extremely strong, impressing the team with his initial speed, and running quickest for much of the two-day session.  However, a fuel pump failure brought his test to an end prematurely while in P1 on the second day.

Following the two-day test, Webb explained: ‘It was a great to be back in an Indy Lights car, and to be given the opportunity to be part of this test with the Sam Schmidt Motorsports team.  The car felt really strong from the start, and we managed to improve our times throughout the sessions, especially on the new tyres.  It is a shame that we were hit with the failure which ended our test, but I am really pleased with the overall performance.’

Commenting on the team and his future, Webb continued: ‘The guys have been incredible over the last few days, and have given me a real insight into the team and the series as a whole. This has been a valuable experience, and I have really enjoyed being part of the incredible atmosphere at motorsport events in America.  I am currently evaluating all options available to me and, after my experiences in the last few events in the USA, this is an exciting avenue that I am keen to look into as I look to take the next steps in my career.’

Webb now heads back to the UK to continue his involvement and development work with British sportscar maker BAC at Silverstone, with the launch of the single-seat Mono.

Visit http://www.oliwebbracing.com/ for more information on Oliver Webb, or follow him on twitter, www.twitter.com/oliverjameswebb.

For additional information on the development work Oli has been involved with on the BAC Mono, visit www.bac-mono.com.