IRL: Cheever Racing - Narain Karthikeyan test summary

Indianapolis, IN (October 26, 2004) Red Bull Cheever Racing completed a one-day test with Narain Karthikeyan last Thursday at Phoenix International Raceway. Narain Karthikeyan, current Formula Nissan driver and member of the Red Bull Junior...

Indianapolis, IN (October 26, 2004) Red Bull Cheever Racing completed a one-day test with Narain Karthikeyan last Thursday at Phoenix International Raceway.

Narain Karthikeyan, current Formula Nissan driver and member of the Red Bull Junior Team, marked the first Indian driver ever to test an IndyCar.

"The addition of road course races to the Indy Racing League calendar next year is attracting drivers of all different racing backgrounds," managing director Max Jones said. "It's great for the League to be generating even more international interest. We really enjoyed meeting Narain and were happy to give him the opportunity to test one of our race cars."

Under the supervision of Red Bull Cheever Racing engineer Iain Watt, Karthikeyan was able to run approximately 60 laps around the 1-mile oval before rain put an early end to the testing session.

"Narain was a pleasure to work with during his test," Watt said. "He was eager to learn and improve upon each lap, and absorbed a wealth of information from our engineering staff."

Karthikeyan's racing career began in the ELF Winfield Racing School in France and includes stints in Formula Ford, Formula Asia, British Formula 3 and Formula Nippon. His previous tests with Formula 1 teams Jordan and Jaguar, placed his name in history as the first Indian to test a Formula 1 car.

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Narain Karthikeyan , Max Jones