Louis Foster will return to the site of his first official Indy Pro 2000 test, at the famed Indianapolis Motor Speedway, to take on three more races this weekend.
Foster put his rivals on notice with that aforementioned test - which was his first time in an official Indy Pro 2000 session - in October last year, and is hopeful the lessons he’s learned since then will help further his championship hopes. Having taken a pair of podiums at the first weekend of the season in Florida - his debut on a street course - Foster followed that up two weekends ago with a fourth and a third at the Barber road course. That included fastest laps in both races.
“Overall, I’m happy with the start of the season and a return to a place where we were fast in the test last year is confidence boosting,” said Foster, who is backed by Copart, a global leader in online auto auctions, and Florida-based luxury Italian garden umbrella brand Poggesi.
“It’s clear in the races we’ve had the pace, but we haven’t quite mastered working with the Cooper Tire in qualifying, that’s new to me this season.
“I think we found some things to help us with that in Barber, and now we get to see how far our improvement will take us at the Brickyard.”
The Brickyard is the nickname for the Indianapolis venue, which has hosted the Indianapolis 500, one of motor racing’s most famous events, since 1911. While that race is held on the oval and Foster will race on the clockwise road course layout, it still gives the drivers in the series the chance to race in the fabled ‘Month of May’ at the venue.
“The Indy 500 is one of the biggest if not the biggest single even in motorsport, so to be racing at Indy so close to that race later in the month is a real honour,” Foster adds.
“Everyone racing in the Road to Indy wants to compete in IndyCar one day and I’m sure that desire will increase even more once we’ve taken part in the Month of May with all the pageantry that surrounds what is an amazing race.
“I’ve prepared hard for this one in the short gap since Barber - we tested at Road America earlier this week as well - so we’re really hoping to hit the ground running.”
The 2.5-mile, 14-turn Indy road course features two long straights with slow corners at the end which are prime for overtaking.
The IndyCar Series will also race on the venue on Saturday.
IMS schedule - Eastern Time (BST -5 hours)
Thursday Practice 1545-1615 (2045-2115) Friday Qualifying 1 - 0845-0915 (1345-1415) Race 1 - 1445-1535 (1945-2035) Saturday Race 2 - 0910-1000 (1410-1500)
Race 3 - 1210-1300 (1710-1800