Vandoorn and de Vries to test at IndyCar in December

Drivers of the Mercedes factory Formula E team will travel overseas in December to test IndyCar in Sebring.

We talked about Stoffel Vandorn receiving an invitation from the Arrow McLaren SP, but he will also be joined by his teammate Nick de Vries, the reigning Formula E champion, and will work with the Meyer Shank Racing (MSR) team.

The tests will take place on December 6 at the Sebring International Raceway, one of the classic American road-type tracks.

MSR’s interest in de Vries is not accidental: in 2022, IndyCar veterans 37-year-old Simon Pagenot and 46-year-old Helio Castroneves will compete for her. Both are honored masters of American motorsport and have achieved considerable success, but it is time for the team to think about inviting a younger and more promising driver, and Nick is only 26. If he makes a good impression on the team, it is possible that in 2023 the fast Dutchman will move to IndyCar …

Vandoorn is in a slightly different situation, as Arrow McLaren SP is considering putting a third car in selected races next season. It is quite possible that Stoffel will pilot it, becoming the partner of Pato O’Ward and Felix Rosenquist.

However, this will also depend on whether he gets permission from Mercedes to devote more time and attention to the preparation for IndyCar, because in addition to Formula E, he performs certain duties in Formula 1. Vandorn and de Vries are considered test drivers and reservists of the champion team, but in any case, their main job is performing in the electric series, where the eighth season will begin on January 28.

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