Guy Smith passes Indy test

Guy Smith, the first British driver to be entered for the famous Indy 500 race since Nigel Mansell competed in 1994, passed the mandatory test for first-time Indy 500 competitors without trouble, at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway last week.

Guy Smith passes Indy test

Smith has had plenty of oval track experience from his two years in the Indy Lights CART feeder series, and now a race seat in the ALMS with Stefan Johansson's Reynard.

The rookie test involved four stages, where drivers new to the Brickyard had to demonstrate their capability by running safely and consistently in increasingly high speed brackets.

Smith will be driving the No. 44 March Racing Dallara/Oldsmobile in the big race, with practice starting May 13th and qualifying on May 20th.

"It was awesome," Smith said when asked about the famous track. "There's such an aura about the track, it just has this amazing atmosphere - and that's without the 300,000 plus spectators. It's so big, so fast, you just can't compare it - it's like nothing else."

"I've always wanted to drive here, so it's been a very memorable day. We were lapping at over 200 mph, which was certainly the fastest I've ever been on an oval and I reckon there was at least another 15 mph in the car. But, we'll take it step by step. The car is solid and I could comfortably run flat all the way round. From here, we'll be working on getting the optimum set up for racing in May. I can't wait."

" It would be fantastic to be the first racing driver to bring the honours to Britain in the 21st century. Of course, I've got to qualify first, but I'll be racing to win right from the start."

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