Former Grand Prix driver Franck Montagny says he enjoyed the challenge of testing an IndyCar machine on an oval at Kentucky Speedway earlier this week, and expects to find out in the next month whether he will race in the series next year.
The Frenchman was given his first taste of an IndyCar by Andretti Green Racing, the team he has driven for in the American Le Mans Series this year, and was impressed with the challenge of driving on an oval.
"It was all new for me and, to be honest, it was not so easy at the beginning," he said. "It's very difficult to do everything well and the set-ups are very different from all that I know.
"You have to feel the perfectly and after six laps I was able to stay flat out in Turns 1 and 2. It's a question of feeling the car before it starts to slide. And even if I often go fast in a race car, I had never done almost 220mph in corners before and it gives you some big sensations.
"I would have preferred to be on track with other cars, to see what it's like in traffic, but that will be for next time. I enjoyed the test and I'd like to race in the IRL in 2009. The team want to keep me on board, either in this series or ALMS, but it depends on the money and I also have some opportunities in Europe. Everything should be decided in October."