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Reigning FIA Components E champion Antonio Felix da Costa has been fitted for an IndyCar seat with the Rahal Letterman Lanigan group forward of a single-day check on November 2, 2020 at Barber Motorsports Park in Alabama. Whereas it doesn’t imply da Costa is definitely shifting to the IndyCar collection subsequent yr, it does bode nicely for a cross-series swap.
Within the RLL press launch, da Costa sounded optimistic about his alternative.
I’ve by no means hidden the truth that it’s a giant dream of mine to return check out an Indy automotive. I’m a giant fan of how America, and IndyCar particularly, goes in regards to the sport and have been an enormous fan for a few years. I’ve recognized Bobby for a number of years. We at all times met on the BMW Christmas dinners and yearly I stored saying ‘Come on, let me have a go’ and at last now I obtained the decision to return meet the group and check. It’s very thrilling occasions for me and one thing I’ve been trying ahead to rather a lot. The primary contact with the group has been very optimistic and everybody has been pleasant. I can see there’s a excessive stage of professionalism within the group which was to be anticipated. I’m excited to get on monitor.
The primary motive that da Costa is ready to make the most of this seat time is as a result of Graham Rahal will likely be unable to make the most of the check. He and spouse Courtney Pressure are ready on their first youngster, which is due across the time of the November check.
da Costa has been racing since he was 9 years outdated, and forward of the latest Components E season, he joined up with the championship-winning DS Techeetah group. He gained three races in a row and took three second locations, which offset his non-points end and disqualification. He’s been with FE for the reason that very begin of the collection. He’s a Macau Grand Prix champion and a DTM competitor with BMW.