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Summerton impresses in Indy Lights test

RLR/Andersen Racing team co-owner Dan Andersen says his team hopes to sign American youngster Jonathan Summerton for the 2009 Indy Lights season following an impressive testing performance at Homestead.

Summerton was joined by Brazilian racer Mario Romancini for the test session and both were able to produce impressive lap times as they set out to impress their potential employer.

Indeed, Anderson said he rated Summerton as 'one of the most talented American drivers in recent years' while also admitting he was impressed with Romancini's performance.

"Following our complete rebuilds of our two cars and with the new-for-2009 flat-crank engines, we came to Homestead to both shake the cars down and continue to test drivers for the upcoming season," he said. "Overall I was very impressed with what our team has accomplished over the off-season in terms of car preparation and planning. We have a team stocked with very talented and experienced IndyCar Series crewmembers.

“I feel confident that no team will be offering better cars to their drivers. It should be a fun season, and I will be disappointed if we're not in victory lane frequently. The test ran flawlessly, with over 300 miles being logged and much learned.

"[Jonathan] is clearly one of the most talented drivers America has produced in recent years, and we know we can win immediately with him. He turned consistently fast lap times, getting into the high 1:16-second area early in the day.

"Mario comes to us with an impressive resume from Brazilian F3. He adapted very quickly and posted very competitive times that were only one-tenth of a second off Jonathan's times. We will continue testing him this Friday on the oval at Homestead, and then next week at the series' open test there. Mario impressed me with his focus and of course his obvious talent, and we are discussing the 2009 season."

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