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Buurman to test Schmidt Lights car.

Superleague race winner Yelmer Buurman is to try his hand at US open-wheel racing ahead of a possible Indy Lights campaign.

Sam Schmidt Motorsports has revealed that Dutchman Yelmer Buurman will take part in two tests in Florida next week in one of the team's Firestone Indy Lights machines.

Buurman will drive on the Homestead-Miami Speedway on 9 February and at Palm Beach International Raceway on 12 February, allowing team and driver to evaluate each other ahead of a possible switch to US open-wheel racing for the former GP2 racer.

"This is a great opportunity for me to sample racing in America, and I'm excited to have the chance," Buurman said, "I have to thank Sam Schmidt Motorsports for providing me the platform to expand my racing career."

Last year, the Dutchman drove in both the GP2 Asia Series and Superleague Formula, where he finished fourth in the final standings driving for RSC Anderlecht. He won a pair of races in the final round of the series at the Circuito del Jarama, beating established open-wheel champions such as Sebastian Bourdais.

Buurman also drove in the Superleague Formula in 2008, where he finished second overall in the championship, combining that with a full season with Trust Team Arden in the main GP2 Series, where he earned a couple of podium finishes. Prior to that, he enjoyed success in the F3 Euroseries and World Series by Renault.

"Yelmer's credentials are quite impressive," team owner Sam Schmidt confirmed, "We're happy to provide him with this opportunity to try out Firestone Indy Lights, especially getting him some seat time on an oval. We'll use this test to allow him to learn and give us an opportunity to evaluate him. We're looking forward to it."

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