Renault F1 reserve driver Ho-Pin Tung may become the first Chinese driver in IndyCar, after the FAZZT Race Team ran a test with him at Sebring International Raceway during November.
Regular driver Alex Tagliani, team COO and general manager Rob Edwards and chief engineer Allen McDonald were said to be impressed with the technical adaptation and feedback from Tung, and there was good rapport between team and driver: "Ho-Pin is a likeable guy and fast", said Tagliani. "I think he would add a lot to the IndyCar Series and our team."
"Our goal is to run a minimum of two cars for the 2011 IZOD IndyCar season and this test was a first step in that direction," said the team's general manager Rob Edwards. "Ho-Pin Tung's talent and presence in an IndyCar can reach a whole new nation of fans in China and presents significant opportunities for our sport and our partners."
Tung represented China in the now-defunct A1GP World Cup of Motorsport, competed in Formula Ford, was 2003 Formula BMW Asia champion, 2006 German Formula 3 champion and raced in GP2, GP2 Asia and the Superleague Formula.
Wilson re-signs for Dreyer & Reinbold
Britain's Justin Wilson will build on 2010 momentum by staying with Dreyer & Reinbold for the 2011 season.
"We created a lot of momentum in 2010 with Justin and we plan on continuing that next year with him as one of our full-time drivers," said co-owner Dennis Reinbold. "Justin's a class act and we couldn't be happier to have him back as part of our DRR family in 2011."
It's the first time in Wilson's IndyCar career that he's been able to continue with a team for consecutive seasons. Wilson finished 11th in 2011 and was runner-up in the races at St Petersburg and Long Beach,and started on pole in Toronto. He scored a series victory in his debut season in 2008 when he won at the Raceway at Belle Isle for Newman/Haas Racing.