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Dillon Battistini lines up at Kentucky

"Obviously coming in to the second-to-last race in a series as competitive as IndyCar is not easy, the competition is extremely high," agreed Bachelart. "But we are confident that as a team we can help him get up to speed quickly and give him a car that he can go and compete with everybody out there."

"I've finally managed to put something together and am massively thankful to Eric," said Battistini, who particularly praised his car owner's "tendency to give opportunities to up-and-coming drivers who might not otherwise get a chance at all - I hope I can repay his faith."

Battistini will be the seventh British driver on the grid at Kentucky, alongside Dan Wheldon in his first race since sinning the Indianapolis 500; championship contender Dario Franchitti; Dale Coyne Racing's Alex Lloyd and James Jakes; Andretti Autosport's Mike Conway; and Pippa Mann, returning to Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing after recovering from the back injury she suffered in the series' last oval race at New Hampshire in August.

Practice and qualifying sessions are on Saturday, with the race itself on Sunday afternoon.




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