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Herta confirms Filippi for Mid-Ohio

As expected, former GP2 racer Luca Filippi will get his maiden outing in the IZOD IndyCar Series this weekend in the Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course.
Luca Filippi has been confirmed as taking over the #98 Barracuda Racing/Bryan Herta Autosport car from Alex Tagliani for this weekend's Honda Indy 200 race at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course.

Filippi - who stormed to the runners-up spot in the 2011 GP2 Series in the year it was run by Romain Grosjean - turned out for the team in the mid-week test on Wednesday and was widely expected to take over the race seat from Alex Tagliani, who is stepping down from race duties after reaching an agreement with the team.

“Luca did a really good job during the test on Wednesday. We were very impressed with his quick adaptation to both a car and circuit that were completely new to him,” said team co-owner Bryan Herta. “We are all very excited to see how he does under race conditions.”

Filippi has been seeking a chance to race in the IZOD IndyCar Series race since leaving the GP2 Series, and came close to securing a ride with Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing in 2012.

“I'm very grateful to the Barracuda Racing team for this great opportunity because this is what I've been waiting for my whole life,” said Filippi. “I'm really looking forward to the weekend.

"It was very good that we had an open test and I had a chance to work with the crew and engineers," he added. "I think we worked well together and they really looked after me."

Making his series début on the 13-turn, 2.258-mile permanent road course in Lexington will be a better fit for Filippi than an oval event, and the 27-year-old from Savigliano, Italy said that he was enjoying the circuit.

“I like the Mid-Ohio circuit and the drivability of the car," he agreed. "I had a lot of fun at the test and we still have more time today to make improvements to get ready for [the race].

"Obviously I'm a rookie but I'm a racer and I'm competitive," he added. "I really want to do well and show that even though I have a different background, I can prove my abilities."



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Luca Filippi taking part in the open test session with Barracuda Racing/Bryan Herta Autosport at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course on Wednesday, July 31 2013. (Photo Credit: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
Luca Filippi taking part in the open test session with Barracuda Racing/Bryan Herta Autosport at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course on Wednesday, July 31 2013. (Photo Credit: John Cote for IndyCar Media)
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The red flag is waived halting attempts to start Race 1 of the Honda Indy Toronto on Saturday. (Photo by: Chris Owens for IndyCar Media)
Mike Conway and Team Owner Ed Carpenter celebrate victory in Race 2 of the Honda Indy Toronto (Photo by: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
Sebastien Bourdais gets a congratulatory hug from team co-owner Kevin Kalkhoven after winning Race 1 of the Honda Indy Toronto (Photo by: Chris Owens for IndyCar Media)
Chevrolet sweeps the podium with winner Mike Conway (center), driver of the #20 Fuzzy`s Ultra Premium Vodka / Ed Carpenter Racing Chevrolet IndyCar V6, celebrating his victory Sunday, July 20, 2014 during the second of two IndyCar Series races through the streets of Exhibition Place, in Toronto, Canada. Tony Kanaan (left), driver of the #10 Target Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet celebrates his second-place finish. Will Power, driver of the #12 Verizon Team Penske Chevrolet celebrates his third-place finish. (Photo by Phillip Abbott/LAT for Chevy Racing)
Mike Conway, driver of the #20 Fuzzy`s Ultra Premium Vodka / Ed Carpenter Racing Chevrolet IndyCar V6, celebrates his victory Sunday, July 20, 2014 during the second of two IndyCar Series races through the streets of Exhibition Place, in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by Phillip Abbott/LAT for Chevy Racing)
Mike Conway, driver of the #20 Fuzzy`s Ultra Premium Vodka / Ed Carpenter Racing Chevrolet IndyCar V6, takes the chequered flag while racing to victory Sunday, July 20, 2014 during the second of two IndyCar Series races through the streets of Exhibition Place, in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by Michael L. Levitt/LAT for Chevy Racing)
Mike Conway, driver of the #20 Fuzzy`s Ultra Premium Vodka / Ed Carpenter Racing Chevrolet IndyCar V6, races to victory Sunday, July 20, 2014 during the second of two IndyCar Series races through the streets of Exhibition Place, in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by Phillip Abbott/LAT for Chevy Racing)
Mike Conway on his way to victory in the second round of the Honda Indy Toronto doubleheader on Sunday July 20 2014. (Photo by: Joe Skibinski for IndyCar Media)
Mike Conway jumps for joy after the second round of the Honda Indy Toronto doubleheader on Sunday July 20 2014. (Photo by: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
Mike Conway with the winner`s flag after the second round of the Honda Indy Toronto doubleheader on Sunday July 20 2014. (Photo by: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
Mike Conway, Tony Kanaan and Will Power celebrate on the podium after the second round of the Honda Indy Toronto doubleheader on Sunday July 20 2014. (Photo by: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
Mike Conway receives the winner`s trophy after the second round of the Honda Indy Toronto doubleheader on Sunday July 20 2014. (Photo by: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
Mike Conway, Tony Kanaan and Will Power pose for a selfie on the podium after the second round of the Honda Indy Toronto doubleheader on Sunday July 20 2014. (Photo by: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
Tony Kanaan and Will Power pose for a selfie on the podium after the second round of the Honda Indy Toronto doubleheader on Sunday July 20 2014. (Photo by: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
Mike Conway celebrates with the Ed Carpenter Racing team after the second round of the Honda Indy Toronto doubleheader on Sunday July 20 2014. (Photo by: Chris Owens for IndyCar Media)

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