Contenders in the European-based International Formula Master series will once again have the chance to compete for an Indy Lights test as part of the array of prizes available in 2009.

Sam Schmidt Motorsport ran 2008 FMaster runner-up Fabio Leimer last November as a reward for his performance, and the three-time Indy Pro Series/Indy Lights champions have confirmed that the prize will be on offer again this season.

"Fabio displayed a high level of professionalism, maturity and technical knowledge when he tested with us last year," former IRL driver-turned-team owner Schmidt reported, "His times, both on oval and road courses, were very competitive and you could see his experience in International Formula Master prepared him extremely well.

"We are looking forward to working once again with a graduate from one of the best single-seater feeder series in Europe. It was an easy decision to make, as our experience from last year with Formula Master was tremendously positive for all participants."

One driver will be given the chance to test the 3.5-litre V8-powered Indy Lights car in the United States after the 2009 Formula Master season ends.



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