Italian Giorgio Pantano passed his mandatory Indy Racing League rookie test on Wednesday at the Infineon Raceway, clearing the way for him to compete in this weekend's Argent Mortgage Indy Grand Prix.

The 26-year-old native of Padua, Italy drove the #10 Target Chip Ganassi Racing Toyota-powered Panoz that he will race at both Infineon Raceway this weekend and the Watkins Glen Indy Grand Prix Presented by Argent Mortgage on September 25th. IndyCar Series technical manager Kevin Blanch evaluated him.

Pantano, who stands seventh in the FIA GP2 Championship standings following a pair of points-scoring finishes during the Turkish Grand Prix weekend in Istanbul, will race in the U.S. for the first time since he competed in the 2004 U.S. Grand Prix at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.



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