New Zealand's Jonny Reid successfully completed his mandatory Firestone Indy Lights rookie test at Iowa Speedway yesterday [Monday], clearing the way for him to compete at Indianapolis this weekend.

The Kiwi completed the requirements in a car prepared by Integra Motorsports under the direction of Firestone Indy Lights technical director Butch Meyer, and is now eligible to add his name to the entry for the most prestigious round of the championship, the Firestone Freedom 100, on Friday [23 May].

"Jonny is a very good driver," Meyer said, "He did everything we asked of him and understood the car very well. He was as smooth as glass and very impressive. He was turning laps within a few tenths of the quick time here last year - and working on getting faster."

Reid has looked at moving to the USA since the beginning of the year, weighing up programmes in both the rechristened Indy Lights series and the former Champ Car Atlantic class, before settling on a bid to join the festivities at Indianapolis this weekend. He follows in the footsteps of former champion, and fellow Kiwi, Wade Cunningham, who continues to seek the backing to break into the senior IndyCar Series.

Reid has worked his way up the racing ladder by competing - and winning - in various categories around the world, becoming lead driver for Team New Zealand's A1 Grand Prix operation in the self-styled 'World Cup of Motorsport'. The squad finished as runner-up to Switzerland in 2007-08, with Reid pushing former Champ Car pilot Neel Jani hard throughout the year.

 

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