Erickson liked to fly on the ovalApril 21, 2019
Yesterday, Markus Erickson, a former Formula 1 driver, this season in the American IndyCar series, received his first experience in piloting at the oval circuit as part of tests held at Texas Motor Speedway.
In June, at this 1.5-mile oval, one of the stages of the season will take place, but on May 26, Erickson will take to the start of the legendary Indy 500 race with the team of Schmidt Peterson Motorsports, so it’s time to start training.
The experienced team-mate James Hinchkliff, who first got behind the wheel and drove a few laps, checking the car, helped him master the skills of piloting on the oval autodrome.
“Yesterday I first traveled around the oval. “An incredible feeling that cannot be compared with my previous experience,” commented the 28-year-old Swede after the end of the test day. – It was difficult, but I got great pleasure. Firstly, there are such high speeds, and, secondly, the sensations from the car are different.
When you go on banking, you need to learn to trust the machine. When you have no experience at all, you cannot rely on it. This feeling should be gradually developed, and this is only possible, gradually gaining mileage. The more laps you drive, the more confident you will feel.
All this is extremely important, as soon as May. My first race on the oval will be the Indy 500, and this is a very difficult test. Well, now we come to these tests. There are only three cars on the track and pretty cool are the most suitable conditions to pick up speed. ”
In addition to Erickson, two more IndyCar debutants, Colton Hurt and Ben Henley, took part in the tests.
After the first four stages of the season, Markus takes the 16th place in the individual series; his best result so far is 7th place in the Alabama Grand Prix.
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