Armaan Ebrahim has become the first Indian to secure a place in the coveted Indy Lights motor racing series following a successful test session with the Bryan Herta Autosport (BHA) team at the Putnam Park Road Course here.
The 22-year old Armaan impressed the BHA team Tuesday with his pace and handling of the 500bhp, V8 engine-powered car that often exceeded speeds of 270 kmph and offered the Indian a slot in the 2012 Indy Lights series that will be a stepping stone to progress to the iconic Indy Racing League (IRL), the American equivalent of Formula One, in 2013.
BHA is among the top teams in the Indy Lights and earlier this year, won the Indy 500 race.
Armaan said he is looking forward to the experience. "The team and the way that they went about their work on track were very impressive and I feel extremely comfortable in such an environment. The engineers, mechanics and the manager were very professional and I am sure we will have some good times ahead racing in America with strong results," he said.
Have in principle approval: JPSI
The organisers of the Indian Grand Prix Wednesday said they have "in principle approval" for custom exemption and they are even ready to pay whatever duty is required to hold the October 30 race.
A report in a national daily claimed that since the government does not classify Formula One as a sport, it was not willing to grant any exemption to the organisers and hence JPSI will have to pay Custom Duty on the temporary import of F1 equipment to the country.
However, Jaypee Sports International Limited (JPSI) insisted they have support from all quarters.