Stoneman Takes Another Step Forward in US
Young Brit on comeback trail in two day Houston test
Pace and performance looking positive for racing return
Dean Stoneman continued his quest to return to racing by taking part in a two day Indy Lights in Houston Texas.
Stoneman was again testing with leading Indy Lights team Andretti Autosport at the MSR circuit: Tuesday 7th and Thursday 9th February as part of his rehabilitation programme, designed to prepare him for a full season of racing.
Although the test was aimed at building the 21-year olds fitness, Stoneman managed at one point to post the fastest time of the day just after lunch and was three tenths quicker than the other six drivers. He managed a total of 72 laps completing over 171 miles on the first day at the bumpy and demanding Texas circuit.
Day two of the test saw Stoneman work with the Andretti engineers on car set up before embarking on a full race distance stint, which allowed to him to truly establish his current level of fitness.
The 2010 F2 Champion was delighted with his performance over the two days. “It has been a great couple days of testing with Andretti. I’m very thankful to the guys for giving me a chance to come here and test.” He added, “This has given me a further guide to where I am reading my fitness and I will now be pushing ahead with my programme with even more determination to be racing this year.”
Stoneman and his management continue to weigh-up option for this year with all interested parties. In the meantime, the prospect of a racing return will attract further plaudits for this determined young driver following his successful twelve month battle with testicular cancer.
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