INDYCAR, the sanctioning body of the Verizon IndyCar Series, announced Thursday the Dale Coyne Racing signing of Carlos Huertas to the team's No. 18 entry in St. Petersburg.
"It's not ideal; it would have been better to do the (Open) test, but the good thing is nobody has tested here," Huertas said. The announcement is actually ahead of schedule compared to previous seasons when a DCR driver wasn't officially announced until after the opening weekend's first practice.
The 22-year-old, who tested twice in the off season with Panther Racing, ran the last two seasons in the Formula Renault 3.5 Series. Huertas ran the 2012 season with FORTEC Motorsports before earning his first series victory in Spain last season with Carlin Motorsports. The Bogota, Colombia native ran the Cooper Tires British F3 International Series in 2009, '10 and '11 collecting 1 win, 14 podiums and 3rd in the 2011 points standings.