Pedersen prepared for first IndyCar take a look at with JHR
Indy Lights sophomore Benjamin Pedersen is about to take part in his first NTT IndyCar Collection take a look at subsequent week with the Juncos Hollinger Racing workforce.
The 22-year-old Danish-American expertise has been on a trajectory in direction of IndyCar for the higher a part of seven years, and with a possibility to pilot certainly one of JHR’s Chevy-powered Dallara DW12s on Monday at Sebring’s quick course in Florida, Pedersen will likely be one step nearer to the sequence he intends to hitch in 2023.
“The thrill degree can’t be larger than it’s,” he informed RACER. “So it’s most pleasure, however on the similar time, I’ve to maintain it actually balanced as a result of I’ve a job this yr in Indy Lights to maximise all the things I can with the workforce. So that’s before everything the place all my focus is true now, but when I break up it, I’ve one other half the place I’m fascinated by subsequent yr the place the plan is 100-percent to be in IndyCar. So I’m fascinated by how I will be essentially the most ready for that. So I take into consideration that individually from my present yr in Indy Lights with out the 2 issues conflicting with one another.”
With 9 podiums in a yr and a half of Indy Lights working with the family-owned World Racing Group workforce that companions with HMD Motorsports, Pedersen is inching nearer to his IndyCar dream. He’s additionally been a gradual determine on pit lane with the A.J. Foyt Racing workforce because the season opener in February, the place he’s worn a headset and picked up all he can about how an IndyCar workforce administers an occasion.
“There’s no higher option to put together for IndyCar subsequent yr than to start out testing and to be within the paddock on a timing stand to be concerned and see all the things in IndyCar,” mentioned Pedersen, who initially deliberate to check with Foyt however switched to Juncos when a testing regulation snag was hit. “It’s given me much more focus into the driving perspective, the technique, pitstops, and all of the issues that get added onto what I do now in Lights.
“My complete profession has been about entering into sooner automobiles, whether or not it’s via F4 to F3 to Indy Lights, now it’s simply one other step with that. In order that that’s not very completely different. The one distinction is now will probably be the very best degree inside America that you just get to. So going as much as take a look at an IndyCar, it doesn’t really feel international.”
Separate from his coaching and preparation to hitch IndyCar, Pedersen is seeking to enhance upon this present place of third within the Indy Lights championship and, greater than anything, earn his breakthrough victory within the sequence. Because the proprietor of 5 second-place finishes throughout 27 Lights races to this point, standing on the highest step of the rostrum is the final main hurdle for Pedersen to clear.
“It doesn’t weigh on me, however I actually need to win,” he mentioned. “We’re placing in loads of work for it, however we take it because it comes and I believe should you simply deal with it like that, you’ll subconsciously assist the outcomes include that course of. All the main focus simply stays on tips on how to get the win.”