Hemel Hempstead racer Michael Epps showed his speed and potential for 2014 at the annual Chris Griffis Road To Indy test at Barber Motorsports Park in Alabama.
Driving for Belardi Auto Racing, Epps placed second and fourth during the afternoon sessions to confirm himself as one of the contenders for next year’s Cooper Tires USF2000 National Championship.
He was also given the opportunity to test Belardi’s Indy Lights car for the final session, in which he was only a second away from competitive pace and still finding time with every lap.
“It was like testing back in the UK,” said the 21-year old. “Due to the huge amounts of rain overnight and steep gradient on some parts of the track, there was water coming out of the seams in the tarmac which made it somewhat interesting to drive when things dried out!
“There were a lot of red flags and we had to refuel near the end of the last session, which kind of halted our progress, but on the last lap I got down to a good enough time. I could’ve gone faster but we ran out of time.”
Speaking of his first taste of action behind an Indy Lights car, Epps added: “You always wonder as a driver if you’ll reach a point – or class – where you can’t go any further.
No-one can deny that in my opinion, and I was pleased to know that I can handle a car as big and fast as that. I’m really looking forward to my future over here in the Mazda Road To Indy now.”
Epps has now returned home to enjoy the Christmas festivities and will continue with his 2014 USF2000 program with Belardi Auto Racing in the New Year.