With Conquest Racing's No. 34 seat open for the last two IndyCar races, former Indy Lights oval star Dillon Battistini may be in line to debut following a test this Friday, Sept. 23 at Kentucky Speedway. The 33-year-old Englishman contested a full season of Indy Lights in 2008 for Panther Racing and won four races, all on ovals, including the Freedom 100 at Indianapolis. He won at Kentucky as well that year.
Battistini has made sporadic Indy Lights appearances since, while trying to pursue the funding to make his IndyCar race debut.
Conquest's full-season driver to date, Sebastian Saavedra, had his funding fall through prior to the series' most recent round in Motegi, and Battistini is expected to race the car at Kentucky on Oct. 2.
Conquest provided Pippa Mann the opportunity to make her first start in IndyCar at this year's Indianapolis 500, and her impressive debut outing led to a three-race run with Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing that will resume at Kentucky and Las Vegas.
Others expected to test at Kentucky on Friday include Target Chip Ganassi Racing's Dario Franchitti and Scott Dixon, Team Penske's Will Power, Pippa Mann – making her return to Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing following her injury at New Hampshire – Marco Andretti with Andretti Autosport, Graham Rahal with Service Central Chip Ganassi Racing, Ana Beatriz with Dreyer & Reinbold Racing, Ed Carpenter with Sarah Fisher Racing, and Wade Cunningham with Sam Schmidt Motorsports.