Sources in Argentina are reporting that that country's Jose Maria Lopez remains in line for a race drive at the new US F1 team, as the F3 racer and one-time Renault F1 tester first claimed late last year, and that the start-up team's other 2010 seat could go to British driver James Rossiter.
Argentina's Corsa claims Lopez, who has not raced a single-seater since running GP2 in 2006, says that Lopez has put together an $8m sponsor deal from agencies promoting Argentina tourism to race with the Charlotte-based team.
Rossiter (above), meanwhile, raced in the American Le Mans Series with Andretti Green's Acura team in 2008 and is an alumni of the Honda F1 team's Young Driver Program. He was a tester for the now defunct Super Aguri F1 squad, which was started with Honda seed money. Rossiter has raced for the past few years in the European-based World Series by Renault as well as British and Euro F3.
The two drivers' F1 test background should help pave the way for the necessary superlicenses from the FIA that would permit them to compete in grand prix racing. Lopez told an Argentine news agency that he expects to make an official announcement around Jan. 25.