Amongst the 23 drivers that have competed so far in the 2014 Verizon IndyCar Series are four rookies, which have already tallied three top-ten finishes in the first two races.
Carlos Munoz, Mikhail Aleshin and Carlos Huertas were all able to make their way through the carnage during the latest race in Long Beach to place third, sixth and 10th respectively.
“It’s a lot of confidence for me that I know I can fight with the top guys,” said Munoz in an interview with IndyCar.com. Munoz was beat by just Mike Conway and Will Power in Long Beach. “Will has a lot of wins here, a lot of poles. Conway, he’s also won in the past year, so it gives me confidence. I know I can be also really fast on [oval] tracks and on the road courses.”
Carlos Munoz led 12 laps on his way to finishing second in the 2013 Indianapolis 500. He sits seventh in the IndyCar standings as the field heads to Barber Motorsports Park, Ala. this weekend.
Sitting just two positions behind him, in ninth, is Moscow native Mikhail Aleshin.
Aleshin started 20th and finished 6th at Long Beach – a gain of 14 positions during the race. Rookie Carlos Huertas also moved up 11 markers during the Long Beach race, from 21st on the grid to 10th at the flag despite a late race drive-through penalty.
Of the four rookies, Jack Hawksworth has the least to show, as far as results goes, after the opening two rounds. However, the Brit was putting on an impressive performance even as soon as his debut in the St. Petersburg race. Unfortunately, a chaotic restart led to him getting involved in an accident with Marco Andretti, which took him out of the race.