By: Tanner Watkins
June 20, 2019 | 8:00 AM
After three seasons spent in the Road to Indy’s top ladder, Ohio native Ryan Norman will get the chance to hop in a Dallara Indy car for the first time on June 25 – at his home course, no less.
Andretti Autosport will put the Aurora, Ohio native into one of their Honda-powered NTT IndyCar Series machines in just a few days from now, helping Norman take a step forward in his open-wheel career.
“I’ve been waiting my whole life for this moment. I can’t thank Andretti Autosport enough for this opportunity,” said Norman. “This is a step in the right direction in my career and we will use this test and the rest of the Indy Lights season to prove I belong in an Indy car seat next year. Time to go to work!”
In his third year as an Indy Lights competitor for Andretti Autosport, Norman is currently the pilot of the No. 48 Three Cord Dallara. Still just 21 years of age, Norman picked up a victory in the ‘Lights series last August at World Wide Technology Raceway at Gateway while leading the most laps in this year’s Freedom 100 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
After delivering multiple years of service to the Andretti development team, owner Michael Andretti seems more than willing to throw Norman a bone here and see what he can do on the challenging Mid-Ohio circuit.
“We’re very happy to be able to give Ryan this opportunity,” said Michael Andretti. “The Road to Indy prides itself on developing young drivers into the talented, experienced drivers that succeed in the next level of their career – and helping that driver growth is an important goal of our team’s program.
“Ryan has been a contender at many races and has shown his ability and excitement to take the next step. We are happy to help build the bridge for him to continue his career and chase his dream.”
Before Norman takes part in the Mid-Ohio test next Tuesday, he and his Andretti Autosport Indy Lights teammates (Oliver Askew and Robert Megennis) will be at Road America for a two-round doubleheader weekend that kicks off tomorrow.
Header image by Road to Indy.