Herbert Heritage Team Up For Test

Former Formula One driver Johnny Herbert has been rumored to be lobbying for just about every open seat in Indy-style racing this year, but on Thursday one of those rumors came to fruition.

Herbert, who retired from F-1 competition last season after 12 years, will test and Indy Racing Northern Light Series car Aug. 13 at Kentucky Speedway. Heritage Motorsports is giving Herbert the opportunity to try his hand on an oval.

“I'm looking forward to testing with the Heritage Motorsports team,” Herbert said. “This is an opportunity that will be beneficial for everyone involved. We're both working on putting ourselves in the best position to fulfill our future goals.”

One of Herbert’s goals is to win the Indianapolis 500.

“I have one major challenge left to accomplish in motorsports: winning the Indianapolis 500," said the 37-year-old Herbert. “Racing at Indy has been a goal of mine since I was 10 years old. It is the greatest race in the world, and I'm taking every opportunity I can to get to Indy.”

Herbert won three F-1 races in his career, but he has limited experience on an oval. In fact, Herbert’s first run in an Indy-style car came last month at Rockingham Motor Speedway in his native England, where he tested a Champ car.

“That was the first time I had ever run on an oval, and I thoroughly enjoyed it,” Herbert said.

The test is private and comes a day after the IRNLS race at the 1.5-mile track in Sparta, Ky.

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