First-timer de Vries sets the pace in IndyCar rookie test


Reigning Formula E champion Nyck de Vries enjoyed a productive first IndyCar test with Meyer Shank Racing at Sebring on Monday.

The works Mercedes FE driver reeled in 62 laps of the Florida track and clocked in with the fastest time of the day, leading fellow rookies Callum Ilott (Juncos Hollinger Racing), Stoffel Vandoorne (Arrow McLaren SP) and Jack Aitken (Ed Carpenter Racing).

"Nyck delivered exactly what I would expect from a guy with his background," Michael Shank told RACER. "Impressive. He did very well today."

MSR's regular driver, four-time Indy 500 winner Helio Castro Neves, was on hand at Sebring to support de Vries' maiden IndyCar outing.

The 26-year-old is committed to defending his title with Mercedes in the FIA Formula E Championship, but Monday's test likely watered de Vries' IndyCar ambitions for the future.