Jaime Camara, who competed in 14 races last year, will return to the No. 34 Conquest Racing car for the IndyCar Series' Open Test next week at Homestead-Miami Speedway.
"We wanted to put someone in the car that knew how we worked, knew our car and would be able to help us evaluate the development we have done," said team owner Eric Bachelart, who noted the team continues to finalize its driver lineup for the season-opening Honda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg on April 5. "Since he drove a majority of ovals for us last year, Jaime was the perfect fit.
"We learned a lot over the course of 2008 and we've been pretty busy working on developments that will enhance the team's performance in 2009. Now we're looking forward to evaluating them on track as we continue to prepare for the start of the season in less than two months."
IndyCar Series drivers will receive 10 hours of track time on the 1.5-mile Homestead-Miami Speedway oval (4-6:15 p.m. and 7:15-10 p.m. Feb. 24 and 25). Both test sessions are open to the public.
"I'm really happy that Conquest Racing has asked me to drive for them at the Homestead test," said Camara, who posted a high finish of 14th (Richmond and Mid-Ohio) last season. "I truly enjoyed being a part of this team last season. I know that they have been working hard over the winter to improve the car's performance and I look forward to being able to help them with their development work during the Homestead test."
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