Tatiana Calderón’s campaign in the NTT IndyCar Series continues this weekend as she tackles a road course for the first time this season at Barber Motorsports Park.
The winding 2.3-mile circuit located in Birmingham, Alabama is the scene of Tatiana’s third outing of the season with AJ Foyt Racing, and the prospect of her first race in the No. 11 ROKiT-backed Dallara Chevrolet on a permanent circuit is one she is savouring.
Both of the Colombian rising star’s appearances so far in 2022 have been on street tracks, with Tatiana banking her first finish on the Streets of St. Petersburg in February and then finishing an impressive 16th at the iconic Long Beach venue in March.
This weekend’s Barber round offers an entirely different challenge, however. The track layout features 17 turns, dominated by flowing high- and medium-speed corners, and 80 feet (24.3m) of elevation change, making it a real challenge to find the optimum set-up.
Tatiana’s last experience of an IndyCar on a comparable layout came last summer when she tested the AJ Foyt Racing car for the first time at Mid-Ohio. This weekend’s race therefore offers her the chance to demonstrate just how far she has advanced since that initial run and further demonstrate her potential on US open-wheel racing’s biggest stage.
Tatiana Calderón: “This weekend I finally get to race an IndyCar on a permanent circuit, which is something I’m more used to. I’m looking forward to exploring the limits of the car a bit more, see how it feels on a track with more elevation changes and high-speed corners, because I’ve not had the chance to do that since my very first test at Mid-Ohio last year. Barber is another new track for me, and I’ve heard it’s physically it’s one of the toughest tracks as well, so it’s going to be a big challenge. But the team has helped me a lot to prepare as much as possible with on-board videos and data, and so far this season every time I’ve been on track I’ve felt more and more confident thanks to the hard work the team has done to make the car suit my style more, so I am looking forward to getting back out there and aiming for an even better result this time.”