Nico Hulkenberg will carry out an evaluation test with Arrow McLaren SP next week in order to trial IndyCar machinery for the first time.
Hulkenberg has been without a full-time motorsport programme since losing his Renault Formula 1 seat at the end of the 2019 season.
He made three substitute appearances with Racing Point in 2020, bringing his number of starts up to 179, and has retained a Formula 1 connection in 2021 by taking up a role as Aston Martin’s reserve driver.
Hulkenberg will test Arrow McLaren SP’s IndyCar machinery at Barber Motorsports Park on Monday.
The team described it as a “one-off opportunity” in order for Hulkenberg, who won the Le Mans 24 Hours in 2015, to experience the championship for the first time.
Arrow McLaren SP stressed that while it is still evaluating a potential third entry it remains fully focused on Pato O’Ward and Felix Rosenqvist for the 2022 season.
“I am pleased to try out an Indy car and see what it’s all about,” said Hulkenberg.
“I want to thank Arrow McLaren SP and Chevy for the opportunity at relatively short notice.
“While I don’t have any current plans to race in IndyCar, it will be great to drive a car for the first time and get a feel for the series.”