INDIANAPOLIS – The Indianapolis Motor Speedway announced on Thursday that there will be an open test for 19 Verizon IndyCar Series teams next week. The test will take place on Wednesday, April 6 at the world’s famous 2.5-mile track as 19 drivers will embark on the aerokit test day.
This test is only reserved for full-time entrants of the 2016 season, hence only 19 entrants, as rookies and part-time teams are not invited to take part in the eight hour test. The series wants to garner as much information as they can next Wednesday, to return next month with the right rules package in place for the 100th Running of the Indianapolis 500.
That’s whey rookies will have their own day for rookie orientation as the series can’t afford to spend most of the morning trying to get them up to speed.
Last year, they had a test day in early May but it didn’t really give teams much information on what to expect for race conditions. After several cars got airborne during crashes during practice time last year, the series wants to cross every t and dot every I before putting the cars on the track for the biggest race in the history of the track.
The following teams are taking part in the all day test that will run from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. ET.
Team Penske- Montoya, Castroneves, Power, Pagnenaud
Chip Ganassi Racing- Dixon, Kanaan, Kimball
Ed Carpenter Racing- Carpenter, Newgarden
KVSH Racing- Bourdais
Andretti Autosport- Munoz, Andretti, Hunter-Reay
Schmidt/Peterson Motorsports- Hinchcliffe, Aleshin
A.J. Foyt Racing – Sato, Hawksworth
Rahal/Letterman/Lanigan Racing- Rahal
Dale Coyne Racing- Daly