INDIANAPOLIS – When the checkered flag flew on Sunday’s Honda 200, it ended a stretch of three races in four weeks for the Verizon IndyCar Series teams. It also ended the their run of eight races in 11 weeks and 10 weekends of action in 13 weeks.
But, there’s no rest for the weary for the teams.
Despite having three weeks between Mid-Ohio and Pocono, the drivers and teams aren’t going to be relaxing on a nice beach in the Caribbean until then. There’s three crucial tests in three different states in a seven day time span coming up.
It all starts on Thursday at Pocono, as right now, six different organization will take part in a test at the 2.5-mile track. Both A.J. Foyt Racing cars, both Schmidt-Peterson Motorsport entries, both Ed Carpenter Racing drivers, all four Andretti Autosport as well as Chip Ganassi Racing drivers will be there as will Graham Rahal with Rahal/Letterman/Lanigan Racing.
The only ones not going to be there right now are the four Team Penske teams, both Dale Coyne Racing teams and KVSH.
Then, its to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway for a Tire Test on Monday Aug. 8. As of today, Alexander Rossi, Ryan Hunter-Reay, Scott Dixon, Juan Pablo Montoya, Graham Rahal and Ed Carpenter are taking part in that test.
After that, it’s back east to Watkins Glen for a test on Thursday Aug. 11. Right now, everyone but the two A.J. Foyt Racing drivers are scheduled to be there.
So, they schedule may say no racing on the next two weekends, but the test schedule says three days of testing in three different states in a seven day period.