INDIANAPOLIS – We’re less than three weeks away from the 2018 Verizon IndyCar Series season opener. All the teams and drivers are getting set for what should be one of the most thrilling and beneficial seasons for the series in decades. A new car will be rolled out on the streets of St. Pete, as that has created a ton of attention on the offseason testing schedule.
With that being said, we’ve made it to the final week of testing.
Next week, there’s a two-day test in Sebring for several teams to knock off any cobwebs that may still remain on the new cars and get them primed and ready for the upcoming season.
On Feb. 27, seven organizations will be on the Florida road course. AJ Foyt Racing (Tony Kanaan, Matheus Leist), Andretti Autosport (Marco Andretti, Ryan Hunter-Reay, Alexander Rossi, Zach Veach), Carlin (Max Chilton, Charlie Kimball), Chip Ganassi Racing (Scott Dixon, Ed Jones), Juncos Racing (Rene Binder or Kyle Kaiser – Rookie Day), Schmidt Peterson Motorsports (James Hinchcliffe, Robert Wickens) and Team Penske (Josef Newgarden, Simon Pagenaud and Will Power).
Then, on Feb. 28, four more teams will hit the track, as Foyt and Carlin will stay, while Ed Carpenter Racing (Spencer Pigot, Jordan King) and Rahal/Letterman/Lanigan Racing (Graham Rahal, Takuma Sato) will join them.
Also part of that test will be Rahal and Kanaan testing a possible new street course tire for Firestone as well.
The next official test scheduled after will be at Barber on March 20 for an open test, as well as an open test at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway a week later on March 27.
The season is close and we can’t be more excited.