News & Multimedia

Kanaan Takes Laps On Upgraded IMS Road Course

This would have been a prime opportunity for Tony Kanaan to be cheeky with Target Chip Ganassi Racing engineers Eric Bretzman and Chris Simmons, who piled into the back seat of the Chevrolet Camaro convertible for a spin on the new Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course.

But the reigning Indianapolis 500 champion’s reconnaissance lap of the 2.439-mile, 14-turn circuit was tame compared to how hard he’ll push the No. 10 Chevy-powered car April 30 during a Verizon IndyCar Series Open Test in preparation for the inaugural Grand Prix of Indianapolis on May 8-10.

The 10 a.m.-noon and 2-5 p.m. (ET) sessions are free and open to spectators to watch from the South Terrace grandstand and Turn 2 mounds off West 16th Street.

Purchase Grand Prix of Indianapolis tickets


All but peripheral work in the massive stadium’s infield ceased as Kanaan – and later Simon Pagenaud of Schmidt Peterson Hamilton Motorsports – made mental notes of sightlines and placing of curbing on the road course that has undergone a $5 million reconfiguration and enhancement project begun last fall.

“It’s the final adjustments so hopefully I’ll be able to help the guys (at IMS) with a little bit of my feedback, and put that feedback into a report for all the other drivers,” Kanaan said. “It’s really close to what we planned and I think it’s going to be a fun race for the fans. I’m excited.”

Driver feedback from the Open Test regarding placing of temporary curbing will be sought, according to Indianapolis Motor Speedway President J. Douglas Boles. Infrastructure work, including new spectator mounds to complement the permanent grandstands and temporary infield seating, will continue as part of the Speedway’s long-term capital improvement projects.

“We caught back up from what was a tough winter for us in Indianapolis,” Boles said. “This is just the first of a lot of changes that the fans will be able to see as we move into 2015 and 2016.”

The 82-lap race (3:30 p.m. ET on ABC) will commence with a standing start and follow the clockwise course that features “many passing zones,” according to Kanaan. The next day, Verizon IndyCar Series drivers will re-orient themselves to the 2.5-mile oval and its counterclockwise flow as they open practice for the 98th Indianapolis 500 Mile Race on May 25.

“Having two events in May at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway is fantastic,” Boles said. “Our staff loves events more than anything.”
 

Show More Show Less
Now Viewing
Kanaan Takes Laps On Upgraded IMS Road Course
 
Kanaan Takes Laps On Upgraded IMS Road Course
This would have been a prime opportunity for Tony Kanaan to be cheeky with Target Chip Ganassi Racing engineers Eric Bretzman and Chris Simmons, who piled into the back seat of the Chevrolet Camaro convertible for a spin on the new Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course.
Read More
Related Media
Juncos Racing
 
Juncos Racing Announces Entry for 101st Running Indy 500
Juncos, the founder and team principal of Juncos Racing – the highly successful operation in the Mazda Road to Indy presented by Cooper Tires developmental ladder – said his team will take the next step to the Verizon IndyCar Series on its biggest stage at Indianapolis Motor Speedway in May. While driver and manufacturer announcements await, the news signals a “dream come true” for the immigrant from Argentina.
Read More
Willy T. Ribbs
 
Ribbs Enjoying Quiet Life After Barrier Breaking Career in Racing
A determined Ribbs made a name for himself in various forms of racing, most notably in 1991 as the first black driver in the Indianapolis 500. As part of Black History Month, Ribbs is remembered for breaking that color barrier with two starts at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
Read More
Hulman Terrace Club
 
On-Sale Now, Hulman Terrace Club Offers Premium Seating for IMS Events
The Hulman Terrace Club, located on the outside of the front straightaway of the famed 2.5-mile oval, features some of the best views of the track plus ADA-accessible seating for fans seeking a club option. All tickets to the Hulman Terrace Club were sold in its inaugural season in 2016. Space is limited, so fans interested in tickets should act now.
Read More
Indianapolis Golf Putter
 
PGA Pro Rodgers Ties Family's Indy Legacy to Golf with Putter
Before striking his first golf club at 6 years old and forging a path to the PGA Tour, Patrick Rodgers became enamored with racing at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
Read More
Alexander Rossi
 
Rossi's Life-Changing Year Comes Full Circle with Indy 500 Ticket Unveiling
the talented American who’d spent most of his early career racing in Europe, was boarding a flight from London with an eventual destination of Indianapolis to sign with Andretti Autosport and drive in the Verizon IndyCar Series.
Read More
Items 1 - 5 of 432
Reserve one of our hospitality suites for your next event!
To start planning your event at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway please fill out our Information Request Form or contact Laura Wyamn at (317) 492-8557 or email at lwyman@brickyard.com.
Latest Tweets
@iamindy500 @jdouglas4 This is awesome!! #IsItMayYet? #Indy500
about 6 hours ago