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
Will Power
 
2015 Verizon IndyCar Series Schedule Unveiled
INDYCAR announced the 2015 Verizon IndyCar Series schedule today featuring 17 race events, two new race venues and a total of six ABC and 13 NBCSN event broadcasts. The diverse calendar of events – which features six ovals, six road courses and four temporary street circuits – includes a total of 14 markets making a return to the calendar from 2014.
Read More
A.J. Foyt Racing
 
Hawksworth Joins A.J. Foyt Racing For 2015
It has been Larry Foyt’s longtime goal to expand A.J. Foyt Racing’s Verizon IndyCar Series presence to two full-time entries, and with impeccable timing primary sponsor ABC Supply Co. Inc. has stepped up to make it a reality.
Read More
James Hinchcliffe Drives a Vintage Porsche
 
Hinchcliffe Tests Legendary Sports Cars at IMS
The three-time Verizon IndyCar Series race winner was tasked by R&T to test drive a Porsche 962, one of the most legendary sports cars on the planet, alongside Porsche’s new 918, at the famed Indianapolis Motor Speedway for an upcoming issue.
Read More
Juan Montoya
 
Montoya Celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month
Montoya, 39, who grew up in Bogota, Colombia, equates his outlook on life to his proud heritage. Through Oct. 15, Americans are observing National Hispanic Heritage Month by celebrating the histories, cultures and contributions of residents whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean and Central and South America.
Read More
James Hinchcliffe
 
Hinchcliffe Joins Schmidt Peterson Motorsports for 2015
The three-time Verizon IndyCar Series race winner has signed a multi-year contract with Schmidt Peterson Motorsports to drive the team's No. 77 entry, beginning with the 2015 race season.
Read More
Items 1 - 5 of 191
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 Phil Sparks at (317) 492-6463 or email at psparks@brickyard.com.
Latest Tweets
#TBT to that epic 2004 @IndyCar Halloween party w/ @TonyKanaan @dariofranchitti @BryanHerta @ArieLuyendyk and Wheldon http://t.co/K8LUlfslwL
about 17 hours ago