News & Multimedia

Busy Testing Schedules Close Out February

Courtesy of Speed.com

21 IZOD IndyCar Series drivers and former F1 ace Rubens Barrichello will turn laps next week on an array of road courses and ovals stretching from Florida to California.

The festivities start Monday at Barber Motorsports Park in Leeds, Ala., for a two-day test with Chevrolet- and Honda-powered teams.

After engine issues limited their running at Sebring, A.J. Foyt Racing is back for another try with Mike Conway, and Dale Coyne Racing’s Justin Wilson is expected to get his first proper turn in DCR’s car. Coyne’s James Jakes should turn his first laps with the new chassis and engine combination.

Team Penske will have Helio Castroneves and Will Power in its cars, Sam Schmidt Motorsports will be out with Simon Pagenaud and just days after its run at Fontana, Chip Ganassi Racing with have all four of its drivers--Scott Dixon, Dario Franchitti, Charlie Kimball and Graham Rahal—on track.

The most notable item for the Barber test is the debut of Takuma Sato with Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing, and possibly a second RLL driver.

As those six teams test a Barber, two additional teams will run concurrently on the 1.5-mile Texas Motor Speedway oval.

Bryan Herta Autosport’s Alex Tagliani will press Lotus’ test car into service on the high banks on the 20th and 21st, while KV Racing’s Tony Kanaan is scheduled to run on Day Two before the team packs up and heads northwest to Sonoma.

A two-day short oval test kicks off on Tuesday with a pair of Chevrolet teams as Andretti Autosport’s Marco Andretti logs miles at the reconfigured one-mile Phoenix track. Panther Racing’s JR Hildebrand will join Andretti on Wednesday, after which both teams will connect with the convoy headed to Sonoma.

Most of the teams testing at Barber will perform a quick turnaround and head south to Sebring for another two-day outing Thursday and Friday.

Ganassi’s Dixon, Franchitti, Kimball and Rahal will be back at it again, as will Schmidt’s Pagenaud and RLL’s Sato. Two Lotus-powered teams--Dreyer & Reinbold with Oriol Servia and HVM Racing with Simona de Silvestro--are scheduled to shake down and test their respective team cars for the first time.

The Dallara DW12 will make its first appearance in northern California at Infineon Raceway for a weekend test on the 25th and 26th with Andretti’s Ryan Hunter-Reay, local driver Hildebrand in Panther’s car and Penske’s Power and Ryan Briscoe in attendance.

The Sonoma test, which is open to the public, will give F1 fans a glimpse of its most experienced driver as Rubens Barrichello returns for his second test with KV Racing. KV’s E.J. Viso will also participate in the test.

Although next week will serve as the busiest period of new-car testing IndyCar teams have completed to date, Spring Training, scheduled for the week of March 5-9 at Sebring, should see almost the entire 2012 grid present.

Before teams head to Spring Training, one final test will close out February as the three Lotus teams that missed the Feb. 20-21 Barber test will visit the sprawling road course.

Dreyer & Reinbold’s Servia will share the track with HVM’s de Silvestro, and Herta’s team should spend the Feb. 28-29 test with Tagliani putting the team’s own car through the paces for the first time.

 

Show More Show Less
Now Viewing
Busy Testing Schedules Close Out February
 
Busy Testing Schedules Close Out February
21 IZOD IndyCar Series drivers and former F1 ace Rubens Barrichello will turn laps next week on an array of road courses and ovals stretching from Florida to California.
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 1,282
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
We couldn't leave out @IndyStateFair! Happy 92 days to the 101st Running of the #Indy500 https://t.co/R3LKmWpbDH
about 42 minutes ago