News & Multimedia

Briscoe Joins Rahal For IMS Road Course Test Sept. 4

Ryan Briscoe will join Graham Rahal in testing Sept. 4 on multiple configurations of the infield road course of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

The test is being organized by IMS and INDYCAR officials to gather information about the current course layouts as the Indianapolis Motor Speedway considers changes and upgrades. Speedway officials plan to invest nearly $100 million in the facility as part of a long-term master plan that could include modifications to the road course to allow it to accommodate INDYCAR testing or racing in the future.

Drivers will utilize Turn 1 of the oval and the existing Turn 1 of the road course. The 10 a.m.-5 p.m. (ET) on-track activity is open and free for spectators to watch from the South Terrace grandstand and Turn 2 viewing mounds.

Briscoe, who advanced 11 positions relative to his starting spot to finish 12th in the Indianapolis 500 Mile Race on the 2.5-mile oval in May for Chip Ganassi Racing, will drive the Chevrolet-powered No. 4 National Guard Panther Racing car. It will be his first experience on the road course.

“I thought Sonoma would be the last time I would be driving an IndyCar for some time, so to get the invite to be part of this test is really cool," said Briscoe, who has competed in seven IZOD IndyCar Series races this season (six with Panther Racing) and most recently finished 17th at Sonoma Raceway on Aug. 25. "It’s always special to drive at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway – whether it’s on the oval or any other course. I’m really looking forward to it.”

Rahal, who will drive the Honda-powered No. 15 Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing car, competed on the IMS road course in Formula BMW and Indy Lights.

Both are coming off races this past weekend on the 2.04-mile, 12-turn Baltimore street circuit -- Rahal in the Grand Prix of Baltimore presented by SRT and Briscoe in the American Le Mans Series event.

Firestone Racing will provide three tire options, and both cars will use respective manufacturer engines instead of their current race engines.

“As we look to the future of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, the goal is to make changes to the road course that provide the most flexibility for its potential use and create a layout that is entertaining for our fans and enjoyable for our drivers – whether it is for INDYCAR testing or racing, sports cars, MotoGP or other uses,” said J. Douglas Boles, Indianapolis Motor Speedway president.”

The only other time an IndyCar was tested on the IMS road course was in the fall of 2011 when two-time Indianapolis 500 champion Dan Wheldon tested the current IZOD IndyCar Series Dallara chassis that debuted in 2012. Wheldon ran the 13-corner layout in clockwise direction only during the test session, which was used to develop the car, not for track information purposes.

Have an suggestion on how to improve the fan experience at IMS? CLICK HERE to submit as part of Project 100.

You can also follow the action on twitter by following @IMS and tweet using #IndyRCTest

Show More Show Less
Now Viewing
Briscoe Joins Rahal For IMS Road Course Test Sept. 4
 
Briscoe Joins Rahal For IMS Road Course Test Sept. 4
Ryan Briscoe will join Graham Rahal in testing Sept. 4 on multiple configurations of the infield road course of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
Read More
Related Media
This is May
 
Sato Returns to IMS, Launches 'THIS IS MAY.' Campaign
2017 Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil winner Takuma Sato helped to start a major promotional campaign for the 102nd edition of “The Greatest Spectacle in Racing” by unveiling a large banner over Gate 2 of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway on Jan. 18.
Read More
Danica Patrick
 
GoDaddy Reunites with Patrick for 'Danica Double'
Danica Patrick is a step closer to finishing her racing career at the Indianapolis 500 this May, and will do so in familiar colors.
Read More
Nicole Briscoe
 
'SportsCenter' Anchor Briscoe To Host Indianapolis 500 Telecast this May on ABC
ESPN “SportsCenter” anchor Nicole Briscoe will add a new duty this May – hosting ABC’s telecast of the Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil on Sunday, May 27.
Read More
Baby Borg with Michael Andretti and Takuma Sato
 
Decisions, Decisions: Sato Searching for Perfect Home for New 'Baby Borg' Trophy
Takuma Sato now has what every Indianapolis 500 driver desires: His own BorgWarner Drivers Championship Trophy, a memento commonly referred to as a “Baby Borg.” Now Sato, the first Japanese driver to win the ‘500,’ must decide where the smaller version of the iconic Borg-Warner Trophy resides.
Read More
Keith Jackson
 
Legendary Announcer Jackson Made Memorable Call as Indy 500 Pinch-Hitter
There have been many legendary “voices” that have called the Indianapolis 500 over the years. The great Keith Jackson was front and center at the microphone for ABC’s coverage of the 1975 race, who passed away Jan. 12 at 89.
Read More
Items 1 - 5 of 1,548
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 IMS Sales Department at (317) 492-8739 or email at hospitalitysales@brickyard.com.
Latest Tweets
It's Pole day on @CrownRoyal Armed Forces Weekend & we can't wait to see you! Check out details on the day: https://t.co/yKQ6Db3YRK
May 21