News & Multimedia

Fast Speeds, Hot Temps At IMS As GRAND-AM Test Concludes

GRAND-AM Road Racing drivers and teams demonstrated more familiarity with the Indianapolis Motor Speedway’s 13-turn, 2.534-mile Grand Prix course by running faster on the final day of a two-day test Saturday, July 7.

Air temperatures soared past 100 degrees for the second straight day at IMS, but the No. 10 Sun Trust Racing Corvette Daytona Prototype, shared by co-drivers Ricky Taylor and Max Angelelli, still posted the quickest lap time of the test of 1 minute, 23.962 seconds, 108.649 mph. Taylor and Angelelli drive for Indianapolis-based Wayne Taylor Racing.

“The track was rubbering up a good bit, and the speeds kept getting faster even though the temperatures were climbing,” Taylor said. “This means a lot to us, especially with our team being based in Indy. We’re really looking forward to coming back for the race.”

More than 100 cars from the Rolex Sports Car Series and Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge participated in the two-day test, preparing for the inaugural GRAND-AM event at IMS on Friday, July 27.

The second-quickest time Saturday and overall was turned in by the No. 60 Michael Shank Racing with Curb-Agajanian Ford Riley DP car shared by Joao Barbosa and Darren Law, at 1:24.195.
In the GT class, the quickest time of the test was posted this morning at 1:31.355, 99.857 by the No. 31 Marsh Racing Whelen Engineering Corvette driven by Boris Said and Eric Curran.

The Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge sessions were led – in the Grand Sport class and overall – by the No. 61 Roush Performance Mustang co-driven by Billy Johnson and Jack Roush Jr. at 1:37.042, also the top time of the test. The fastest time in the Street Tuner class during the two days of testing was posted today at 1:41.913, 89.512 by Chad Gilsinger in the No. 92 Hart Honda Accord.
Indianapolis native Gilsinger grew up enamored with the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. He was born on May 30, 1976, the same day Johnny Rutherford won the 60th Indianapolis 500.

“This track is really special to me,” said Gilsinger, who co-drives with Steve Eich and John Schmitt.

“We were able to run pretty quick times this weekend, so I think we have two really good cars to bring back at the end of July. As long as we can maintain this pace, then I think we’ll be pretty good.”
Veteran driver Joe Nonnamaker was unhurt after making contact with the SAFER Barrier exiting Turn 13 of the Grand Prix road course in the No. 43 Team Sahlen Mazda RX-8.

GRAND-AM will conduct separate races for its Rolex Sports Car Series and Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge at IMS for the first time Friday, July 27. These races will join with the Rolex 24 At Daytona and the Sahlen’s Six Hours of The Glen at Watkins Glen International in determining the winners of the prestigious new North American Endurance Championship presented by VISITFLORIDA.com for 2012.

The inaugural Indiana 250 for the NASCAR Nationwide Series will return racing to the 2.5-mile IMS oval on Saturday, July 28, and the Crown Royal Presents the “Your Hero’s Name Here” 400 at the Brickyard for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series will take place Sunday, July 29.

An extra day of GRAND-AM testing will take place Monday, July 9 for a few GRAND-AM teams unable to participate in this two-day test due to other driver commitments. Among the most notable drivers testing Monday are 2000 Indianapolis 500 winner Juan Pablo Montoya and 2010 Brickyard 400 winner Jamie McMurray, who will turn laps in the No. 02 Chevron BMW-Riley of Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates that they will share in the GRAND-AM race July 27 at IMS.

Montoya and McMurray are racing in the Coke Zero 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup race Saturday night, July 7.

Show More Show Less
Now Viewing
Fast Speeds, Hot Temps At IMS As GRAND-AM Test Concludes
 
Fast Speeds, Hot Temps At IMS As GRAND-AM Test Concludes
GRAND-AM Road Racing drivers and teams demonstrated more familiarity with the Indianapolis Motor Speedway’s 13-turn, 2.534-mile Grand Prix course by running faster on the final day of a two-day test Saturday, July 7.
Read More
Related Media
Ryan Hunter-Reay
 
Pruett's Preview: ABC Supply 500
Ryan Hunter-Reay didn’t want to celebrate his win at Pocono last year. And he wasn’t alone. Points and trophies were duly awarded after the checkered flag flew at the 2-mile superspeedway, but in light of the accident that would claim the life of his teammate Justin Wilson the following day, Pocono 2015 is more a reminder of what IndyCar lost than anything its finishers gained.
Read More
John Cooper
 
Remembering John Cooper
John Cooper, who died Wednesday at the age of 84, was a major player in the motorsports world, not just during his time from 1979-82 as the president of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. He was the kind of man who knew not only the big sponsor developments of the day, but why Joe Smith missed Saturday night’s feature at the local dirt track. Cooper was as much of a racing enthusiast as a mover-and-shaker.
Read More
Indiana College Preparatory School
 
IMS Sponsoring Two Students in Unique Work-Study Program
The Indianapolis Motor Speedway is partnering with Indianapolis’ Providence Cristo Rey College Preparatory School in Indianapolis on its acclaimed program that introduces students to professional work environments.
Read More
Indy 500 Snake Pit
 
Recap Video Brings Indy 500 Snake Pit Experience to Life
The Indy 500 Snake Pit presented by Coors Light was the place to be this Memorial Day Weekend and the 2016 recap video shows exactly why. Click here for an up-close-and-personal look at this massive Race Day phenomenon that sold out for the very first time this year.
Read More
Red Bull Air Race
 
Australia's Matt Hall Claims Critical Air Racing Win at Ascot
Australia’s Matt Hall just topped overall leader Matthias Dolderer of Germany for the win at Sunday’s Red Bull Air Race in Ascot, UK, proving that there’s still everything to play for with three races left in the season. Finishing third, Austria’s Hannes Arch is still firmly in the mix.
Read More
Items 1 - 5 of 2,301
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
Balancing personal/professional lives is a skill set in it's own, even for @Redbullairrace Challenger Class pilots https://t.co/ovzKSS821H
about 12 hours ago