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Indy 500 Preparations To Shift into High Gear at IMS Test on April 24

It may not be May yet, but it will feel a lot like the most magical month in racing Wednesday, April 24 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway when 15 teams and 28 drivers are expected to participate in an INDYCAR Open Test in preparation for the 103rd Indianapolis 500 presented by Gainbridge.

Among the drivers scheduled to test are seven Indianapolis 500 presented by Gainbridge winners (Helio Castroneves, Scott Dixon, Ryan Hunter-Reay, Tony Kanaan, Will Power, Alexander Rossi, Takuma Sato) and seven Indy car series champions (Sebastien Bourdais, Dixon, Hunter-Reay, Kanaan, Josef Newgarden, Simon Pagenaud, Power). Two-time Formula One World Champion Fernando Alonso also is expected to turn laps.

The test will take place from 11 a.m.-6 p.m. (ET) on the 2.5-mile oval. Veterans will be on track from 11 a.m.-1 p.m., with Rookie Orientation Program and refresher tests from 1-3 p.m. and all participants on track from 3-6 p.m.

The Turn 2 Viewing Mounds will be open for public viewing.

Testing will be streamed on indycar.com, the NTT IndyCar Series Facebook page and Periscope. Announcers for the test are Kevin Lee, Anders Krohn, Robin Miller and Katie Hargitt.

The lineup of NTT IndyCar Series teams and drivers scheduled to participate 

AJ Foyt Racing – Tony Kanaan, Matheus Leist
Andretti Autosport – Conor Daly, Ryan Hunter-Reay, Alexander Rossi, Zach Veach
Andretti Herta Autosport with Marco Andretti & Curb-Agajanian – Marco Andretti
Arrow Schmidt Peterson Motorsports – Marcus Ericsson, James Hinchcliffe
Carlin – Max Chilton, Charlie Kimball
Chip Ganassi Racing – Scott Dixon, Felix Rosenqvist
Dale Coyne Racing – Santino Ferrucci
Dale Coyne Racing with Vasser-Sullivan – Sebastien Bourdais
Dreyer & Reinbold Racing – Sage Karam
Ed Carpenter Racing – Ed Carpenter, Ed Jones, Spencer Pigot
Harding Steinbrenner Racing – Colton Herta
Meyer Shank Racing with Arrow SPM – Jack Harvey
McLaren Racing – Fernando Alonso
Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing – Graham Rahal, Takuma Sato
Team Penske – Helio Castroneves, Josef Newgarden, Simon Pagenaud, Will Power

The 103rd Indianapolis 500 presented by Gainbridge is scheduled for Sunday, May 26. The Month of May starts with the INDYCAR Grand Prix on Saturday, May 11 on the IMS road course. Tickets for both races are on sale at IMS.com, and both races will be televised live by NBC.

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