For only the second time in the storied history of Indianapolis Motor Speedway, an IndyCar will hit the infield road course as part of an open test.
On Wednesday, Ryan Briscoe and Graham Rahal are scheduled to run multiple configurations of the infield road course to “gather information about the current course layouts” as the speedway looks at a nearly $100 million upgrade to the facility with the possibility of future races in mind.
“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.
This will be Briscoe’s first time running the infield road course. Briscoe has not run the full IndyCar season, but is eager to climb back in the cockpit, even just for a test.
“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,” Briscoe said. “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, on the other hand, has Formula BMW and Indy Lights experience on the infield road course. The Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing driver took to Twitter to express his joy of being selected as part of the test.
I know I haven’t said much yet, but I’m thrilled to be chosen to do the test @IMS on Wednesday. Looking forward to giving my input!
— Graham Rahal (@GrahamRahal) August 29, 2013
The late Dan Wheldon became the first IndyCar driver to run the 13-corner road course when he tested the 2012 Dallara chassis in 2011.
Fans are encouraged to attend the open test, with viewing areas from the South Terrace grandstand and Turn 2 viewing mounds.
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