IndyCar will test at Indianapolis road course in Sept. At least one Indy car is coming to Indianapolis Motor Speedway’s road course next month. The car from a yet-to-be-determined team will complete laps in various configurations as a possible precursor to an IndyCar race to be held next May.
The dates being considered for the feasibility test are Sept. 4 and Sept. 6. Firestone has an oval-track test set for Sept. 10-11.
IMS president Doug Boles said the car — and maybe a second car — will travel in the same counter-clockwise configuration being used this weekend by MotoGP and also try the clockwise direction used by Formula One from 2000-2007.
When going clockwise, the test will go through the oval track’s Turn 1 as the late Dan Wheldon did when he ran a car here in the fall of 2011. That’s the only time an Indy car has been on the road course that debuted in 2000.
Boles said that if an IndyCar road race happens next May, the circuit will get modified. One part requiring attention, he said, is the infield section of the oval’s first turn.
"The last corner coming out of the infield (it’s Turn 4 this weekend) is really tight,” Boles said. “It would be too slow (for a car).”
Boles said the portion of the road course located behind the IMS Hall of Fame Museum and the north end of the infield likely would be modified, too.
“But it’s all conceptual right now,” he said.
An IndyCar road course race in May is being considered to serve as a start-your-engines event to the Indianapolis 500.
Boles said Derrick Walker, IndyCar’s president of competition and operations, is working through the details of the test. Indy Star
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