21 drivers to test at TMS Wednesday

All 21 full-season cars plus the Indianapolis 500 entry for Gabby Chaves are scheduled to participate in the daylong test on the 1.455-mile oval in Fort Worth, site of the Rainguard Water Sealers 600 in June. The track has undergone major renovations since last year’s race.

The primary objective for the test is to establish the best aerodynamic configuration for the Indy cars when the series returns for the June 9-10 race weekend. Bill Pappas, INDYCAR’s vice president of competition, engineering, explained that the test will be split into two three-hour sessions. In the first session, from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. ET, teams will be permitted time to set up their cars individually before a full-field run will be completed.

During the break between sessions, data will be evaluated and driver feedback obtained by INDYCAR officials. If aero configuration alterations are necessary, they will be made and another full-field run will take place in the second session that runs from 4-7 p.m. ET.

“Because it’s a new configuration of the racetrack – geometry and resurfacing – we want to make sure that we get the aero configuration right to have a good, close, safe race," Pappas said. “We’ll basically give the guys some time to sort their cars out, then we want to run a group run with the field. Get them out there and say, ‘Is this enough downforce, is this not enough downforce?’

“Then we’ll stop, get a debrief from the drivers and determine if we need to make an adjustment for an afternoon run. And if we need to, do it again."

Participants in test

1 Simon Pagenaud Montmorillon, France Team Penske Chevrolet
2 Josef Newgarden Nashville, Tennessee Team Penske Chevrolet
3 Helio Castroneves Sao Paulo, Brazil Team Penske Chevrolet
4 Conor Daly Noblesville, Indiana A.J. Foyt Enterprises Chevrolet
5 James Hinchcliffe Toronto, Canada Schmidt Peterson Motorsports Honda
7 Mikhail Aleshin Moscow, Russia Schmidt Peterson Motorsports Honda
8 Max Chilton Reigate, England Chip Ganassi Racing Teams Honda
9 Scott Dixon Auckland, New Zealand Chip Ganassi Racing Teams Honda
10 Tony Kanaan Salvador, Brazil Chip Ganassi Racing Teams Honda
12 Will Power Toowoomba, Australia Team Penske Chevrolet
14 Carlos Munoz Bogota, Colombia A.J. Foyt Enterprises Chevrolet
15 Graham Rahal New Albany, Ohio Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing Honda
18 Sebastien Bourdais Le Mans, France Dale Coyne Racing Honda
19 Ed Jones (R) Dubai, United Arab Emirates Dale Coyne Racing Honda
20 Ed Carpenter Indianapolis, Indiana Ed Carpenter Racing Chevrolet
21 JR Hildebrand Sausalito, California Ed Carpenter Racing Chevrolet
26 Takuma Sato Tokyo, Japan Andretti Autosport Honda
27 Marco Andretti Nazareth, Pennsylvania Andretti Autosport Honda
28 Ryan Hunter-Reay Fort Lauderdale, Florida Andretti Autosport Honda
83 Charlie Kimball Camarillo, California Chip Ganassi Racing Teams Honda
88 Gabby Chaves Bogota, Colombia Harding Racing Chevrolet
98 Alexander Rossi Nevada City, California Andretti Herta Autosport with Curb Honda

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