"With our teams in the midst of preparations for the first four road/street events of the season, it is more beneficial to move the oval Open Test to early May," said Beaux Barfield, president of competition, INDYCAR. "Teams won't be forced to switch to an oval setup then back to a road course setup the week before the season opener under this new schedule. Additionally this will open the door for teams to utilize this time for one last road course test before the season opener."
Three drivers – Ryan Briscoe of Team Penske, Tony Kanaan of KV Racing Technology and Alex Tagliani of Team Barracuda BHA – tested at Texas Motor Speedway on Feb. 21 to assist the IZOD IndyCar Series in determining the aero package on high-speed ovals for its new car.
"We were pleased with the outcome of our first test at Texas," said Will Phillips, vice president of technology, INDYCAR. "We were able to establish a baseline and try a variety of aero packages on the new car. We are now analyzing the data and driver feedback from the test to determine the aero package we will use for our Open Test."