IZOD IndyCar Series drivers test at Kentucky Speedway on May 4th

For the past three years, Davey Hamilton's routine in May has been to practice, qualify and race at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. This year, he'll get some preliminary seat time.

Hamilton will join Luczo Dragon Racing/de Ferran Motorsports' regular driver Raphael Matos and other IZOD IndyCar Series drivers for a May 4 afternoon test session at Kentucky Speedway. Fans are invited to watch free of charge from a designated area outside the Turn 3 Fan Center located off of I-71 Exit 57 and Ky. Hwy. 35 North.

"I've been out of the car since Indy last year and haven't had a lot of laps in the last three years so this test will be important for me as we get prepared for Indy," said Hamilton, who has recorded plenty of laps as driver of the Indy Racing Experience two-seater. "It's also the first time working with the team and I'm looking forward to that. I may have experience, but Rafa has been in five races already and has knowledge of how the cars have been reacting this season so his input will be invaluable to me.

"The nice thing with a two-car team is that we can go out on two completely different setups and learn twice as much during the same session."

The hours on the 1.5-mile Kentucky Speedway oval also will help the teams prepare the high banks of Texas Motor Speedway, where both Hamilton and Matos will compete on June 5, and six other oval races.

"I do believe that we will benefit from having two drivers and two sets of engineers exchanging information," team president Gil de Ferran said. "Obviously, internally we will have to make a few adjustments as we have not run two cars before, but I am confident that overall the addition of one car will be a plus."

Kentucky Speedway will play host to IZOD IndyCar Series and Firestone Indy Lights on Sept. 4.

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