Rookies get first look at The Glen

Only two of the "transitional" IndyCar drivers got their first look at Watkins Glen International on Wednesday, June 25, during a test session for the Firestone Indy Lights and incoming teams for the July 4-6 Camping World Grand Prix.

"Really looking forward to this track more than anything else because of the layout," said Will Power, the 27- year-old Australian who won at Long Beach earlier this season. "This track has a huge history. Winning Long Beach was special for that reason and it's the same here, this track has been around so long. That's another reason to win."

Power and KV Racing Technologies teammate Oriol Servia got a brief three-hour shakedown test on Wednesday before jetting off to Richmond, Virginia for this weekend's SunTrust Indy Challenge.

Servia, a 10-year veteran of Champ Car racing – formerly CART – figured he'd race at The Glen someday.

"Here for some reason I could see myself racing, maybe not in open-wheel, but in any other series. I always thought I was going to come here," said the 33- year old Spaniard. "Indy, for sure, I had the fear of not having the opportunity to do it because it 's an IRL 100 percent an IndyCar race and I was in Champ Car – it 's just not going to happen. I was really happy that finally when it happened it gave me, a guy who came from Spain in '98 and been racing in the U.S. for many years and never got a chance to race at Indy. So finally, for me it meant a lot ."

Only two transitional teams made the trek north, while the others were either too busy repairing cars from last weekend's race at Iowa or still preparing for Richmond.

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