IndyCar Tests New IMS Course

GRFor over 100 years, IndyCars came to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and went counter-clockwise around the 2.5 mile oval. Today, that all changed. Today, 25 cars hit the infield pavement, and all of the drivers raved about how exciting it was. This is in preparation for the Grand Prix of Indianapolis on May 10. The new 2.434 mile, 14 turn course will feature a standing start, and will run in a clockwise direction. Ryan Briscoe said that it didn’t feel weird until he got to pit lane.

The defending series champion, Scott Dixon, turned the fastest lap of the day at 1:09.5969. The weather wasn’t too bad, as the temperatures hovered around 60 degrees for most of the day. The teams and drivers were able to get their machines on the track, and get a feel for the course. The grip improved dramatically over the course of the day, and the trouble spot for most drivers seemed to be the hard right hander in Turn 1.

I moved around throughout the day, getting different vantage points of the action. There was plenty to see, and I can’t say there was a bad seat in the house. I sat in the temporary grandstands on Hulman Blvd, the bridge covering Hulman, Turns 1 and 2, the entrance to pit road (Turn 4 of oval), and pit lane, including the mound by the exit before Turn 1. There really is so much to see, and the best route in my opinion is to get a General Admission ticket on race day and move around. It’s going to be an incredible race.

Click here to see my full photo gallery from Wednesday’s test

The GP of Indianapolis will officially begin practice on May 8, with qualifications on May 9. The race will begin at 3:30 PM ET on May 10, and will air live on ABC.

Below are a few of my videos from Wednesday’s test.

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