For the first time since August of last year, it’s Race Week for the Verizon IndyCar Series. The first race of the season comes this weekend, on the streets of St Petersburg. There is plenty of action before then, as most teams and drivers will be testing today, tomorrow, and Wednesday before heading down to Florida for the first practice on Friday.
Fresh off the 12 Hour Sportscar race this past weekend, IndyCar took to the track at Sebring International Raceway. There were seven teams scheduled to test, including Team Penske and Andretti Autosport. Unfortunately, rain delayed a lot of track time on Monday.
Brant James posted the video below from Sebring this morning.
Sage Karam, who broke a bone in his right hand in a crash during testing last week, was able to get back in the car and turn some laps today.
Simona de Silvestro finally got back behind the wheel of an IndyCar on Monday. She posted a shot on Instagram of her No. 25 Andretti Autosport Honda, which she will drive this weekend in St Petersburg.
Dale Coyne Racing’s Francesco Dracone finally got his wings. During testing last week, Dracone’s car still had the DW12 configuration without the aero kit.
Team Penske driver Juan Montoya posted a quick video on Monday evening.
Teams will continue testing at Sebring and NOLA tomorrow, while Andretti Autosport will be at Texas Motor Speedway on Wednesday to test the Honda oval aero kit package.
IndyCar also announced today that ESPN Player (a new channel on the digital subscription service) will carry live coverage of all 16 races this season. Viewers in Europe, the Middle East, and Africa will be able to stream the on-demand service, which will allow them to view qualifying, and even highlights from previous races. The packages include a Race Pass, a Month Pass, and a Season Pass. You can read more about this announcement here.