Open-wheel racing is returning to Road America for the first time since 2007. The Verizon IndyCar Series returns for the Road America Grand Prix on June 23-26 of next year. Before that though, teams will have an opportunity to test at the gorgeous 14-turn, 4-mile road course in Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin.
The test will take place on September 22, and will run from 9:30 AM to 5 PM ET. Five teams are slated to participate in the Tuesday test.
- Team Penske
- Chip Ganassi Racing
- Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing
- Carpenter Fisher Hartman Racing
- AJ Foyt Racing
Fans will be able to attend the test session for $20 each, with $10 of every ticket sold going to the Wilson Children’s Fund to benefit the family of Justin Wilson. Those with Road America Season Passes will be admitted with a $10 donation to the Wilson Children’s Fund. Those attending the session should enter at the main gate located off of Highway 67.
There will be many locations to watch the test from, including the paddock. This will be the only test session open to the public before the race weekend in June. It has been rumored that there will be another test on September 29, which would be closed to the public.
To purchase tickets for the test session, go to www.roadamerica.com or call 800-365-7223.
From 1982 to 2007 (excluding 2005) CART/Champ Car raced at the famous road course, with Sebastien Bourdais winning the most recent race. Bourdais started on the front row and finished on the podium in all four of his Road America starts. Dario Franchitti currently holds the track record, with a 1:39.866 second lap during the 2000 race.Three drivers have won at Road America three times; Emerson Fittipaldi, Mario Andretti, and Michael Andretti. Bobby Rahal recorded the most top-five finishes (10) while Danny Sullivan earned the most Pole starts (4) at Road America.
You can watch the entire 2007 race below, courtesy of IndyCar.