Last week of IndyCar testing for 2013 looming

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With the IndyCar Series testing window for 2013 set to close on Friday, Dec. 20, multiple teams are preparing to get some final pre-Christmas sessions in during the coming days.

On Monday, Team Penske’s Juan Pablo Montoya will continue his transition back to open-wheel racing with a test session around the winding Sonoma Raceway in northern California.

Following the conclusion of his NASCAR tenure at Earnhardt Ganassi Racing last month, Montoya has so far tested a Penske IndyCar on the Sebring (Fla.) International Raceway road course (pictured) and most recently on the ovals at Phoenix International Raceway and Auto Club Speedway.

Then on Wednesday, six Honda-powered teams will take part in a manufacturer test at Sebring: A.J. Foyt Racing, Andretti Autosport, Dale Coyne Racing, Rahal Letterman Lanigan, Sarah Fisher Hartman Racing and Schmidt Peterson Motorsports.

On that same day, Mike Conway will also test for the Chevrolet-powered Ed Carpenter Racing. Conway, along with RLL, Fisher/Hartman and SPM, will then return for a second day of Sebring testing on Thursday.

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Verstappen doesn’t want F1 season to end after recent run of form

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Max Verstappen says he is not ready for the 2017 Formula 1 season to come to an end after enjoying a run of strong form through the closing stages of the campaign.

Verstappen endured a rocky run of form through to the end of the European season that saw him suffer a number of reliability issues and score just a single podium finish, taking third in China back in April.

However, the Dutchman has rallied to score more points than any other driver in the last five races, including victories in Malaysia and Mexico, as well as a podium finish in Japan.

Verstappen heads into next weekend’s Abu Dhabi Grand Prix chasing a third win of the year to sign off, but joked he does not want the season to end just as he’s got into a good groove.

“We will, of course, try and end the season with a strong result in Abu Dhabi,” Verstappen said. “Last year was actually quite a good race after skipping a pit stop following a spin at Turn 1, it was hard to manage the tires to the end of the race but we did it and finished fourth.

“I would say that my favorite part of the track is at Turns 2 and 3, the fast left, right. It’s also very cool driving underneath the hotel and racing in the darkness with all the lights.

“The final sector at Yas Marina is actually quite technical so you have to be really precise there, but it should also be our strongest part of the track.

“There are quite a few overtaking opportunities to make the race interesting, before the long straight at the hairpin and then at the end of the straight under braking for the next chicane section.

“Abu Dhabi is the last race on the calendar, but I don’t actually want the season to end. I’m really fired up at the moment and I just want to keep going.

“The nice thing will be to spend some time with friends and family over the winter break and then I will look ahead to January and get back into training before it all starts again.”