Six consecutive weekends of on-track activity are in the books for Verizon IndyCar Series teams, but even though the next event isn’t coming until the Shell/Pennzoil Grand Prix of Houston doubleheader on June 27-29, that doesn’t mean they’ll spend all their down time on the couch.
In fact, a lot of teams are using the schedule gap to focus on in-season test work at a variety of tracks – primarily ovals – that the series will visit later this summer.
Iowa Speedway, the Milwaukee Mile, and Pocono Raceway, along with the road course at Sebring International Raceway in Florida, will host test sessions for teams over the next week and change according to the series.
Tomorrow, Iowa hosts Texas winner Ed Carpenter along with the entirety of both Team Penske (Will Power, Helio Castroneves, and Juan Pablo Montoya) and Chip Ganassi Racing (Scott Dixon, Tony Kanaan, Ryan Briscoe, and Charlie Kimball). For those in the region, the test will be open to the public with a viewing area above Turn 3 of the 7/8-mile bullring.
Then on Wednesday, a two-day session at the Milwaukee Mile will begin.
Wednesday has the Chevrolet-powered Team Penske joining a gaggle of Honda-powered squads including Andretti Autosport (Marco Andretti, James Hinchcliffe, Ryan Hunter-Reay, and Carlos Munoz), A.J. Foyt Racing (Takuma Sato), Dale Coyne Racing (Carlos Huertas and Justin Wilson), Sarah Fisher Hartman Racing (Josef Newgarden), Schmidt Peterson Motorsports (Mikhail Aleshin) and Schmidt Peterson Hamilton Motorsports (Simon Pagenaud).
The Wednesday testing is open to the public, and a food truck will be available for fans at lunch time behind the Mile’s grandstand. Thursday will see a reduced level of attendance with Carpenter and the Ganassi camp taking to the flat West Allis oval. Then on Friday, Iowa holds another test with Rahal Letterman Lanigan (Graham Rahal) joining the Andretti, SFHR and Schmidt teams.
Next Tuesday (June 17), Pocono has Team Penske and Dale Coyne Racing. After that, the Ganassi and Schmidt teams will set up shop for a two-day run at Sebring on June 18-19.
Pocono will also host a second test on June 19. KV Racing Technology (Sebastien Bourdais and Sebastian Saavedra) is expected to run with the Andretti, Carpenter and Rahal teams.