Nine drivers slated for Sonoma testing on Wednesday


The run-up to next month’s IndyCar season opener in St. Petersburg, Florida (Mar. 24, Noon ET on NBC Sports Network) continues on Wednesday with a contingent of drivers tackling the hilly Sonoma Raceway for a single-day test run.

Nine drivers will turn laps on the Northern California road course in a session that’s free and open to the public. Testing is expected to run until around 5 p.m. PT.

Here’s the roster for today’s test:

• Tony Kanaan (KV Racing Technology/Chevrolet)
• Simona de Silvestro (KV Racing Technology/Chevrolet)
• J.R. Hildebrand (Panther Racing/Chevrolet)
• Oriol Servia (Panther + Dreyer and Reinbold Racing/Chevrolet)
• Sebastian Saavedra (Dragon Racing/Chevrolet)
• Sebastien Bourdais (Dragon Racing/Chevrolet)
• Ed Carpenter (Ed Carpenter Racing/Chevrolet)
• Simon Pagenaud (above) (Schmidt Peterson Motorsports/Honda)
• Tristan Vautier (Schmidt Peterson Motorsports/Honda)

Sonoma held a pre-season test last February that was notable for the presence of both the then-new Dallara DW12 and former F1 standout Rubens Barrichello, then on the verge of embarking on what would be his lone IndyCar campaign.

More than 1,500 fans showed up, making for the highest-attended test session ever in the track’s history.