The IZOD IndyCar Series may be off this weekend, but several of its drivers are on hand at Road America this weekend for the combined GRAND-AM Rolex Series and American Le Mans Series event.
The Rolex Series will see Sebastien Bourdais in his second start for 8Star Motorsports and Justin Wilson in his third for Michael Shank Racing. Wilson has driven both of Shank’s Riley Fords (No. 60 at Daytona, No. 6 at Watkins Glen), this season and co-drives with ex-Indy Lights driver Gustavo Yacaman in the No. 6 DP car. Bourdais is in the No. 4 Corvette DP with Emilio Di Guida.
Meanwhile on the ALMS side, one past, one present and one future IndyCar driver are in rides. Katherine Legge continues her full season with the radical DeltaWing car, and may make another IndyCar appearance later this year in what would be her first start in the championship since the Indianapolis 500. Simon Pagenaud steps into the No. 551 Level 5 HPD ARX-03b in P2 for the injured Ryan Briscoe. Lucas Luhr, who will make his IndyCar debut next race at Sonoma, seeks his fifth straight win in ALMS in the No. 6 Muscle Milk Pickett Racing HPD ARX-03a.
Additionally, Townsend Bell, NBC Sports Network IndyCar analyst, continues with Leh Keen as co-driver in the No. 23 Team AJR/West/Boardwalk Ferrari F458 Italia in ALMS GT. Bell’s latest “Ten with Townsend” IndyCar Q&A, post Mid-Ohio, is linked here.
Selfishly, I’m sure I’m not alone in saying I would love to see the IndyCar series back here as well. But as always, it comes down to schedule availability and sanctioning fees. The paddock at Road America is large enough to house both IndyCars and sports cars, and from a stroll through the media center and paddock, there are a lot of familiar faces from the IndyCar scene on site this weekend.