MRTI: Andretti, Pelfrey teams to test New Orleans circuit on December 8-9

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Andretti Autosport and Team Pelfrey’s Mazda Road to Indy programs will get a crack at the updated NOLA Motorsports Park circuit in a test session on Dec. 8-9.

The Andretti camp will run one Pro Mazda car, while Pelfrey will run two Pro Mazdas and two USF2000 cars. This session, which is free and open to the public, will mark the first open-wheel test on NOLA’s new 2.67-mile course.

The top-tier Verizon IndyCar Series will stage its third round of the 2015 championship, the Indy Grand Prix of Louisiana, at NOLA in early April (tickets are now on sale, by the way).

Additionally, NOLA will be a major track for all three of the Mazda Road to Indy leagues. The MRTI’s Winterfest will take place there in February (with Indy Lights testing for two days), and both Pro Mazda and USF2000 will run doubleheaders as part of the track’s IndyCar weekend.

“We’re thrilled to finally have the first open-wheel test on the track since its completion,” NOLA president Kristen Engeron said in a statement. “We’re extremely excited to see cars on track, and we’re looking forward to hearing driver feedback on what we think are some exciting updates to the circuit.”

The NOLA test will also serve as the initial glimpse of Pelfrey’s new USF2000 program, which will join its ongoing Pro Mazda and F1600 programs.

“Everyone at Team Pelfrey is excited at the prospect of testing on the newly configured track at NOLA in preparation for the five Mazda Road to Indy races at the track in 2015,” Pelfrey team principal Nigel Tuckey said. “Besides the attendance of our Pro Mazda team, the test will also mark the first public appearance of our new for 2015 USF2000 team along with some very promising young drivers.

“Combine all of that excitement with the fun and great hospitality that Louisiana offers and December 8 can’t come soon enough.”