Indy Lights official test date moved, for good reasoning: too much demand

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The Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires first official test with the new Dallara IL15 chassis was scheduled for December 16-17 at Palm Beach International Raceway.

The series announced today the test date would be moved to January 13-14, but not for a negative reason.

It turns out the demand for new cars is so great – witness the official confirmation of Carlin Racing and Andretti Autosport’s entries this week – that engine manufacturer AER [Advanced Engine Research] requires more time to meet the demand for engines. Further driver announcements are expected during next week’s Performance Racing Industry [PRI] trade show in Indianapolis.

Teams can still use the Dec. 16-17 dates at PBIR if they so choose, but those days will count as Entrant Private Test Days.

The revised date means January and February will be heavy on testing.

Additional series testing is scheduled for January 26-27 at the Homestead-Miami Speedway road course and January 29 on the oval.

Testing will continue in February in conjunction with the Cooper Tires Winterfest for Pro Mazda and the Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship Powered by Mazda at the newly reconstructed NOLA Motorsports Park in Avondale, La., on February 17-18 and Barber Motorsports Park in Birmingham, Ala., on February 23-24.