Ganassi kicks off IndyCar running at NOLA Motorsports Park

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As MotorSportsTalk chronicled heading into this week’s first Verizon IndyCar Series team test at NOLA Motorsports Park, Chip Ganassi Racing got a leg up on the competition as the first team to run on the circuit outside New Orleans.

All four team drivers – confirmed drivers Scott Dixon, Tony Kanaan and Charlie Kimball along with CGR developmental driver and likely fourth full-season driver Sage Karam – got a day’s worth of running in on the 2.67-mile circuit.

All four have interesting stories to tell as a result of this first test, before IndyCar races at New Orleans April 10-12, 2015.

For Dixon, it’s a chance to get his first running in at the track geographically closest on the IndyCar schedule to Barber Motorsports Park, where he has enjoyed so much success but often come up short of winning (he traditionally has finished second at Barber).

For Kanaan, the test came only a day after the birth of new son Deco on Tuesday.

For Kimball, it was a chance to help begin the telling of IndyCar’s story in New Orleans.

“We’re coming in 10 years after a such big event in the city’s history, and we get to put on our show,” Kimball told FOX 8 reporter Sean Fazende in an interview. “We get to show Louisiana and New Orleans what IndyCar is all about. It’s already a lot of fun to drive.”

And for Karam, it was his second straight IndyCar test with CGR after also testing with the team in December. While not confirmed yet, Karam is more confident and mature heading into his second season with the team.

Here are some of the reactions from Ganassi managing director Mike Hull on Twitter, and also from Karam and Kimball: