Davey Hamilton to make driving comeback in next week’s IndyCar oval test

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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – Davey Hamilton is a busy individual this year, serving as radio broadcaster/color analyst for IndyCar Radio, managing director of Kingdom Racing and executive director of USAC Racing.

But next Sunday at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Hamilton will be returning to his roots, and getting back behind the wheel of a modern-day IndyCar for the Verizon IndyCar Series’ open test for the new oval aero kits.

With NBCSN IndyCar analyst and Dreyer & Reinbold/Kingdom Racing Townsend Bell unavailable – he’ll be in Monterey at the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship race driving a GT Daytona class Ferrari 458 Italia GT3 – Hamilton will suit up and test the No. 24 Chevrolet Bell will be driving in the Indianapolis 500.

“We have the car and we have the test day to use,” Hamilton told MotorSportsTalk Saturday afternoon, during the second practice session at Barber Motorsports Park.

“It’ll be my first time in the DW12. It’s my first time in the car since 2011. We figure we should be out there.”

Hamilton has had driving experience in the intervening four years since, driving IndyCar’s two-seater. But he hasn’t started an IndyCar race since the canceled Las Vegas race to end the 2011 season, the last race with the previous generation Dallara IR03 chassis, and technically hasn’t been in a completed race since the Texas Motor Speedway doubleheader in June of that year.

While he won’t be racing, it will be interesting to see how he compares the old car to the new one, especially given his current radio commitments.