Three weeks after winning his fourth IndyCar championship, instead of a long break of rest and relaxation, Scott Dixon will be back at work Tuesday.
Dixon will be one of 10 IndyCar drivers slated to take part in an open test at the iconic Road America, the 4.048-mile twisting road course in central Wisconsin, about an hour north of Milwaukee.
The Elkhart Lake, Wis., facility, which celebrated its 60th anniversary this year, will throw open its doors not only to drivers and teams Tuesday, but also to fans and media.
The test will be in preparation for the Road America Grand Prix on June 23-26, 2016, which will mark IndyCar’s return to the iconic track for the first time since 2007. Road America hosted the series every year from 1982 through 2007.
“I’m excited to go back. It’s one of the old-school American tracks that reminds me a little bit of Watkins Glen with the style of racing,” Dixon said in an IndyCar media release. “We’ll work through a lot of things so when we come back next year we’ll be prepared to challenge for the win.”
Other drivers scheduled to test include Dixon’s Chip Ganassi Racing teammates Tony Kanaan and Charlie Kimball, AJ Foyt Racing’s Takuma Sato, CFH Racing’s Josef Newgarden, Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing’s Graham Rahal and Team Penske’s Helio Castroneves, Juan Pablo Montoya, Simon Pagenaud and Will Power.
The test session will go from 8:30 am to 4 pm CT. Fan admission is $20, with half of that amount going to the Wilson Children’s Fund to benefit the family of the late Justin Wilson.
Benny Bloss will race for the factory Beta Motorcycles team in 2024 as that manufacturer joins SuperMotocross as the ninth brand to compete in the series. Beta Motorcycles will make their debut in the Monster Energy Supercross opener at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, California in January.
“The wait is over and we can finally share everything we have been working towards,” said Carlen Gardner, Race Team Manager in a press release. “It has been a great experience being a part of this development and seeing the progression. The only missing part was finding a rider that would mesh well with our Beta Family.
“After a one phone call with Benny, we knew it would be a good fit for him, and for us. We are happy to have him on board for the next two years and can’t wait to see everyone at Anaheim in January.”
Bloss has a pair of top-10 rankings in the division with a sixth-place finish in the Pro Motocross Championship in 2016 and a seventh in 2018. His best Supercross season ended 15th in the standings in 2018.
“I’m extremely excited to join the Beta Factory Racing team,” Bloss said. “It’s cool to see a brand with such a rich history in off-road racing to come into the US Supercross and Motocross space. I know this team will be capable of great things as we build and go racing in 2024.”
Bloss is currently 22nd in the SuperMotocross rankings and has not raced in the first two rounds of the Motocross season.
Testing for Beta Motorcycles is scheduled to begin in August and the team expects to announce a second rider at that time.
The family-owned brand adds to the international flare of the sport. The company was founded in Florence, Italy in 1905 as Società Giuseppe Bianchi as they built handmade bicycles, The transition to motorcycle production in the late 1940s.
Beta Motorcycles competed and won in motocross competition in the late 1970s and early 1980s with Jim Pomeroy and other riders.