The IndyCar Series season ended a month ago, but things are already in a preparation mode for the 2019 season, and in particular, the 103rd running of the Indianapolis 500 on May 26.
Wednesday at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, several drivers will take part in a private, closed Firestone tire test.
The test will run from 9 am to 5 pm ET. Neither fans nor media are allowed to attend.
Among drivers scheduled to take part in the test:
- 2018 Verizon IndyCar Series champion Scott Dixon (Chip Ganassi Racing)
- 2018 Indianapolis 500 winner Will Power (Team Penske)
- Tony Kanaan (A.J. Foyt Racing)
- Ed Carpenter (Ed Carpenter Racing)
- Alexander Rossi (Andretti Autosport)
- Graham Rahal (Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing)
Simona de Silvestro will become a test driver for the Venturi Formula E team for 2018/2019 season.In addition
De Silvestro previously raced limited events in the series during the 2014/2015 and 2015/2016 seasons.
I’m delighted to make my return to Formula E as a test driver for Venturi Formula E Team and I’m grateful to Susie (Wolff, team principal) and Gildo (Pastor, team president) for the opportunity,” de Silvestro said on SpeedCafe.com.
“Since competing in Season 2, I’ve kept a close eye on the Formula E championship and followed its development with interest,” de Silvestro continued. “The arrival of the new Gen2 car represents a huge milestone for the series and I am very happy to be back in an active role at this exciting and important time.”
De Silvestro has raced in Australian Supercars since 2017. She will continue to race in that series with Kelly Racing as she balances her time with Venturi.
The bulk of de Silvestro’s testing will be done in its simulator in Monaco.
“The next 12 months will be really busy for me with both Formula E and my Australian Supercars commitments but I’m ready for the challenge and it’s a joy to be working with such a well connected and committed team as Venturi,” de Silvestro said.
“Simona is a real team player and a driver I was keen to work with,” said team principal Wolff. “She has a very positive attitude and no-nonsense approach to her work which will fit in well with the team.”