IndyCar teams begin off-season testing, including at Circuit of the Americas

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The 2019 IndyCar Series doesn’t begin until March 10, but preparations are already underway for several teams that are taking part in off-season testing.

Monday, Andretti Autosport’s Alexander Rossi and AJ Foyt Racing’s Tony Kanaan took to Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas, to get a feel for the place, which will be on the IndyCar schedule for the first time ever on March 24, 2019.

A full all-team IndyCar test is slated for COTA in February 12-13.

Here’s some video from Monday’s test at COTA, including interviews with Rossi and Kanaan, courtesy of IndyCar.

Also on Monday, Chip Ganassi Racing tested at Barber Motorsports Park in Birmingham, Alabama.

Other teams are also expected to begin off-season testing in the coming weeks.

Simona de Silvestro to become Venturi Formula E test driver

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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.”