INDIANAPOLIS — Next week, some drivers hoping to qualify for the Indianapolis 500 will participate in two days of open testing on the oval at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
There will be test sessions on Wednesday, April 20th, and again on Thursday, April 21st.
On Wednesday, the first day of testing will be divided into three portions. From 11 a.m. until 1 p.m., senior drivers will have the opportunity to test their race configurations. Then, from 1 to 3 p.m., rookie drivers and returning veterans will be allowed on the course to finish their rookie orientation programs and perform refresher programs. All veterans and rookies who have finished their ROP can continue testing from 3 to 6 p.m.
Thursday will be a lot less complicated. Only one session will be held on Thursday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The test will be the first chance for all drivers to know what they want in their vehicles once track activity on the oval begins in May. Jimmie Johnson, a seven-time NASCAR Cup Series winner, is among those competing. Johnson has been preparing for the Indianapolis 500 for quite some time.
Johnson is healing from a fractured hand he suffered during last weekend’s Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach practice. He stated that he was ready for the test session. After testing in October of last year, this will be his second test session on the IMS oval.
Some of the drivers to watch at the test include Juan Pablo Montoya, JR Hildebrand, Marco Andretti, Romain Grosjean, and Callum Ilott. This year’s race will include one-off debuts by Montoya, Hildebrand, and Andretti, while Grosjean and Ilott are among the regular IndyCar Series drivers from Formula One and the F1 latter system who will make their Indy 500 debut in May.
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The public will be able to watch the two days of testing next week from the Turn 2 observation mounds in the infield of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. On NBC’s Peacock Premium, both days will be streamed live. The IndyCar Radio Network will broadcast the race live from start to finish.