IndyCar Series Schedules Compatibility Test
The IndyCar Series and Daytona International Speedway announced today plans for a compatibility test at Daytona International Speedway on Sept. 26 and 27.
The test will feature 2006 IndyCar Series Champion Sam Hornish, Jr., (Marlboro Team Penske); 2006 Rolex 24 At Daytona and 2003 IndyCar Series Champion Scott Dixon and 2006 Rolex 24 At Daytona Champion and 2005 IndyCar Series Champion Dan Wheldon (Target Chip Ganassi Racing). Third-generation racer and 2006 Rookie of the Year Marco Andretti and 2004 IndyCar Series Champ and teammate Tony Kanaan (Andretti Green Racing) and Vitor Meira (Panther Racing), inaugural winner of the IndyCar Series' Rising Star Award, given in honor of the late Tony Renna will also take part in the test.
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The visit will allow IndyCar Series officials to determine the possibility of Daytona International Speedway serving as a preseason testing venue.
DIS Track President Robin Braig, along with IRL's John Lewis, VP of League Development, will take part in a media conference call today (Wednesday, Sept. 13) at 2 p.m. (ET) The call-in number for media is 866-475-2663 and the pass code is Indy Racing.
"We are both excited and curious to see the IndyCar Series cars on the road-course and high banked third and fourth turns of Daytona International Speedway," said Lewis. "A compatibility test is due diligence by the League to make sure our equipment is well-suited with a facility.
"We had inquired with International Speedway Corp. about alternative warm weather venues for our pre-season testing and that led to the planned compatibility test at Daytona. The IndyCar Series is committed to continuing at a minimum its annual pre-season oval testing at the Homestead-Miami Speedway and in this case we will be at Daytona to see if the track could be a possible option for our for road-course pre-season testing in the future."
The compatibility test will allow series officials to see transitions onto the banking, tire wear/side loads and braking zones while looking for any challenging surface areas on the track. The IndyCar Series officials have analyzed data from Chip Ganassi Racing and Cheever Racing Rolex Sports Car Series programs that indicate IndyCar Series cars should have no issues.
Chassis-maker Dallara has stress-tested suspension as well on the calculated loads. Firestone will evaluate among its selection of tires what will be used at the compatibility test.
The test will take place on the 2.73-mile tri-oval and road course which includes ten turns.
"We're happy to welcome the IndyCar Series to Daytona International Speedway," said DIS President Braig. "The IndyCar Series has asked to test here at Daytona, we had an opening on our schedule, and we're happy to accommodate them."
The IndyCar Series and its teams will conduct the on-track activity with support from the Daytona facilities crew. For track services, Daytona will tap the experience and knowledge available from International Speedway Corporation's (ISC) other facilities with IndyCar Series events, which include Homestead-Miami Speedway, Watkins Glen International, Richmond International Raceway, Kansas Speedway and Michigan International Speedway.
Daytona International Speedway and ISC have been very accommodating and we're excited to see what opportunities this might bring," said Lewis.
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