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Test plans for off-week.

After five consecutive weekends of practice/qualifying/racing at Indianapolis, Milwaukee and Texas, the IndyCar Series takes this weekend off - although some teams will need some convincing.

Many will pack in a chance to test at venues hosting the next three races in what is one of the few opportunities - Indy Racing League rules state there is no testing allowed within seven days of an event -- this summer.

While Vision Racing's Ed Carpenter will participate in a Firestone tyre test at Chicagoland Speedway on 10 June, Dario Franchitti will be in his regular Target Chip Ganassi Racing car at Iowa Speedway the same day, and then fit in some R&R in France to watch brother Marino compete in the 77th edition of the Le Mans 24 Hours.

Meanwhile, at Richmond International Raceway, Team Penske's Helio Castroneves and Ryan Briscoe, Panther Racing's Dan Wheldon, Luczo Dragon Racing rookie Raphael Matos and HVM Racing's EJ Viso will all run on the 0.75-mile oval.

Grandstands will be open to the public at Richmond, while Watkins Glen International has invited fans to watch eight drivers test on the road course today [9 June], in advance of the Camping World Grand Prix at The Glen on 3-5 July. Andretti Green Racing's Danica Patrick, Tony Kanaan and Marco Andretti, KV Racing Technology's Mario Moraes, Dreyer & Reinbold Racing's Mike Conway and Milka Duno, and Dale Coyne Racing's Justin Wilson are all slated to run, while last season's Indy Lights runner-up Richard Antinucci will test for Team 3G.


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Josef Newgarden, driver of the #67 Wichita State University CFH Racing Chevrolet V6 IndyCar, celebrates his second-place finish Saturday, July 18, 2015, during the Verizon IndyCar Series Iowa Corn 300 at Iowa Speedway in Newton, Iowa. (Photo by Phillip Abbott/LAT for Chevy Racing)
Sage Karam, driver of the #8 Comfort Revolution/Big Machine Records Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet IndyCar V6, races to a third-place finish Saturday, July 18, 2015, during the Verizon IndyCar Series Iowa Corn 300 at Iowa Speedway in Newton, Iowa. (Photo by Scott R. LePage/LAT for Chevy Racing)
Josef Newgarden, driver of the #67 Wichita State University CFH Racing Chevrolet V6 IndyCar, races to a second-place finish Saturday, July 18, 2015, during the Verizon IndyCar Series Iowa Corn 300 at Iowa Speedway in Newton, Iowa. (Photo by Scott R. LePage/LAT for Chevy Racing)
Ryan Hunter-Reay celebrates in Victory Lane after winning the Iowa Corn 300 at Iowa Speedway (Photo by: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
Ryan Hunter-Reay celebrates in Victory Lane after winning the Iowa Corn 300 at Iowa Speedway (Photo by: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)

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Don - Unregistered

June 09, 2009 7:19 PM

Yes Roadrage, I loved CART too. It probably was the best racing series on the planet back in the day. But CART and Champ Car are long gone and this is what we're left with. As a long time CART and Champ Car fan, I've hated Tony George for years for creating the split, but everyones back together again. Look for things to get much more interesting with the new engine / chassis formula in 2011.

roadrage - Unregistered

June 09, 2009 6:11 PM

Who cares? Tony George effectively killed what was the best open wheel racing series in the world years ago when he split from CART. He had the bucks to buy off Ganassi, Andretti, Rahal, Penske etc., which killed CART. TV coverage reflects the decline as now the races are shown on a network many people don't even get.



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