"It's great to have IndyCars back out here," said J Douglas Boles, president of IMS. "Obviously the first time we had somebody here was with Dan Wheldon in the fall of 2011. Being able to see guys come out here with cars that are ready to run and ready to go is fantastic."
Boles added that ever since the possibility of adding a road course race at IMS had first been raised, there had been considerable support for the idea.
"I think everybody at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and the whole organisation is excited about the prospects, otherwise we wouldn't be having this test," he said. "We have a great facility right here in the middle of Indianapolis, and many of the teams are based here.
"We certainly think we have a big fan base here in Indianapolis and people love to see these cars run. Yes, it's a break from tradition, not running in the oval direction, but that's why we're here," he added. "We're excited and we're hearing great things from the drivers, which is even better, and that's the next step in deciding how we use the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course."