Ryan Briscoe will join Graham Rahal in testing Wednesday, Sept. 4 on multiple configurations of the infield road course of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. The test is being organized by IMS and IndyCar officials to gather information about the current course layouts as the Indianapolis Motor Speedway considers changes and upgrades.
Speedway officials plan to invest nearly $100 million in the facility as part of a long-term master plan that could include modifications to the road course to allow it to accommodate IndyCar testing or racing in the future.
Drivers will utilize Turn 1 of the oval and the existing Turn 1 of the road course. Spectators can watch the on-track activity from the South Terrace grandstand and Turn 2 viewing mounds.
Briscoe will drive the Chevrolet-powered No. 4 National Guard Panther Racing car. It will be his first experience on the road course.
"I thought Sonoma would be the last time I would be driving an IndyCar for some time, so to get the invite to be part of this test is really cool," said Briscoe. "It's always special to drive at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway whether it's on the oval or any other course. I'm really looking forward to it."
Rahal, who will drive the Honda-powered No. 15 Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing car, competed on the IMS road course in Formula BMW and Indy Lights.
"As we look to the future of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, the goal is to make changes to the road course that provide the most flexibility for its potential use and create a layout that is entertaining for our fans and enjoyable for our drivers, whether it is for IndyCar testing or racing, sports cars, MotoGP or other uses," said Doug Boles, Indianapolis Motor Speedway president.
The only other time an IndyCar was tested on the IMS road course was in the fall of 2011 when two-time Indianapolis 500 champion Dan Wheldon tested the current IZOD IndyCar Series Dallara chassis that debuted in 2012. Wheldon ran the 13-corner layout in clockwise direction only during the test session, which was used to develop the car, not for track information purposes.