IZOD IndyCar Series drivers will go right back to work this week following the Indianapolis 500. In preparation for the June 19 Milwaukee 225 at the Milwaukee Mile, 14 drivers will test Wednesday on the one-mile oval, while 10 more will test on Friday, after Firestone Indy Lights drivers will be on the track June 2. The track will be open to fans for tests from 9 a.m.-5 p.m., and Milwaukee 225 promoters will host a watching party (food, drinks, apparel, ticket purchase) on Friday in the Turn 2 parking lot.
Both series are returning to the historic track after a year's absence.
“I'm looking forward to going back,” Sarah Fisher Racing driver Ed Carpenter, who will be among the drivers testing today, told IndyCar.com. “It's a very challenging racetrack for drivers, engineers and teams, so there's definitely a premium on getting a good balance on the car and a good setup. We'll be working on that during the day.”
Also at the track June 1 will be Andretti Autosport drivers Danica Patrick, Ryan Hunter-Reay, Marco Andretti and Mike Conway; Vitor Meira of A.J. Foyt Racing; the KV Racing Technology-Lotus contingent of Indy 500 fourth-place finisher Tony Kanaan, Takuma Sato and E.J. Viso; Ed Carpenter of Sarah Fisher Racing; Dreyer & Reinbold Racing's Justin Wilson and Beatriz; Simona de Silvestro of HVM Racing; James Jakes of Dale Coyne Racing; and Conquest Racing's Sebastian Saavedra.
Testing on Friday will be all four Chip Ganassi Racing drivers, all three Team Penske drivers, Indy 500 runner-up and Rookie of the Year JR Hildebrand, Newman/Haas Racing's Oriol Servia and Dreyer & Reinbold Racing's Ana Beatriz.
Firestone Indy Lights competitors getting in laps June 2 include Firestone Freedom 100 winner and series points leader Josef Newgarden, along with Sam Schmidt Motorsports teammates Esteban Guerrieri, Bryan Clauson and Victor Carbone. Team Moore Racing's Victor Carbone and Gustavo Yacaman, Team Jensen's Juan Pablo Garcia and David Ostella, Andretti Autosport's Stefan Wilson, Bryan Herta Autosport's Duarte Ferreira and 02 Racing's Peter Demsey and Mikael Grenier also will be in cars.