After 20 drivers tested over three days last week at Sebring International Raceway, some of them – and a couple who didn't – will return to action this Wednesday, Feb. 27 at Sonoma Raceway.
“Anytime there are people testing somewhere and you're not there you feel like you're missing something, but we'll get our turn soon and we're excited about that,” owner/driver Ed Carpenter, who will get his first test run of the preseason in California, told IndyCar.com. “The season is just around the corner and we have a lot of work to do out there, so it should be a good test.”
Carpenter will be joined by JR Hildebrand (National Guard Panther Racing), Oriol Servia (Panther DRR), Tony Kanaan and Simona de Silvestro (KV Racing Technology and Sebastien Bourdais and Sebastian Saavedra (Dragon Racing) as part of a Chevrolet manufacturer test.
Simon Pagenaud (Schmidt Hamilton HP Motorsports) and Tristan Vautier (Schmidt Peterson Motorsports) will participate in a Honda manufacturer test.
The track will be open to the public for the test for free from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Spectators who purchase a ticket to the Aug. 23-25 GoPro Indy Grand Prix of Sonoma will be given a pit tour. A news conference will be held during the mid-day break in the action and fans will be admitted free, as well, pending space.
The Sonoma one-day test is the last scheduled before the first official Open Test of the year at Barber Motorsports Park on March 12-13. The season-opening Honda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg is March 22-24.
“I haven't driven since last December and I'm anxious to get out there,” added Pagenaud. “We have some work to do on the road course setup. After the Sebring test in December we knew we needed to focus more on the road course this year where the street course has a good package. The nice thing this year is we have two cars for sharing information.”