IndyCar to assess changes to oval package with group test at Texas
|By Mark Glendenning||Friday, May 4th 2012, 08:41 GMT|
IndyCar is looking to confirm that changes it has made to its oval-spec aerodynamic package have worked when it conducts an 11-car test at Texas on Monday.
The series ran a two-car test in February to establish a baseline package for next month's Texas race, and IndyCar vice president of technology Will Phillips said that the priority on Monday will be to verify that that the updates have worked as expected.
"We're going to Texas to confirm that the aero spec that we laid down is correct," Phillips said. "We made a commitment that we would run cars at Texas in a small number and go back to run the cars in as big a group as possible prior to racing there. It will also give us an insight into Indianapolis."
Ryan Briscoe, who joined Tony Kanaan at the February test, said that Monday's outing would be useful for both improving the car and getting some extra oval mileage ahead of the Indianapolis 500.
"We were able to work on the balance of the car while we were there and got it to where it felt really solid," said Briscoe. "We've had very limited oval track time in general, so it will be a good pre-Indy test as well. It's a good chance to run together and see what we've got."
Present at the test will be AJ Foyt Racing's Mike Conway and Wade Cunningham, owner-driver Ed Carpenter, Ganassi's Scott Dixon, Dario Franchitti, Graham Rahal and Charlie Kimball, and Penske's Will Power, Helio Castroneves and Briscoe.
KV Racing's Rubens Barrichello will also take part; the Brazilian having been scheduled to start his running one day earlier in order to take his mandatory pre-Indy oval test.