IndyCar drivers will be given additional practice time at next weekend's Sears Point race to ensure that everyone has an equal chance to adapt to new modifications to the circuit layout.
The first 30 minutes of the opening practice session on IndyCar weekends are usually restricted to cars outside the top 10 in the points. However, the series has announced that drivers will be given an extra set of tyres and be allowed to run the entire opening session regardless of their position in the standings.
"There have been several changes to the track and this allows everyone an equal chance to learn the layout," said IndyCar president of competition Beaux Barfield.
"There is a test this week that does allow everyone an opportunity, but we wanted to be sure everyone had the chance to get miles and see the three fairly significant changes to the track."
The Californian road circuit has been modified in three places ahead of the race, with a completely re-profiled Turn 7, a widened Turn 9 and an extended braking area into Turn 11.