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Pre-season Daytona test confirmed

The IndyCar Series has confirmed that it will complete a two-day pre-season test at Daytona International speedway for the first time in IRL history

The announcement comes after a handful of drivers took part in a compatibility test on the speedway's 10-turn road course in September.

The test, which begins on January 31st, will be the first time that the entire field will run on a 100% ethanol fuel mix.

John Lewis, vice president of league development for the IRL, said: "The feedback coming out of the test from our drivers, teams, Firestone, Honda, and Ethanol was very supportive of pursuing Daytona as a test venue."

The series will also test at Homestead-Miami speedway for the seventh year running, but the test will be held under the lights in preparation for the opening racing of the  season.

"Enhancing the Homestead-Miami Speedway experience to include testing under the lights makes perfect sense as we become the only open-wheel series to open its season in prime time," Lewis added.

"The IndyCar Series was the first series of its kind to race at night at Texas, and now we are advancing that to include the season opener."

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