The Verizon IndyCar Series announced on Thursday the testing regulations for the 2017 season. The regulations highlight that there will be four open tests during the season.
The first test of 2017 will take place at Phoenix International Raceway on February 11/12. The second test will take place at Barber Motorsports Park on March 21. There will be a test at Barber Motorsports Park on March 21. On May 2, the series will head to Gateway Motorsports Park, while the final test of 2017 season will take place at Sonoma Raceway on September 14.
Speaking about the schedule, Verizon IndyCar Series president of competition and operations Jay Frye commented by saying:
We collaborated with all of our teams on the 2017 testing regulations with the goal of minimizing the amount of in-season testing, The majority of testing will take place at a series of open tests, which have been strategically routed to coincide with our race schedule. As we finalized our regulations, the focus was on making our test schedule more efficient and minimizing the overall demands on the crews during the year. We’re confident that this is a positive step forward for the Verizon IndyCar Series.
The winter testing window opens on Monday October 3 and runs until April 3 with teams permitted three test days during this window.
Teams can earn extra test days by running rookie drivers.
Tire testing will be permitted at the request of the official Verizon IndyCar Series tire supplier Firestone. Firestone will conduct two days of testing either in season or during the pre season period.
Should there be a new Verizon IndyCar Series team entering the sport they are allowed up to four days of addition testing.