The NTT IndyCar Series will not run a full field pre-season test ahead of the 2021 season, Paddock Eye has learnt.
The NTT IndyCar Series regulations state that teams can return to the track next week to prepare for the new season however due to COVID-19 the teams will not travel for a full field test despite a vaccine being released.
The other factor is that no IndyCar Series circuit is available for a full field test.
The opening race of the 2021 season, the Firestone Grand Prix of St Petersburg takes place from March 5-7.
With less than ten weeks to go until the season gets underway a number of seats need to be filled.
Dale Coyne Racing have two seats available following the departure of Alex Palou to Chip Ganassi Racing while Paddock Eye understands that Santino Ferrucci will not return for a third season with the team having signed a 20 race schedule in NASCAR’s Xfinity Cup Series.
Meanwhile, Andretti Autosport are expected to remain a five car full-time operation in 2021 despite the departure of Mike Harding and George Steinbrenner VI with James Hinchcliffe set to take on the No.29 Honda.