The Verizon IndyCar Series not have been racing this weekend however the sport is getting ready for a busy run in to the end of the 2016 season with five races in eight weeks.
Team Penske’s Simon Pagenaud has been the stand out performer this season however one other driver has really shone in 2016 and that is Ed Carpenter Racing’s Josef Newgarden. The American started the 100th running of the Indianapolis 500 from the front row alongside Andretti Autosport’s Ryan Hunter Reay and Indy 500 pole sitter James Hinchcliffe.
Newgarden who suffered a fractured clavicle and wrist at the Firestone 600 has raced on and in Iowa two weeks ago he won in style making Verizon IndyCar Series history by leading 282 of 300 laps. Newgarden has one road course podium this season having finished the Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama in third place behind Graham Rahal.
The test at Mid-Ohio on Thursday went well for all 17 drivers involved as they get ready for the demanding circuit.
During the test, Andretti Autosport Formula E driver Robin Frijns drove a Verizon IndyCar Series car for the first time when he shared Ryan Hunter Reay’s No.28 DHL Honda and speaking following the test he commented by saying:
It’s been more than two years since I drove a downforce car, Even though I drove Formula One for two years and I drove GP2, then doing nothing on the downforce side and then jumping back, it’s not that easy. It’s a big change back.” The car is in one piece. I’m in one piece, Overall I feel pretty happy.
Following a busy period for the Verizon IndyCar Series at the conclusion of the Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio next weekend there will be a three week break until the ABC Supply 500 at Pocono Raceway on August 21.