The Verizon IndyCar Series have been extremely busy recently firstly, there was Iowa Corn 300 on July 10 and then one week later the sport was north of the border in Canada for the Honda Indy Toronto won by Verizon Team Penske’s Will Power.
On Thursday the road show headed to the Mid-Ohio sports car course for a pre race test session.
Five Indy Lights drivers will join IndyCar Series drivers Tony Kanaan, Takuma Sato, Jack Hawksworth, Helio Castroneves, Conor Daly, Graham Rahal, JR Hildebrand, Helio Castroneves, Juan Pablo Montoya, Will Power and Simon Pagenaud along with Sebastien Bourdais and Spencer Pigot.
Scott Dixon will be in the No.9 Target car along with Indy Lights driver Felix Rosenqvist who took back to back victories in Indy Lights at the Honda Indy Toronto last weekend and speaking to IndyCar.com Chip Ganassi Racing’s general manager Mike Hull commented by saying:
Felix has won every form of formula car racing he’s ever driven and won championships in addition to races, He is one of those guys that didn’t come from a financial background, but an ability background, and that’s what makes him very special. I think that race drivers like Felix stand head and shoulders above many of their peers because they possess the kind of intellect that it takes to be patient and at the same time know how to perform, They have an enormous natural ability and the track or the key in racing is to be able to match natural ability in a team environment to get the most out of it together and I think that’s what he possesses.
Hull went on to say:
The way the system is set up for us (Chip Ganassi Racing) this year with INDYCAR is each full-season entrant can run one car in combination with an Indy Lights driver, So it will be the same car that Scott and Felix will share on Thursday. We will have test time organized that will include both of them in the car equally and I think it’s a terrific measure for Felix, because first of all, he’s jumping in the deep end with an Indy car and then he’ll have to figure out how he can match his ability to the race car. He is going to have a lot of help with Scott Dixon, with the engineering staff we have, with driver overlays (comparing their laps around the circuit) – which helps both drivers.
Ryan Hunter Reay will share his No.28 DHL Honda with Andretti Autosport Formula E driver Robin Frijns.
The test will provide the teams with some valuable information ahead of next weekend’s Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio which in 2015 was won by Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing’s Graham Rahal.