Verizon IndyCar Series preseason testing kicks into high gear this week, beginning Monday with a team session at Sonoma Raceway that will be open to the public.
A dozen drivers from six teams are expected to participate in the test on the 12-turn, 2.385-mile permanent road course that will play host to the series’ season finale, the Grand Prix of Sonoma, for the fourth straight year from Sept. 14-16.
Among those testing will Team Penske’s three drivers – including reigning Verizon IndyCar Series champion Josef Newgarden – in their first team test of the new year. Also expected to make their testing debuts are Jordan King and Gabby Chaves. King is driving the No.20 Ed Carpenter Racing Chevrolet at road- and street course events this season, while Chaves and Harding Racing are taking the step to full-time entry in the No.88 Chevy after competing in three races last year.
Other teams expected at the test in Northern California are A.J. Foyt Racing, Dale Coyne Racing and Schmidt Peterson Motorsports. Testing runs from noon-8 p.m. ET (9 a.m.-5 p.m. local). Admission is free and the track’s Raceway Café will be open to serve lunch.
For tickets to the Grand Prix of Sonoma, call (800) 870-7223 SonomaRaceway.com/indycar. Tickets may also be purchased on site at the test session.
Final day of ISM Raceway open test open free to public
Twenty-three cars are anticipated to participate in a series-wide open test at ISM Raceway (the former Phoenix Raceway) on Feb. 9-10, with the final test day open free to the public.
The third annual Verizon IndyCar Series “Prix View” test session on Feb. 10 will allow fans the opportunity to see the new-look Indy cars with the universal aero kit up close before the series returns for the Phoenix Grand Prix weekend on April 6-7. Fans will also have the opportunity at the Prix View to interact with their favorite drivers at a late-afternoon autograph session.
Gates open at 2 p.m. ET (noon local) with free admission and parking. On-track test sessions run from 3-6 p.m. ET (1-4 p.m. local) and 8-11 p.m. ET (6-9 p.m. local). In between sessions, an all-driver autograph session will occur from 6:45-7:30 p.m. ET at the track’s DC Solar Power Pavilion. Fans may obtain a wristband to participate in the autograph session from the ISM Raceway display booth beginning at 2 p.m. ET (noon local), while supplies last.
Concessions will be open at the Allison Grandstands. Tickets for the Phoenix Grand Prix can be purchased near the track’s Canyon 1 that day, by calling (866) 408-7223 or visiting ISMraceway.com. Ticket prices range from $35-70 for adults and are $10 for children. Active-duty military members and veterans receive discounted pricing as well. Fans can get the ultimate experience with ISM Raceway’s paddock and pit pass, which includes an all-access view of the INDYCAR garages and pits for $50.