The Indianapolis Motor Speedway will open its doors to fans next week when most of the competitors for the 102nd Indy 500 turn their first test laps with the new 2018 bodywork at IMS.
Free access to the three-day open test from Monday through Wednesday will be provided in the South Terrace grandstands, atop the Turn 2 infield viewing mound, and in the IMS Museum parking lot located in the short chute between Turns 1 and 2.For Monday’s open test and Tuesday’s Rookie Orientation Program and refresher laps, fan access will run from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. ET, and for Wednesday’s Manufacturers’ test, an earlier start at 9 a.m. will be provided that runs through the end of the test at 5 p.m.
Among the notable participants, three-time Indy 500 winner Helio Castroneves, who made a full-time move to Team Penske’s IMSA sports car program, will return to the Speedway in his Chevy-powered Penske Indy car on Monday. The Brazilian completes Team Penske’s four-car roster.
And on Tuesday, former IndyCar and NASCAR driver Danica Patrick will make her return to open-wheel racing with Ed Carpenter Racing’s Chevy-powered outfit. The test will mark Patrick’s first time in an Indy car since 2011.
Read more about the full driver roster and day-by-day test plans here.