Sep 4, 2013, 12:49 PM EDT
Graham Rahal and Ryan Briscoe, of Rahal Letterman Lanigan and Panther Racing, respectively, have run their first laps heading in the opposite direction at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
The two are testing several different course configurations of the IMS road course to determine feasibility for an IndyCar race to be held there next year. Additionally, they’re testing different Firestone tire compounds.
Some quick quotes from Rahal to IndyCar’s PR department regarding the test: “The good things is it’s wide. There will be plenty of opportunity to pass. Really trying to figure out the configuration to run, the tire, what compound to run.”
The initial word that comes to my mind with IndyCar on the IMS road course is “weird” – although others have decried it as “blasphemous” or “against tradition.”
The “tradition” argument doesn’t hold up because there have been plenty of things done at IMS over the last 20 years that have gone against tradition. And I’ll also say that weird can be wonderful, and Indy has always been a place for trying new things, so for now at least I’ll keep an open mind.
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