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Rahal, Briscoe begin IMS road course test for IndyCar

Sep 4, 2013, 12:49 PM EDT

Graham Rahal on the IMS road course (IndyCar photo) Graham Rahal on the IMS road course (IndyCar photo)

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.

  1. indycarseries500 - Sep 4, 2013 at 4:00 PM

    Can anyone else think of another major circuit that can be run in both directions other than the IMS road course?

    • uplander99 - Sep 4, 2013 at 6:36 PM

      All of them?

      Why not?

      Tell me why Monza couldn’t be run backwards for example.

      Heck, I’ve done them all backwards on video games until they’ve blackflagged me.

      • indycarseries500 - Sep 4, 2013 at 10:38 PM

        Haha well you could but insurance companies/drivers tend to frown on it when all the barriers are set up to be run the normal direction. There’d have to be quite a bit of semi-heavy construction to make it viable to run the opposite direction.

  2. Jeff - Sep 5, 2013 at 11:18 AM

    Well I like the idea of a road course IndyCar at IMS. At first I was stunned, but it’s growing one now. That said, it should be May to kick off all the festivities in Indianapolis. Also IndyCar should race on the MotoGP course going counterclockwise. I don’t think Rahal and Briscoe tested that layout. They went through at least one oval turn. If the road course race comes to fruition, I’d prefer to see no oval turns, MotoGP style.

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