May 8, 2014, 6:01 PM EDT
With the first Grand Prix of Indianapolis set for Saturday on the combination speedway and infield road course at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, we thought we’d give you a preview of what kind of a track IndyCar drivers will be competing upon.
We must admit, we like the layout — although it’s still kind of weird to see an IndyCar going in the reverse direction while on the fabled 2.5-mile oval part that comprises part of the road course layout.
Check out the video below to see how driver Sebastien Bourdais, who was fastest in Thursday’s first practice no less, puts his open-wheeler through its paces on the 2.439-mile, 14-turn track.
“It’s a challenging racetrack,” Bourdais told IndyCar.com. “You have to commit to it and the grip level, so you can challenge yourself in the car. The last section is very enjoyable. The left, right, left and right again, that’s opened up a lot more than it used to be, and they are all third-gear corners. It’s actually quite fun. The car digs in and goes side-to-side as you’re working the tires and pushing yourself. It’s quite fun and I see some passing areas. It will be interesting.”
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