MADISON, Ill. – Seven Verizon IndyCar Series drivers participated in a tire test for Firestone Racing Thursday at Gateway Motorsports Park.
The test was conducted by Firestone Racing Chief Engineer Cara Adams in preparation for Gateway Motorsports Park’s Verizon IndyCar Series race slated for Aug. 26, 2017.
“Our intent in coming to Gateway today is to understand the needs of the Gateway track surface and make sure we apply the appropriate tire specifications for the upcoming race,” Adams said.
“I’m thrilled we have IndyCar here again today,” said Curtis Francois, owner and president of Gateway Motorsports Park. “It’s a dream come true. As a fan, as a racer, as a track owner, I couldn’t ask for anything more than to see these open-wheel cars running almost 200 miles per hour around Gateway Motorsports Park.
“It is so important that the fans get a great show. With a unified IndyCar, you’re getting the best open-wheel racing in the United States. Without a doubt, this is going to be the most exciting oval race we’ve ever had in St. Louis.”
Drivers participating in the test included James Hinchcliffe, Marco Andretti, Graham Rahal, Ed Carpenter, Tony Kanaan, Sebastien Bourdais and Josef Newgarden, who was making his Team Penske debut.
Hinchcliffe, the polesitter for the 100th running of the Indianapolis 500 in May and a current contestant on the “Dancing with the Stars” TV show, took time out during the lunch break to talk about the 1.25-mile St. Louis oval.
“I think it’s huge for IndyCar and also exciting for me to come to a new track,” said Hinchcliffe. “We always love doing that. And especially one that has so much history with IndyCar racing. I’ve seen old races from here at Gateway and I’ve heard a lot of stories from the old-timers who’ve raced here and it’s always exciting when we get to come back.”