WEST ALLIS, Wis. — Nineteen IZOD IndyCar Series drivers were on hand less than 48 hours after the running of the 96th Indianapolis 500 at the Milwaukee Mile preparing for the Milwaukee IndyFest June 15-16.
Those participating were: Dale Coyne Racing’s Justin Wilson, James Jakes; Team Penske’s Ryan Briscoe, Helio Castroneves and Will Power; KV Racing Technology’s Rubens Barrichello, Tony Kanaan and E.J. Viso; Panther Racing’s JR Hildebrand; Panther/Dreyer & Reinbold Racing’s Oriol Servia; Sarah Fisher Hartman Racing’s Josef Newgarden; Target Chip Ganassi Racing’s Scott Dixon; Service Central Chip Ganassi Racing’s Graham Rahal; Novo Nordisk Chip Ganassi Racing’s Charlie Kimball; Schmidt Hamilton HP Motorsports’ Simon Pagenaud; Andretti Autosport’s Ryan Hunter-Reay and James Hinchcliffe; and A.J. Foyt Racing’s Mike Conway.
The test allowed the teams their first chance to run on the one-mile oval with the DW-12 Dallara Chassis. Several drivers meet with the media during a short break in the session.
Series point leader Will Power: “The car is about where we expected it as far as speed and downforce, very close to last year’s numbers
Graham Rahal: “We been on the front row here twice, I love qualifying here its memorable laps, were going to run a lot of laps today so we can get some good data for when were back in a few weeks.”
Tony Kannan: “The windy conditions are making it difficult at times.” On running a dirt late model in the upcoming Prelude to the Dream at Eldora: “It will be my third time.It’s such a challenge driving the car, with our busy schedule makes it difficult to get any laps in that type of car, I love the event.”
Rubens Barrichello: “Every chance I get to run laps in these cars is a big help for me. This is the third oval I’ve been on. The track is everything TK (Tony Kannan) said it was going to be. I’m enjoying myself so much this year.”
Promoter Michael Andretti on the decision to promote the race: “Something needed to be done to keep this race on the schedule, it’s a great venue and has the history.”
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