Current roster for Aug. 17 Sonoma test

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With a tweaked Sonoma track awaiting them at the GoPro Indy Grand Prix on Aug. 24-26, a majority of the IZOD IndyCar Series drivers and teams have decided to get an early look in a test session set for next Friday, Aug. 17 (9 a.m.-5 p.m. PT).

As of now, 20 drivers are expected to turn laps around the 2.2-mile, natural terrain road course. The INDYCAR layout will feature modifications to Turns 7 (now a U-turn), 9 (widened by ten feet), and 11 (extended by 200 feet) that are designed to create more passing opportunities.

The roster for the test currently includes:

  • Ryan Briscoe/Helio Castroneves/Will Power (Team Penske)
  • Ryan Hunter-Reay/James Hinchcliffe/Marco Andretti/Sebastian Saavedra (Andretti Autosport)
  • Scott Dixon/Dario Franchitti (Target Chip Ganassi Racing)
  • Charlie Kimball/Graham Rahal (Chip Ganassi Racing)
  • Sebastien Bourdais/Katherine Legge (Dragon Racing)
  • J.R. Hildebrand (Panther Racing)
  • Oriol Servia (Panther + DRR)
  • Takuma Sato (Rahal Letterman Lanigan)
  • Josef Newgarden (Sarah Fisher Hartman Racing)
  • Simon Pagenaud (Schmidt/Hamilton Motorsports
  • Mike Conway (A.J. Foyt Racing)

As usual with Sonoma, race fans can attend the test for free and are permitted to walk the paddock. Pit tours and a lunch-time drivers’ press conference will also available for fans to enjoy.