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Some IndyCar drivers getting extra track time

Some IndyCar drivers getting extra track time

Rookies and drivers outside the top 10 in the IndyCar Series standings are going to be getting a little extra track time this year.
Those drivers will get an extra 30 to 45 minutes of practice at most of the IndyCar venues before the tracks are opened to all participants. The extra sessions will begin with a 30-minute practice on April 17 at the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach in California, the second event on the schedule.
"We're trying things that help encourage new drivers in the series, in particular drivers advancing from Firestone Indy Lights," said Brian Barnhart, president of competition. "With the economy the way it is and limited testing, one of the byproducts is that teams can't afford to _ or through rules _ can't test very often, which makes an owner less inclined to take a chance on an unproven driver or rookie.
"So, you respond with extra track time that doesn't cost anything (because) it's at a race event. If you're out of the top 10 in points, it's more of a competition issue. Instead of going testing, we're trying to give an opportunity to close the gap on the top 10 in points by giving extra track time."
At the season-opening Honda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg in Florida, all of the entries will begin the race weekend on April 3 with two practices.
First-year participants in the Indianapolis 500 will go through a special rookie orientation on May 6, the day before practice begins for everyone entered in the May 24 race.


Updated : 2021-02-27 09:37 GMT+08:00