NTT INDYCAR SERIES will hold an open test at the Thermal Club


Three open tests in 2023 include the annual Indy 500 Open test, Testing at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca

INDYCAR will conduct three open tests for 2023 in preparation for key moments in the 2023 NTT INDYCAR SERIES season.

The first open test of 2023 will feature the series’ initial trip to the Thermal Club for a preview of the season on Thursday and Friday, February 2 and 3. The private, world-class facility, located just outside of Palm Springs, Calif., opened its 470-acre property in 2012 and is known as a premier circuit for club racers and racing car enthusiasts. sport.

INDYCAR will use a combination of the North Palm and South Palm circuits to create a 17-turn, 2.9-mile layout for the 2023 test.

“We liken it to a pre-season scrimmage,” said INDYCAR President Jay Frye. “Teams will do whatever it takes to prepare for a 2023 championship race in a new and unique setting for the NTT INDYCAR SERIES. The setup is spectacular and I know everyone at Thermal Club is looking forward to it. welcome our paddock.

Located at the base of the Santa Rosa Mountains and known as the ultimate destination for motorsports enthusiasts, The Thermal Club has everything from luxury homes to a motorsports village and gourmet restaurants. The facility was named “Professional Motorsport Facility of the Year” at the 2017 Professional Motorsport World Expo in Germany.

“For us, that means every INDYCAR fan is going to get a taste of the best cars in the world at what we believe is the best track in the world,” said Thermal Club owner John Rogers. “It’s a wonderful thing, and we’re very happy that it worked with INDYCAR and Thermal.

The Indy 500 Open Test is scheduled for Thursday and Friday, April 20-21 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. The annual test at the famous 2.5-mile oval provides crucial preparation for the 107th Indianapolis 500 presented by Gainbridge, scheduled for Sunday, May 28. The entire field for “The Greatest Spectacle in Racing” is expected to take part in the test.

The third and final Open Test of the 2023 season will take place on Thursday, September 7 at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca, just three days before the Astor Challenge Cup is awarded to the season champion at the same facility after the Firestone Grand Prix of Monterey.

Laguna Seca test drivers will have an extra day to familiarize themselves with the planned repaving of the legendary 2,238-mile facility, which is expected to be completed by June 2023.

The 2023 NTT INDYCAR SERIES season opens Sunday, March 5 at the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg presented by RP Funding on the streets of St. Petersburg. Coverage will be available on NBC, Peacock Premium and the INDYCAR radio network.


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