Verizon IndyCar Series and Indy Lights teams will test at Gateway Motorsports Park in Madison, Illinois on Tuesday, May 2 in preparation for the inaugural August 26 Bommarito Automotive Group 500 Presented By Valvoline. All 21 INDYCAR drivers and teams are expected to participate. will test from noon to 3 p.m. and 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. Indy Lights teams will test at 10:45 a.m. and again at 3:15 p.m.
This will be the first opportunity for fans to see the INDYCAR stars and cars of the Indianapolis 500 on Gateway Motorsports Park’s unique 1.25-mile oval as they prepare for the inaugural Bommarito Automotive Group 500 Presented By Valvoline on August 26. In addition to America’s best drivers, the inaugural event also will draw competitors from Australia, Brazil, Canada, Colombia, France, Japan, New Zealand, Spain, United Arab Emirates, Russia and the United Kingdom.
Spectator grandstand gates will open at 11 a.m. Adult spectator grandstand admission is $20. Kids 15 and under are free. Parking is free. The May 2 test also is an excellent opportunity for fans to scout their favorite seats while cars are on the track at full speed.
Two Indy Lights teams will be on hand to test for Cooper Tire: Shelby Blackstock (Belardi Auto Racing) and Juan Piedrahita (Team Pelfrey).
INDYCAR TESTING AT GATEWAY MOTORSPORTS PARK (Updated schedule)
Tuesday, May 2
11 a.m. — Spectator grandstand gates open.
Noon-3 p.m. — INDYCAR test session.
3:15-4:15 p.m. — Indy Lights/Cooper Tire test session.
4:30-7:30 p.m. — INDYCAR test session.
VERIZON INDYCAR SERIES DRIVERS AND TEAMS
Car number, driver, hometown, team
1 Simon Pagenaud (Montmorillon, France)— Team Penske (defending Verizon IndyCar Series champion)
2 Josef Newgarden (Nashville, Tennessee) — Team Penske (1 win in 2017)
3 Helio Castroneves (Sao Paolo, Brazil) — Team Penske
4 Conor Daly (Noblesville, Indiana) — A. J. Foyt Enterprises
5 James Hinchcliffe (Toronto, Ontario, Canada) — Schmidt-Peterson Motorsports (1 win in 2017)
7 Mikhail Aleshin (Moscow, Russia) — Schmidt-Peterson Motorsports
8 Max Chilton (Reigate, United Kingdom) — Chip Ganassi Racing
9 Scott Dixon (Auckland, New Zealand) — Chip Ganassi Racing
10 Tony Kanaan (Salvador De Bahia, Brazil) — Chip Ganassi Racing
12 Will Power (Toowoomba, Australia) — Team Penske
14 Carlos Munoz (Bogota, Colombia) — A.J. Foyt Enterprises
15 Graham Rahal (New Albany, Ohio) — Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing
18 Sebastien Bourdais (Le Mans, France) — Dale Coyne Racing (1 win in 2017)
19 Ed Jones (Dubai, United Arab Emirates) — Dale Coyne Racing
20 Ed Carpenter (Indianapolis, Indiana) — Ed Carpenter Racing
20 Spencer Pigot (Orlando, Florida) — Ed Carpenter Racing
21 J.R. Hildebrand (Sausalito, California) — Ed Carpenter Racing
26 Takuma Sato (Tokyo, Japan) — Andretti Autosport
27 Marco Andretti (Nazareth, Pennsylvania) — Andretti Autosport
28 Ryan Hunter-Reay (Fort Lauderdale, Florida) — Andretti Autosport
83 Charlie Kimball (Camarillo, California) — Chip Ganassi Racing
98 Alexander Rossi (Nevada City, California) — Andretti Herta Autosport with Curb-Agajanian
Tickets for the Bommarito Automotive Group 500 Presented By Valvoline may be purchased online at www.gatewaymsp.com/indycar/ or by calling the GMP ticket office at (618) 215-8888. Tickets start at just $35. Kids 15 and under are free (general admission) with a paid adult.
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About Gateway Motorsports Park
Gateway Motorsports Park is the home of INDYCAR, NASCAR and NHRA racing in the St. Louis region. Located just five minutes from downtown St. Louis and covering more than 340 acres, Gateway Motorsports Park is the largest outdoor entertainment facility in the area. Gateway Motorsports Park’s facilities include a 1/4-mile drag strip, 1.25-mile superspeedway, 1.6-mile road course, the state-of-the-art Gateway Kartplex and a 14-acre, multi-purpose dirt off-road venue.