IndyCar testing makes me eager for May #IsitMayYet
Thursday, April 5, 2012 11:00 PM by Sarah Ferguson
I’m a huge IndyCar fan, so the moment I heard they would be testing the new DW12 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway I knew that I had to be there. By the looks of the crowd, hundreds of other people felt the same way. The DW12 is the new IndyCar, built by Dallara, that was named to honor the memory of late racecar driver Dan Wheldon. Wheldon helped with the testing of this car's prototype during its development. I’ve had the chance to see the cars in action on TV with the road course set-up but the look is quite different than the oval set-up they were testing this week. The difference between the two set-ups include major modifications to both the front and rear wing sections. Along with seeing the new IndyCar, there were also several great drivers out there, a few of which are some of my favorites: Tony Kanaan, Helio Castroneves, Ed Carpenter, Scott Dixon (driving Dario Franchitti’s car), Takuma Sato, JR Hildebrand and others. As an Open Wheel fan, there is no better time to be in Central Indiana than May, especially Memorial Day Weekend. I have several friends and family who join me that weekend for the Night Before the 500 in Hendricks County and the Indianapolis 500. The Night Before the 500 is held at Lucas Oil Raceway in Brownsburg, only about 10 minutes away from the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. It’s a USAC Midget Series race, and this year it will also include Star Mazda and USF2000. Both races are a can’t miss for Open Wheel fans and are two totally different experiences. Lucas Oil Raceway is a smaller venue that gives fans a chance to see the entire track; this is something that I absolutely love. The drivers have a lot of intensity and always put on a good race. The Indianapolis Motor Speedway is huge, with a 400,000+ capacity. The Indianapolis 500 has been deemed "The Greatest Spectacle in Racing." The Night Before the 500 is an iconic race and has seen a lot of up-and-coming racers that have went on to be big names. Some of these drivers include AJ Foyt, Johnny Parsons, Jeff Gordon and Kasey Kahne. So, if you’re still looking for things to do this Memorial Day Weekend, I highly suggest checking out both the Night Before the 500 and the Indianapolis 500. To find more information on the Night Before the 500, visit LucasOilRaceway.com. Also, find information on the Indianapolis 500 at IndianapolisMotorSpeedway.com.