INDIANAPOLIS — Nearly a full field of NTT INDYCAR SERIES participants will begin preparations for the 105th Running of the Indianapolis 500 presented by Gainbridge during an open test Thursday, April 8 and Friday, April 9 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
Thirty-two car-and-driver combinations are scheduled to participate in the two-day session, which will stream live to race fans exclusively via NBCUniversal’s new streaming service, Peacock.
The open test at IMS creates a marquee launch for INDYCAR action on Peacock, featuring NBC Sports talent, exclusive content and interviews previewing the 17-race NTT INDYCAR SERIES season. Fans can sign up here for one week to view both days of testing at IMS, and enjoy live coverage of NTT INDYCAR SERIES qualifying and practice sessions, as well as coverage surrounding the 105th Indianapolis 500, Indy Lights races, race day warmups and full-event replays of the 2021 season on Peacock Premium for $4.99 per month.
“IMS and INDYCAR are working closely with NBC Sports to deliver what should be an exceptional show on Peacock during these two very important days of testing,” IMS President J. Douglas Boles said. “Having the NBC Sports broadcasters, production quality and exclusive content will deliver an engaging viewing experience that builds even more anticipation for finally coming ‘Back Home Again’ to IMS in May.”
Said INDYCAR President Jay Frye: “The NTT INDYCAR SERIES offers the most competitive and daring racing on the planet. Peacock gives our most loyal fans access to key practice and qualification sessions while also showcasing our series alongside a compelling roster of major global sports leagues and competitions.”
A full stream of the test also will be available to international fans via the INDYCAR App powered by NTT DATA. Details on further global coverage of NTT INDYCAR SERIES race weekends, beginning with the Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama presented by AmFirst on Sunday, April 18, will be provided soon by INDYCAR.
Testing will take place from 11 a.m.-6 p.m. (ET) Thursday and 10-4 p.m. Friday.
Veteran testing will take place from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Thursday, with Rookie Orientation Program and Refresher testing from 1-3 p.m. Open testing will resume from 4-6 p.m.
The forecast looks pretty wet for Thursday, but Friday is slated to be low 70s and sunny. If Thursday should get rained out, contingency plans are said to be in place to extend Friday out longer or even come back on Saturday, if needed.
AJ Foyt Racing: Sebastien Bourdais*, Dalton Kellett*
Andretti Autosport: Colton Herta, Ryan Hunter-Reay, Alexander Rossi
Andretti Herta-Haupert Autosport w/ Marco Andretti & Curb-Agajanian: Marco Andretti
Andretti Steinbrenner Autosport: James Hinchcliffe*
Arrow McLaren SP: Juan Pablo Montoya*, Pato O’Ward, Felix Rosenqvist
Carlin: Max Chilton*
Chip Ganassi Racing: Scott Dixon, Marcus Ericsson, Tony Kanaan, Alex Palou
Dale Coyne Racing: Cody Ware^
Dale Coyne Racing with RWR: Pietro Fittipaldi^
Dale Coyne Racing with Vasser Sullivan: Ed Jones*
Dreyer & Reinbold Racing: Sage Karam*
Ed Carpenter Racing: Ed Carpenter, Conor Daly, Rinus VeeKay
Meyer Shank Racing: Helio Castroneves*, Jack Harvey
Paretta Autosport: Simona De Silvestro*
Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing: Santino Ferrucci, Graham Rahal, Takuma Sato
Team Penske: Josef Newgarden, Scott McLaughlin, Simon Pagenaud, Will Power
* — Required to complete Refresher Test
^ — Required to complete Rookie Orientation Program