Notes for September 19th
With the news that Brazil will be on the schedule, it would appear the first half of the 2015 schedule is just about set.
Here are the race dates that have been announced so far:
March 8 - Brazil
March 29 - St. Pete
April 12 - NOLA Motorsports Park
April 19 - Long Beach
April 26 - Barber Motorsports Park
May 9 - GP of Indy
May 24 - Indy 500
May 30/31st - Detroit
June 6 - Texas Motor Speedway
Further, the Pirelli World Challenge announced their 2015 schedule. They have race dates at Mid-Ohio (July 31-Aug. 2) and Sonoma Raceway (Aug. 21-23), so that would seem to be two more likely IndyCar race weekends.
The schedule also listed a "Events TBD for June/July. Presumably, they'd like to join IndyCar wherever in Canada they end up racing, be that the streets of Toronto, Canadian Tire Motorsports Park (Mosport), Mont-Tremblant...
Pigot, O'Ward and Jamin Top Chris Griffis Memorial Test
Two days of testing for all three levels of the Mazda Road to Indy concluded today during the fourth annual Chris Griffis Memorial Test at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course. A total of 25 drivers participated in the outing which serves as an "audition" platform for both teams and drivers looking ahead to 2015 campaigns.
Verizon IndyCar Series driver Josef Newgarden was also on hand for demonstration laps aboard the new AER-powered Dallara IL-15 which will make its competition debut next season in Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires. The 2011 Indy Lights champion unofficially shattered Matthew Brabham's track record of 1:18.4256 set in May of this year with a lap of 1:16.540.
"First off, thanks to everyone that allowed me to do this shakedown of the car and demonstrate it here at the test," said Newgarden. "I was excited because I heard a lot about it from other drivers and I really wanted to try it for myself. After experiencing it, I would really like to run both championships next year. I honestly would. If somehow we could work it out where I could run the Lights championship and IndyCar championship, I think it would be so much fun especially with a brand new car like this. It is such a proper race car and they did a really good job with it. The transition between the Lights and the Indy car are going to be really close and a lot of things that work for the guys in IndyCar are going to work for the guys in Lights. It's a perfect training ground. The cars are super similar and the guys are going to have fun with it. I'm excited for everything that is happening now in Indy Lights."