In a preview of the inaugural April event, the drivers of Chip Ganassi Racing christened the Indy Grand Prix of Louisiana track in a team test on Wednesday.
Former Verizon IndyCar Series champions Scott Dixon and Tony Kanaan, race winner Charlie Kimball and development driver Sage Karam participated in an all-day test session around the 13 turn, 2.67-mile NOLA Motorsports Park which will make its debut on the 2015 schedule April 10-12.
“The facility is very good and once you get the grandstands up and there’s a little prep to be done to the track, it will be too,” Dixon said. “Right now I think the track layout is going to be really good.
“It’s exciting for us to come to New Orleans. You’re never really sure for the first time how (a new track) will be received. Looking at other places that are similar in the south, like Barber (Motorsports Park), the fans are fantastic. I think the crowds will be very good. Even talking to the people at the hotel last night, they know the race is coming. They’re looking forward to it. I hope we can put on a good show and we can definitely build on it.”
Team advisor Dario Franchitti was present at the test along with NOLA Motorsports Park track owner Laney Chouset. Situated just 20 minutes southwest of New Orleans in Avondale, La., the track was designed by Alan Wilson, whose other designs include Miller Motorsports Park and Barber Motorsports Park. Tickets to the Indy Grand Prix of Louisiana can be purchased at www.gpofnola.com.
The track will host several INDYCAR events prior to the start of the 2015 season, including a multi-team test Feb. 10-11 and the opening rounds of the Cooper Tires Winterfest Feb. 19-20, featuring the support series that will be a part of the Grand Prix of Louisiana weekend, the Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship Powered by Mazda and the Pro Mazda Championship Presented by Cooper Tires.