Verizon IndyCar Series teams will participate in an open test session at ISM Raceway in Avondale, Arizona (formerly Phoenix Raceway), from Feb. 8-10 in anticipation of the 2018 season opener in March. Twenty-three cars are expected to take part in testing on the 1.022-mile oval.
In addition to the on-track testing, a host of other events are scheduled in which media are invited. The schedule is as follows (all times are local to ISM Raceway, which is Mountain Time):
Wednesday, Feb. 7:
- “The Amazing Race” viewing party with Verizon IndyCar Series drivers and show participants Conor Daly and Alexander Rossi, 6-10 p.m., location to be determined.
Thursday, Feb. 8:
- Verizon IndyCar Series rookie oval testing, 1-5 p.m.
Friday, Feb. 9:
- “Sports Business Arizona: A Prix View of Things to Come,” a symposium on the regional impact of sports. Guest speakers include: Mark Miles, CEO, Hulman & Company; Steve Patterson, CEO, Arizona Coyotes NHL franchise; Dan Towriss, CEO, Group One Thousand One; Steve Leach, chairman, Fiesta Bowl; Michael Andretti, CEO, Andretti Autosport; and Zach Veach, Andretti Autosport Verizon IndyCar Series driver; 9 a.m.-noon, ISM Raceway Hospitality Club, Curve (ISM Raceway will provide transportation for media from the media center and buffet lunch will be served);
- Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing announcement, co-owner Bobby Rahal and driver Graham Rahal, noon, media center;
- Verizon IndyCar Series open test, first session, 1-4 p.m.;
- Andretti Autosport media availability, drivers Marco Andretti, Ryan Hunter-Reay, Alexander Rossi and Zach Veach, 4:30 p.m., media center;
- Team Penske media availability, drivers Josef Newgarden, Simon Pagenaud and Will Power, 5 p.m., media center;
- Verizon IndyCar Series open test, second session, 6-9 p.m.
Saturday, Feb. 10:
- Verizon IndyCar Series open test, third session, 1-4 p.m.;
- INDYCAR media availability, INDYCAR Race Director Kyle Novak and INDYCAR President of Competition and Operations Jay Frye, 4:30 p.m., media center;
- Verizon IndyCar Series driver autograph session, 4:45-5:30 p.m., ISM Raceway DC Solar Power Pavilion;
- Verizon IndyCar Series open test, fourth session, 6-9 p.m.