Greetings from Texas Motor Speedway. This place is huge. More on the facility later.
News came mid- afternoon that a special 30 minute session will take place involving seven cars which will run in the second lane in an effort to put more rubber down and neutralize the effect fo the JP1 compound. The drivers who will participate are Ed Carpenter, Will Power, Helio Castroneves, Pato O’Ward, Grahan Rahal, Takuma Sato, and Felix Rosenqvist. Firestone will have 10 sets of tires availablke for the test.
The practice will be at 4 PM local time. the final practice, which was originally scheduled to begin at that time, will begin at 4:45 and run the full hour allotted. The cars running the high groove time are allowed extra downforce for the 30 minutes only.
Participation in the special session was voluntary, and Andretti, Ganassi, Foyt, and Juncos Hollinger chose not to partake.
I’m not sure how much seven cars for half an hour will help. We should know after the final practice how effective it was.
My understanding is that Peacock will carry the the extra round.