New Engine Gets Some Running; Testing Cancelled; Notes

Weather was the big story at IMS last week, as the test planned for Thursday and postponed until Friday never happened. There were cars on track earlier int he week, however, as the new 2.4 liter engines from Honda and Chevy got its first track test.

Both OEMs said they were pleased with the test despite the limited test time. I lijke the sound of the new engine. It is a very deep tone. The video is of the Chevy.

Andretti Autosport and Team Penske will test at barber tomorrow before heading to Long Beach.

I understand a test on the IMS road course is scheduled for June.

Harvey Cleared to Drive

Jack Harvey is now clear to drive at the Acura Grand prix of Long Beach. The Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing driver had a hard crash during final practice for the EXPEL 375 at Texas Motor Speedway last month and was held out of the race.

Santino Ferrucci replaced Harvey in the race. Ferrucci started last and finished ninth.

Music City Presale

The Music City Presale begins at noon tomorrow for last year’s ticket holders. General public sales can’t be too far away.

I’m interested in seeing what improvements, if any the event has made after its first year. I hope they have made tickets easier to access and have employed a more fan friendly security company.

500 Festival Cars Debut

Tomorrow morning the 500 festival event cars will appear on the front stretch of IMS as we will be just 55 days away from the 106th running of the Indianapolis 500.

While I am at the track tomorrow I will check out the new exhibit at the IMS Museum, Roadsters 2 Records, 1960-1972. The display covers the transition from front engine cars to rear engine machines and the golden age of driving talent and technology in the time period.