Kentucky Speedway

Indy stars to test at Kentucky Speedway in May

A half-dozen of the top drivers on the IndyCar circuit will test their cars at Kentucky Speedway on May 4 in what the Sparta track is billing as a preview of the Indianapolis 500.

Marco Andretti, Helio Castroneves, Scott Dixon, Dario Franchitti, Danica Patrick and Dan Wheldon will participate in the test session on the 1.5-mile oval just weeks before the May 30 Indy 500.

Drivers from the Firestone Indy Lights series will conduct testing on Monday, May 3, followed by the IndyCar stars on May 4.

Sessions both days are noon to 6 p.m. Admission is free for fans, who will be able to view the testing from the designated area outside the Turn 3 Fan Center.

The testing at Kentucky Speedway will be meaningful for the IndyCar drivers for a couple of reasons.

The first four races of the season are scheduled for road courses, meaning drivers will have only the May 1 race at Kansas Speedway and the testing in Kentucky to work on their oval setups before heading to Indianapolis.

Also, Indy 500 organizers shortened their practice and qualifying schedules for this season, limiting activity on the track to only 12 days. Qualifying has been cut from four days to two.

The IndyCar drivers will make a return trip to Kentucky Speedway during Labor Day weekend for the annual Kentucky Indy 300, which moves this year to Saturday, Sept. 4.