AUSTIN (KXAN) — For their second year at Circuit of the Americas, 27 IndyCar drivers in 25 cars will take the track Tuesday and Wednesday for full-field open tests to mark the start of the 2020 NTT IndyCar Series season.
COTA’s Tuesday event is the first full-field test of the new year.
After the initial race in Florida burns rubber March 13-15, the series comes to Austin on April 24-26. COTA is the fourth-round stage for the AutoNation IndyCar Challenge. Colton Herta won in 2019.
Even though early bird ticket pricing ended yesterday, Feb. 10, tickets can still be purchased on COTA’s website.
Drivers will race on COTA’s 3.41-mile, 20-turn permanent road course for the test sessions. Tuesday’s open testing is from 10 a.m.-12 p.m., and then starts back up from 1:30-5:30 p.m.
IndyCar driver Zach Veach raced at COTA last year, and while it didn’t go as well as the team hoped it would, Veach is happy to be back racing in Austin.
“We got hit in turn two last year, so that threw us off and put us behind for the rest of the day, Veach said, “but we’ve always good speed here and love the Austin environment.”
This will be Veach’s second race in Austin when the green flag waves in April. Veach races for Andretti Autosport.
Wednesday’s open testing runs earlier from 9-11 a.m., and returns to the track from 12-4 p.m. Both days will be streamed live and available on the IndyCar’s mobile app and their website.