After a few quiet weeks at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, cars were back on track. But it wasn't IndyCar. GRAND-AM Daytona Prototype and GT cars participated in a Continental Tire test on the road course at the Speedway in the first stage of testing for the Brickyard Grand Prix.
"It's important that Continental Tire come out here and verify the product that they have," said Daytona Prototype driver Jon Fogarty.
"The diamond ground banking here is notorious for being tough on tires. So they needed to make sure they have a tire that's going to put on a good show and we're working towards that and we're making progress."
The diamond ground surface of the oval is different than the infield surface, making it difficult for teams to find a balance between the two.
"You come from quite a bit of grip on the oval and banking part and then the infield is pretty slick so it's really a challenge to set up the car for those conditions," said driver Memo Rojas.
The GRAND-AM series will be back for a larger test with more than 50 cars on July 6 and 7. The Brickyard Grand Prix is set as part of the first Kroger Super Weekend on July 27. It will be a rare opportunity for fans to catch both road coarse racing on the 2.6 mile track and oval racing in one weekend.
"NASCAR and GRAND-AM had a terrific idea to join the two classes together because Indianapolis has a really good fan base," said Rojas. "I think they put together a really good program and there will be action for road coarse and oval fans."