The Brickyard 400 is just a few weeks away and in preparation for the July 28th event a number of Nascar Sprint Cup Drivers took a few laps at IMS. Teams are going through two days of private testing at the famed 2.5 mile oval. Monday featured the likes of Earnhardt Ganassi Racing’s Jamie McMurray and Juan Pablo Montoya.
“We have the new car, the generation 6 car and for us it is very important to know what the car is going to do. We get four private tests a year and we can learn a lot of things,” said Montoya.
“Pocono is the closest track that we run to Indy and it’s really just trying to incorporate the stuff that we did at Pocono to this track and also we are trying to learn for Pocono as well,” added McMurray.
Both drivers know what is like to visit victory lane at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Montoya won the 2000 Indianapolis 500 while McMurray is the 2010 Brickyard 400 winner.
“The further away it is the more fun it is. When I won it yeah cool I won it to be honest with you at the time it was like yeah cool we did it. You look back at it and it is exciting. Hopefully five, seven, eight years down the road when you come back just to come back it will be pretty cool,” said Montoya.
“When I look at this race I compare it to the Daytona 500. Indy is such a special place to be able to win at and any time they introduce you they include Daytona and the Brickyard in the introductions so it is really special,” said McMurray.
Testing continues on Tuesday, July 2 from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. with a one-hour break around noon. Fans can watch the test for free from the Hall of Fame Museum parking lot, from the grandstand located inside the track near the Museum and from a small portion of the Turn 2 spectator mounds.