By Ted Rossino Jr.
Photography: Ted Rossino Jr.
The IndyCar Test at Mid Ohio Sports Car Course concluded today with a thunderstorm, that ended the session 90 minutes early. Unofficial lap times by more than half the field were between 1 and 2 seconds quicker than 2011 practice and qualifying. Track conditions were ever changing with the sun playing hopscotch with the clouds all day.
The track allowed spectators in free of charge to enjoy the day. Many longtime attendees of the legendary track enjoyed the action, along with curious fans that had never been.
According to Mid-Ohio, 24 entrants were participating today. This was the first time for a combined test at Mid-Ohio. Simona DiSalvestro tested July 2nd. Penske driver Will Power tested the Dallara chassis for Indy Car last August.
Novo Nordisk Chip Ganassi Racing driver Charlie Kimball was treated for a fracture of the fifth metacarpal of his right hand at MedCentral Hospital in Mansfield, Ohio, after being involved in an incident during a team test July 26 at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, according to INDYCAR medical director Dr. Michael Olinger.
The 2012 IZOD IndyCar Series race continues with the Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio on Aug. 5 at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course. The race will be televised by ABC at 12:30 p.m. (ET) and broadcast by the IMS Radio Network on SiriusXM (XM 94 and Sirius 212).