EVANSVILLE, IN – In one week, cars will once again hit the track at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway – virtually, that is.
Preceding next month’s Open-Wheels 500 Mile Race presented by Mitchell Transmissions will be an afternoon full of testing on Wednesday, October 14. The test session will be open to all iRacing competitors interested in competing at the 2020 Open-Wheels 500, and will be the first Open-Wheels-sanctioned session with the new Dallara IR-18 aeroscreen.
The opening stanza of track activity on October 14 will include a session from 12:00 to 3:00 PM Eastern, followed by a one-hour break between 3:00 and 4:00 PM, and then a final session from 4:00 to 7:00 PM.
“It is exciting to announce details about our 2020 open test date on October 14,” said Tanner Watkins, president of the Open-Wheels 500 Mile Race. “Last year’s open test generated extra awareness for the event, which resulted in increased entries and drivers participating in the month of November. For this year, we hope the same principle applies in terms of participation.”
Last year’s open test, also held in mid-October, was streamed intermittently on the Open-Wheels Twitch channel. For this year’s test, coverage will be shown live on the new Open-Wheels YouTube platform.
“We are looking forward to unveiling some new production elements and technology that will enhance the quality and intrigue of Open-Wheels broadcasts,” continued Watkins.
“Coverage of the open test will kick off more than 80 hours of media coverage for the 2020 Open-Wheels 500, while providing a sneak peek towards improved audio and graphics technology, more than 60 cameras at the facility for production use, and enhanced color richness for our 1080p HD broadcasts.”
Supporters of the race are encouraged to subscribe to Open-Wheels’ YouTube channel here, to ensure that they catch every second of on-track action this November.
The 2020 Open-Wheels 500 Mile Race presented by Mitchell Transmissions is Sunday, November 15 – with a worldwide broadcast by RaceSpot TV beginning at 11:30 AM Eastern. Drivers interested in participating in the World’s Greatest Sim Race are encouraged to register at this link.