Off Season Testing Begins

IndyCar Series teams and manufacturers have begun taking advantage of mild fall weather to test components for the 2009 season.

Three teams participated in a test at Richmond International Raceway Sept. 23, and six teams are scheduled to test at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Sept. 29-30.

"It was a good day for us," said Graham Rahal, who completed 276 laps on the .75-mile Richmond oval. "We made some big strides which will help us get closer to the frontrunners. We ought to have a good baseline setup to battle for the win here when we come back next year. I think our lap times were competitive with Tony's (Kanaan) although it's hard to tell what sort of test program they were working on. It was good to get back on track to test and start working on 2009."

The test at Indianapolis includes Dan Wheldon, who will drive the Panther Racing car for the first time since 2002. Also scheduled to test are 2008 IndyCar Series champion Scott Dixon, Ryan Briscoe, Ryan Hunter-Reay, Tony Kanaan and Buddy Rice.

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