- Jacques Villeneuve will attempt to make Indianapolis 500 starts 19 years apart, bettering Cy Marshall & Roland Free's 17-year gap set in 1947.

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Wheldon, Herta Named 2012 Test Team

Less than a month after pushing their #98 William Rast Dallara into victory lane at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, both the team and league announced today that Dan Wheldon and Bryan Herta Autosport have been named the test team for the 2012 formula.

"Dan, Bryan and (co-owner) Steve Newey have extensive experience in testing and development programs so we know our prototypes will be in the best hands as we finalize the chassis aspect of the program," said Tony Cotman, project manager for the 2012 IZOD IndyCar Series car. "This verification testing furthers our commitment to ensure that our new car meets all the performance criteria promised to our drivers, teams and fans."

The 2011 Indianapolis 500 Champion and current member of the VERSUS broadcast team will begin testing of the new car and Honda engine in August and September.

"Obviously I am very excited to continue with everyone that formed the Indianapolis 500 winning team at Bryan Herta Autosport," said Wheldon. "This is something that we are going to take very seriously and approach in a very professional manner. It is very important for the growth of the series that the testing is done in a way that will create an even better product at the start of 2012."

Teams are expected to receive their new toys by mid-December.

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