SPEEDWAY, Ind. (WISH) – Six drivers hit the track at Indianapolis Motor Speedway on Tuesday afternoon for a tire test ahead of July’s Brickyard 400.
During the closed portion of the test, Tony Stewart made contact with the Turn 1 wall. He was not transported by paramedics, according to IMS officials. He is, however, in contact with NASCAR medical personnel.
In addition to Stewart, Ryan Newman, Clint Bowyer, Joey Logano, Kyle Busch and Greg Biffle were part of the test. Drivers go through tire tests all the time throughout the year, and Bowyer candidly summed up what the drivers get out of them.
“Testing sucks, I’m not going to beat around the bush about it,” said Bowyer, laughing. “It’s so much more fun to come here and compete…You go out there as a driver and make a few laps, and come back in and complain about it, it wasn’t very good, or it may have been good. Then, you make more changes and go back out and try again.”
Newman, who won the Brickyard in 2013, was just happy to be home in Indiana.
“It always will be a special place. Not just because I won here, but I have family here,” said Newman. “We went over and played some putt-putt last night, rode some go-carts. That type of thing I don’t get to do very often. Just in general, the Speedway is a special place.”
The Brickyard 400 will be held on July 27, 2014.