Spending two days in Louisiana testing at NOLA, Helio Castroneves spoke about his thoughts on learning a brand new track.
When the IndyCar series takes the green flag on April 12 at NOLA Motorsports Park, it will be a lot of driver's first time throwing it down into turn one under race conditions ever. And that is no different for series veteran Helio Castroneves.
NOLA Motorsports Park is a 2.85 mile 16-turn purpose built road course about 20 mintes from New Orleans.
"First of all, is very technical. It’s going to produce amazing racing and I am sure people in new orleans are going to be excited," Castroneves said.
"This is very fast. We are talking about some corners with no elevation which poses problems for points of reference, but with every track there is a different characteristic, and this is another one. It's different, but fast. Last time I was in the car was in October so right now it's still kind of like getting the rhthme back together."
A little like Edmonton or Cleveland
When asked to compare this track to others that IndyCar visits, or has visited, Castroneves highlighted the amount of racing room on the track.
"This reminds me a little bit of Edmonton and Cleveland, when it was really fast and really wide. The difference is this is a race track, so it's really smooth. It's got a unique style."