IRL: Fans to get full access for Test in the West

INDIANAPOLIS, Friday, Feb. 1, 2002 - California Speedway and Phoenix International Raceway will open their gates for free to fans during the Indy Racing League Test In The West, while motorsports enthusiasts worldwide can follow all the action via...

INDIANAPOLIS, Friday, Feb. 1, 2002 - California Speedway and Phoenix International Raceway will open their gates for free to fans during the Indy Racing League Test In The West, while motorsports enthusiasts worldwide can follow all the action via live timing and scoring at Indy Racing Online.

The seventh annual Indy Racing League Test in the West will start with a preseason Media Day on Feb. 5 at California Speedway in Fontana, Calif. A full day of testing on California's 2-mile oval is scheduled for Feb. 6. The afternoon session, 1-4:30 p.m. (PST), will be open to the public. Fans should enter through the speedway's main entrance and proceed to the infield, where viewing will be available on the rooftops of the terrace suites overlooking pit lane.

After a travel day Feb. 7, two days of testing will take place Feb. 8-9 at Phoenix. The 1-mile desert oval is a familiar site to nearly every Indy Racing team, as it has played host to the Test in the West and an Indy Racing event every year since 1996. Phoenix will open Gate 5 to fans on the second day, Feb. 9, all day long. An autograph session with the drivers is scheduled for the lunch break, at approximately noon (MST).

For the second consecutive year, Indy Racing Online (www.indyracing.com) will feature live timing and scoring during all green-flag sessions. Indy Racing Online photographers and writers also will cover the action at both tracks for daily reports and periodic updates during the day.

Media coverage for the entire week will be extensive as more than 110 media credentials have been processed to date. The Indy Racing League, in conjunction with IMS Productions, will produce three satellite TV news packages during the Test in the West, enabling affiliates across the country to air reports.

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