Palou Paces First Session of Testing Friday at Thermal

Reigning NTT INDYCAR SERIES champion Alex Palou led the first session Friday of the Open Test at The Thermal Club, as 27 drivers started to come to grips with the unique racetrack where they will compete for a $500,000 first prize Sunday in a non-points special event. The field of 27 drivers will be narrowed to 12 through two heat races Sunday, leading to a 20-lap Sprint for the Purse – split into two 10-lap segments later that day. Live coverage of the heat races and the Sprint for the Purse starts at 12:30 p.m. ET today, with more testing from noon-2 p.m. and 4-6 p.m. Saturday. “We will see, especially on the 20-lap race when we have one set of tires.

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