Though the St. Louis area was under an extreme heat advisory, that did not stop Verizon IndyCar Series driver Charlie Kimball from getting a sneak peek of the newly paved Gateway Motorsports Park racetrack.
Kimball, who drives the No. 83 Tresiba Honda for Chip Ganassi Racing and tested at the track at the series’ open test in early May, was on hand today to take the ceremonial first lap on the new asphalt, which will undergo final touches prior to an Aug. 3 team and tire test ahead of the Bommarito Automotive Group 500 presented by Valvoline race weekend Aug. 25-26.
“It’s fantastic to be able to see the racetrack and see it in progress and be able to appreciate the crew that is laying the asphalt in a 98-, 100-degree day,” Kimball said. “It’s pretty special. It’s great to get the excitement going about the race in August here in late July.”
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