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Old 02-25-2012, 11:32 PM
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Infineon Test

About 1500 fans showed up to watch the free test day, courtesy of Infineon Raceway.

The Bay Area’s open-wheel fans got a first look at the new Dallara DW12 chassis and got to listen to the 700 HP from Chevrolet’s twin-turbo V6 engine echo off the hills.

The track also held a packed public Q&A session with all six drivers in victory lane.

“I think there’s a lot of buzz about the new cars,” Briscoe explained. “I think everyone was really excited. It was the first chance where we’ve tested where the fans can come out, have a look, get close and see everything. The cars sound great, and hopefully we made a good impression. And everyone got to see Rubens Barrichello, which was a treat, and we did a Q&A session at lunch, so I think it went really well.”

Hunter-Reay was also pleased with the fan’s response to the test.

“I was very impressed with that,” he said. “It makes me happy to see that many people turn out in the middle of February. The fans were really engaging, we were talking to a lot of fans—a lot of kids, too. That’s what matters; we need to create the future fans of the series, and there were a lot of families and kids here today. It bodes well for the series when we have this kind of reaction before the season’s even started.”

Sunday’s test is also free to the public.

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