Wheldon to test 2012 IndyCar prototype chassis

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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -- Indy 500 champ Dan Wheldon and his race-winning team, Bryan Herta Autosport, will test the new IndyCar prototype chassis later this year.

Project manager Tony Cotman made the announcement Thursday.

Wheldon and Herta, former teammates on Michael Andretti's team, paired up again for one race in May and wound up winning the season's biggest title when race leader JR Hildebrand made a rookie mistake. Hildebrand went too high through the final turn of the last lap, and Wheldon passed Hildebrand's crashed car on the front straightaway to win his second 500 crown.

The new chassis is scheduled to debut next season.

Testing will take place in August and September. Teams are scheduled to get their new equipment by Dec. 15.