Max Chilton, Chip Ganassi Racing’s new recruit in the Verizon IndyCar Series believes that the No.8 Gallagher Chevrolet which he drove for the first time last week has more down-force than anything else he has ever raced in before.
The 24 year old former Formula One driver has made the switch the Verizon IndyCar Series for 2016 having raced in the Indy Lights championship in 2015 and will be alongside the established Ganassi trio of reigning series champion Scott Dixon, 2013 Indianapolis 500 winner Tony Kanaan and Charlie Kimball.
Speaking during a IndyCar teleconference Chilton stated:
It’s an amazing bit of kit, I knew they always had an amazing amount of downforce. They perform well in the corners. They performed better in the corners, better than I expected.
The former Manor Racing driver went on to to describe how the test went:
The test went well, I got up to speed pretty quickly. In the afternoon, we concentrated on not doing a full race distance but we did fuel stints, you know, 25 laps at a time. It was good to sort of see how the tires wore down throughout the run.”
Although he was confident on the regular circuit, IndyCar also features ovals and Chilton admitted:
In the first run, ovals, I don’t think you can ever really feel comfortable on an oval, I know I got comfortable quite quickly. I’m sure that changes with other cars around you, especially at Fontana with the seams. I’m sure when you have to dip down halfway through a corner with other cars around, it becomes a lot more daunting. It was a good way for me to learn without other cars around and just built up to it as the day went down.