The Verizon IndyCar Series announced on Tuesday that current chassis provider Dallara who are celebrating 20 years in the sport have been chosen to supply the new universal body kit which will make its debut in the series in 2018.
Speaking following the announcement, Verizon IndyCar Series president of competition and operations Jay Frye commented by saying:
This has been a collaborative effort from multiple parties, including input from our paddock and fans.
“Dallara has been a great partner, and we couldn’t be more enthused with the look, the safety enhancements and the performance objectives of the 2018 car.
The new aero-kit will be fitted to the current IR-12 chassis. Speaking about the announcement, Dallara CEO and general manager Andrea Pontremoli commented by saying:
2017 marks the 20th anniversary of our presence in INDYCAR, and it is a great honor for us to continue our partnership with the Verizon IndyCar Series. “Our main goal for the new aero kit was to work on the style, trying to maintain the American essence of the car and the series keeping a good level of performance and safety.
The Verizon IndyCar Series have scheduled the first test of the universal aero-kit on the super speedway configuration to be held at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway on July 25-26. The series will carry out a further test at Mid-Ohio Raceway for the road course configuration on August 1 following the Honda Indy 200.
A further oval test will take place on August 28 at Iowa Speedway and another test will take place at Sebring International Raceway on September 26.
(Video courtesy of the Verizon IndyCar Series via youtube.com)