Defending NTT IndyCar Series champion Scott Dixon, driver of the No.9 PNC Bank Honda for Chip Ganassi Racing was at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway on Friday to conduct a Push-to-Pass simulation test alongside Alexander Rossi, Josef Newgarden, and Pato O’Ward as testing got underway to see how the Push-to-Pass system will work when IndyCar introduces their new turbocharged era in 2023.
Speaking following the test, Dixon said:
It’s a lot of power… your average lap speed can jump by several miles per hour.
President of IndyCar, Jay Frye was present at the test to observe how the simulation work went and confirmed that testing of the engine will begin early next year.
Testing continues on Tuesday, as the NTT IndyCar Series field heads to Texas Motor Speedway to prepare for the double-header weekend later this season with the Genesys 300 and XPEL 275 on May 1 and 2 respectively.
The 2021 NTT IndyCar Series season gets underway in three weeks’ time with the Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama at Barber Motorsports Park on April 18 before the series heads to the Firestone Grand Prix of St Petersburg on April 25.