The Verizon IndyCar Series announced on Saturday that veteran drivers Juan Pablo Montoya and Oriol Servia will conduct the tests of the new 2018 aero-kits with testing beginning on July 25 -26 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway oval circuit.
Montoya will drive the Team Penske Chevrolet while Servia will drive the Schmidt Peterson Motorsports Honda.
Juan Pablo Montoya commented by saying:
I think they did a really good job with it. “I think going back to one aero kit for both (engine) manufacturers is good for the sport. … It opens the door to other companies to get interested in INDYCAR again.
Oriol Servia commented by saying:
If we can help in any small measure to have a great product in 2018, I’ll be honored, It’s great that INDYCAR is doing it to make sure we have good racing. We want to help them accomplish what they want to accomplish.
IndyCar will maintain control of the test chassis and the data so that the teams to ensure that neither team will get a competitive advantage for 2018.
IndyCar’s Director of aerodynamic development Tino Belli commented by saying:
The new car will have more weight on the front. “We’ve removed the (rear) wheel guards and the beam wing, which obviously is quite a bit of weight far back on the car. We’ve introduced side-impact structures beside the driver and moved the radiators forward a bit. We’re anticipating having about 1.6 percent more weight on the front axle, so that could require a small amount of front downforce.
Montoya went on to say:
To be chosen as one of the guys to test it is exciting. “It works out really well. Since I’m not running full-time this year, it was a good fit.
Belli concluded by saying:
Once we’re sure the car is in the right window, we’ll move on to reliability testing. “We’ll put the car back to a race-level of downforce, fill it up with fuel and check that we don’t have issues with the exhaust heating the bodywork too much and establish the cooling levels for each engine.
“We’re not really trying to go a certain speed and we’re not trying to check how the car handles in traffic. “Those things won’t be established until we’re able to work ‘in anger’ next year, but we just want to make sure that we haven’t missed on our aero targets specifically.
Further tests will be carried out on August 1 at Mid-Ohio, Iowa on August 10 and Sebring on September 26.