The 2018 universal Verizon IndyCar Series aero-kit which will be used by Honda and Chevrolet made its track debut at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway on Tuesday.
Juan Pablo Montoya, who was in the Team Penske prepared Chevrolet aero-kit commented about the initial test by saying:
It’s exciting because, for the first time in the car, it drives really, really well. “I think they addressed a lot of the things and the car looks great. I think having one aero kit for everybody is great for the sport. The car looks good and it drives really good.
Montoya was joined on track by Oriol Servia who was testing the Honda aero kit prepared by Schmidt Peterson Motorsports. The two cars took to the track shortly after 9AM at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway to the delight of everyone involved in the project which began 18 months ago.
Oriol Servia commented by saying:
From Lap 1, it just felt at home. “The car felt great. I was flat on it out of the pits, which just says how good the car felt right away.
“I think it’s going to be a fast, good racer.
The test was successful and as a result the Verizon IndyCar Series decided that an extra day of testing on Wednesday will not be necessary.
Speaking about the first test of the new aero kits, the Verizon IndyCar Series vice president of competition and race engineering, Bill Pappas commented by saying:
We were pleased. “It matched up with our numbers that we predicted in the wind tunnel and CFD (computational fluid dynamics), so we were very happy for that. This is my first experience being part of a car being designed. “Obviously, Dallara did a great job helping us, but you hold your breath until the first competitive laps are run.
Servia concluded by saying:
Everything we had planned to do in two days, we already accomplished in the first day. “We did lots of laps, long runs, and the car feels good. The car feels very benign.
“It just feels right and we’re not having any issues or moments out there. Very consistent. My second long run, I think, was one of my most consistent runs I’ve done at this track in all of my years.
The Verizon IndyCar Series has scheduled three further tests of the new aero-kits with the road course aero kit being tested at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course next Tuesday, August 1, Iowa Speedway on August 10 and Sebring International Raceway on September 26, following the conclusion of the 2017 Verizon IndyCar Series.
The Verizon IndyCar Series heads to Mid-Ohio this weekend for the Honda Indy 200 at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course with Chip Ganassi Racing’s Scott Dixon leading the series standing by three points from Team Penske’s Helio Castroneves.