Verizon IndyCar Series veterans Oriol Servia and Juan Pablo Montoya were in action once again on Thursday, this time at the Iowa Speedway to conduct testing of the 2018 aero kit.
It was the third test in as many weeks following successful testing at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and the Mid-Ohio sports car course.
Servia was in action in the Schmidt Peterson Motorsports prepared Honda aero kit while Juan Pablo Montoya was once again in action in the Team Penske prepared Chevrolet aero kit.
Speaking following Thursday’s test, Servia commented by saying:
It was very consistent, especially if we end up going on the lower downforce package. “You have to drive it, which is fun. You have to lift and you’re still doing the same lap speed (as with more downforce), which is interesting. Exact same lap speed.
Servia went on to say:
I was able to run a decent distance behind Juan Pablo, and the car just loses a little bit of grip but (with) a four-tire kind of slide. “It’s not like the front loses a lot of (grip) or the rear loses a lot, which is the problem with the current car.
Montoya and Servia were able to run close together at the bullring in Iowa and the pair feel that this will present greater overtaking opportunities for drivers in 2018. Speaking following the test, Montoya commented by saying:
It’s interesting how you can run the same lap time and in one (downforce level) you’re completely flat out and the other one you are lifting (off the accelerator in the turns). “We’re trying to understand what’s the best way to bring the best racing.
Montoya and Servia carried out set up configuration work for the Verizon IndyCar Series in order for the series to figure out the best set-up to run with for next year’s Iowa Corn 300.
Montoya went on to say:
When you run wide open (in the new kit with higher downforce), the thing is like 7 mph difference between the corners and the straight. “The other one (new kit with less downforce) is like 20 mph difference, so you get to see acceleration out of the corners and I think it’s going to create better racing.
Verizon IndyCar Series officials remain happy with the progress and the process of the testing of the new kits. Vice President of competition/race engineering, Bill Pappis commented by saying:
Again, the idea was to check off boxes and we did all the boxes we wanted to, We wanted to analyze the downforce level we’ve been running here the last couple years versus what we thought was a target lower downforce, and both drivers responded favorably to the lower downforce. They thought they were able to drive the car a bit more, rather than hanging on, so that was very encouraging. As far as running in traffic, the car never felt like it was going to get away from them – spin out or have any issues with stability. They were both very happy about that.
Two time Indianapolis 500 winner Juan Pablo Montoya is delighted with the new universal aero kit, the Colombian said:
The new ’18 car seems really good. “I think looking to the future with this is pretty exciting.
The next stop on the 2017 Verizon IndyCar Series schedule is the ABC Supply 500 at Pocono Raceway which takes place on August 20, the penultimate oval event of the season.