The Verizon IndyCar Series is set to be in for a number of years of stability when it comes to the engine regulations as they will remain in place until 2020.
The current regulations allowing 2.2 V6 twin turbo charged engines were introduced in the series in 2012 and there has been very few alterations to the current format in terms of engines with manufacturer’s Chevrolet and Honda happy with the regulations.
The main area where there has been regulation changes is when it has come to the aero kits used by the teams which has been dictated by Chevrolet and Honda as both manufacturer’s have their own individual aero kits for the Dallara designed and built Verizon IndyCar Series chassis.
The Verizon IndyCar Series director of competition Jay Frye told RACER.com:
The main thing is to strengthen the current relationships with IndyCar’s engine partners, and to show any new engine partners we will have consistency for another five years. The extension is to help grow the series and demonstrate to new manufacturers they can invest in IndyCar and know their investments will be stable.
The stability in the regulations in the series is a good thing for the sport, the teams, the engine manufacturers and particularly the fans of the series as it means that the sport will not alienate its fan base by constantly changing the regulations.
The 100th edition of the Indianapolis 500 takes place in May and Frye has confirmed that the series is hoping to take advantage of the increasing profile and popularity of the sport as they are currently in discussions to bring more manufacturers in to join Chevrolet and Honda.
The anticipation among fans, drivers, teams and the media is building ahead of the opening race of the new season with the Firestone Grand Prix of St Petersburg taking place in less than two months from March 11 -13. Tickets for the race can be found by visiting – http://www.gpstpete.com/