The Verizon IndyCar Series unveiled the 2018 universal aero-kit to be used by both Honda and Chevrolet starting this season.
At a star studded event hosted at the Detroit International Auto Show on Tuesday, president of Hulman and Company, the Verizon IndyCar Series parent company, Mark Miles was joined at the event by defending series champion Josef Newgarden, team owner Roger Penske and series legend Mario Andretti.
Speaking at the event, Miles commented by saying:
This may be the public premiere, “but there’s been a lot of talk and we’re having trouble finding a critic. It looks great and … we believe that the changes that have been made will provide for great racing, more passing, more exciting racing. So we expect that to be great news for the ongoing growth of the series and we’re looking forward to seeing this beautiful car in action.
The new aero-kit will produce less down-force and speaking about the kit, series champion Josef Newgarden from Team Penske commented by saying:
We’ve tried to check the boxes on everything you need to with this car to make sure it’s going to function well and give us what we were looking for from a design standpoint. “INDYCAR is really looking to deliver on big promises. As you can see, it’s bolder, it’s more daring and really, we believe it has improved aerodynamics that are going to help the racing product tremendously, so I’m looking forward to that probably the most.
“We believe it’s going to be faster, we believe it’s going to be safer, it’s going to provide better racing like we’ve talked about.
Newgarden, who joined Team Penske last season from Ed Carpenter Racing believes that the Verizon IndyCar Series and their partners have developed a great racing product with the new kit.
The Tennessee native commented by saying:
The design has really been clear on what we’re looking for. “We want it to be an incredible-looking Indy car. We want people to come back to the IndyCar Series and love what we’re producing from an aesthetic standpoint, but the message that we really want to push is that our racing product is going to be the best on the planet.
“Speaking as a driver, I don’t think you’re going to get a better race car out there to drive as far as an open-wheel car goes. You’re really going to have a great racing product.
The Captain, Roger Penske commented on the new aero-kit by saying:
“I think Josef gave you a good update on the vehicle, “but the opportunity to showcase the drivers (with the universal kit) because the downforce was so high on the existing cars in ’17 and before, this will give us a great opportunity. I know all the drivers that have tested it, both on the Honda side and the Chevy side, are giving us great reviews, so from a cost perspective, a competitive perspective and I think the look of the car, it’s going to be a home run
Series legend, Mario Andretti who has spent over 50 years in and around the Verizon IndyCar Series and is second on the all-time win list with 52 was also in attendance at the event and speaking about the new aero kit, Andretti commented by saying:
Our audiences today are more sophisticated than ever and they want more and more from us as far as the product, as far as action on the track, overtaking and so forth. “We have to give it to them because that’s what we like to do, ultimately. I think this is the best way to achieve it.
“Like I said, this thing is beautiful as it is. It’s just going back to what the pure open-wheel, single-seater should be.