INDIANAPOLIS – Last week, the Verizon IndyCar Series conducted the first test of the new 2018 car concept at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. The test day was graded as a huge success, with Juan Pablo Montoya and Oriol Servia each topping around 100 laps a piece around the famed 2.5-mile oval. Montoya, tested the new Chevrolet, while Servia was in a Honda. The series got enough data that they decided to forego the additional scheduled day for the following day.
Today, the series took the road course design to the track at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course. The oval car and street/road course/short oval car have some differences. But, the test was once again as good on Tuesday at the 2.258-mile road course as it was on the superspeedway last week.
The car is much more aesthetically pleasing than the current model. It also should produce closer racing which will promote more passing. It’s a win/win.
But, as Jay Frye pointed out to us last week before the debut test, the four scheduled tests are for IndyCar and IndyCar only. They are running a bunch of different simulations then working with Dallara on any changes. From there, all the data that IndyCar has gathered will go to each manufacturer (Honda and Chevrolet). After that, then Dallara will work with each manufacturer privately moving forward. They will then test separately before giving the cars to the teams in late November.
Starting in January, each team can then test on their own. They can use any driver and any track. There also will be 2-3 open tests, likely at Phoenix, Barber and Texas, for all teams to show up for.
Then, in March it’s go time.
The remaining tests are at Iowa Speedway (Aug. 10) and Sebring International Raceway (Sept. 26)