The new aero kits
have sent drivers and
their teams back into
Just what are the
of the 2015 cars?
Chip Ganassi Racing
Technical innovation and diversity are front
and center in the 2015 verizon indycar
series, with its engine manufacturers,
Honda and chevrolet, now also producing
aero kits for their respective teams.
The result is a collection of some of the
most intriguing shapes to ever touch
down in an indy car racing pitlane.
Most fascinating of all are the very
different approaches taken by Honda
Performance development and chevrolet
and its technical partner, Pratt & Miller,
who were all able to unleash their
creativity within a series of hypothetical
boxes on the front wing, sidepods, engine
cover and rear wing. This freedom has
resulted in the designers going for radically
verizon IndyCar Series teams, drivers and engineers start a voyage of discovery as aero kits build downforce and speed
different and easily distinguishable shapes
in their pursuit of downforce.
as the March 16-17 open Test held at
Barber Motorsport Park concluded, 10 days
before first practice for the season-opener
in st. Petersburg, few were willing to draw
firm conclusions regarding the relative
competitiveness of the two aero kits.
“These kits are so new, everyone’s still
experimenting with handling balance and
trying different parts,” said chip Ganassi
racing’s three-time champ scott dixon,
who was fastest on day one. “so there’ll be
unknowns throughout the season, which is
good for the fans and interesting for us.”
What was clear, however, was the vast
increase in downforce. over the two days,
21 drivers – all on Firestone’s harder
compound tires – ducked under Will Power’s
2014 Barber pole time, set on softer tires.
Power, who topped the test times on
day two and overall, going a full second
quicker than his ’ 14 pole lap, said:
Chevrolet is quietly confident of its road course/short oval
package. It’s staying tight-lipped on its downforce figures,
but fired a first shot with the fastest time in pre-season
testing at Barber Motorsports Park. Read more, page 26.
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