If you thought the IndyCar aero revolution was a major one,
check out the Dallara IL15, the all-new Indy Lights car powered
by a two-liter turbo Mazda/AER engine. Details, page 62.
The Barber test saw 23 drivers run 2,832 total laps, with 21
of them quicker than Will Power’s 2014 pole. His 1m7.3118s
was best of the test, 1.0002sec under his ’ 14 pole time.
Consensus is that Honda’s road course/short
oval aero kit has the more aggressive look
of the two, including an engine cover fin and
“supersized” front-wing endplates among
its arsenal of elements. read more, page 14.
WHO’S FAST? THEY’RE ALL FAST...
AND IN THE HONDA CORNER...
Bryan Herta Autosport
Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing
Schmidt Peterson Motorsport
Dale Coyne Racing
A.J. Foyt Racing
“There’s so much extra grip, I think we’ll
break track records just about everywhere
this year once everyone’s got their engine
boost up and we’re running softer tires. We
need to do some wrestling exercises to
strengthen our neck muscles.”
Greater than G-load effect on drivers
will be the energizing effect of IndyCar’s
return to technical intrigue beyond the
engine bay. Part-time driver and full-time
team co-owner of CFH Racing, Ed Carpenter,
said: “Introducing aero kits is exciting.
Any time you’re part of developing
something new – and this is a new car for
the most part – it’s a big challenge.”
And an exciting one for those in the
grandstands, as well as the pit lane.
Spectators and TV viewers will soon be
able to see each position gained and lost
throughout the field in a Verizon IndyCar
Series race, thanks to real-time displays
behind the cockpit of each racecar.
In March, IndyCar started validating
new technology that will track each car’s
position on the circuit and display it via
a light-emitting diode panel mounted on
each side of the engine air intake.
The plan is to introduce the system at
the Grand Prix of Indianapolis on May 9.
TURNING THE LIGHTS ON