You only get to turn 100 once, and
Indianapolis Motor Speedway officials are
pulling out all the stops to ensure the
100th running of the Indianapolis 500
lives up to the hype. Fortunately, it
doesn’t appear those will need to include
cobbling together extra cars to guarantee
the magic 33, as a full field seemed set as
the month of May approached – if not
quite sufficient to recreate the bumping
frenzy old timers still yearn for.
A number of one-offs are set to join
the Verizon IndyCar Series regulars,
although the options for the former have
been squeezed both by the reluctance of
engine suppliers Chevrolet and Honda to
commit to more than 34-35 entries, and
of the teams to free up spare cars they
might need themselves, bearing in mind
how crash-intensive practice turned out
to be last year. Still, there’s a line of
drivers ready to fill the open seats, and
several other looking to pry their way into
any that become available, should any of
the current deals fall through.
The race also looks to be shaping up
nicely on the commercial front. “We’ve
got a very good chance of selling every
seat,” Hulman & Company boss Mark
Miles reported in late March. “All of the
suites are already sold out and we’re
looking at building 12 temporary ones to
accommodate the demand. And we’re
already way ahead on total ticket sales
compared with a year ago.”
Will Power’s St. Pete IndyCar sit-out turned out
not to be due to concussion after all, but rather
the effects of a middle-ear infection that
simulated one. The Penske ace vowed not to let
the false start derail another title bid, though.
Field for 100th Indy 500 forms up amid booming ticket sales
rounding up the troops
for keeping the
The scary string of airborne cars
that interrupted last year’s race for
the pole at Indy demanded more
than a quick fix, and IndyCar has
adopted technical changes aimed at
keeping the cars planted.
A flap system, which mirrors the
purpose and principles behind the
roof flaps pioneered by NASCAR,
mounts to the rear beam wing on
the Dallara DW12 chassis and will be
utilized in IndyCar’s three speedway
events at Indy, Texas, and Pocono.
Two flaps are required, with one
mounting to each side of the beam
wing; the flaps are hinged at the
leading edge of the beam wings. The
flaps are designed to deploy on their
own by using the rushing air to flip
upward when a car begins to turn
backward at speed.
In addition, dome-like
attachments are mounted beneath
the chassis and run the full length of
the floor. These “dome skids” create
extra downforce in the event of a
high-speed slide or spin.
A blend of
fast rookies and
make Indy’s 100th
worthy of history.
Mirroring NASCAR’s roof flaps, new
safety flaps mount to the rear beam
wing for IndyCar’s three speedway
events. They activate when the car
is going backward at high speeds.
NBCSN’s analyst has
a golden ticket as part
of Andretti Autosport’s
armada this year.
Colorful Canadian is
another doing Indy’s
May double in a third
AJ Foyt Racing entry.
The steady Californian
is back for the Indy GP
and the “500” with
Ed Carpenter’s team.
Flap on, flap off
One-off heavy hitters...
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