It was the start of a new era in Verizon IndyCar Series racing this week, when officials unveiled the 2018 aero kits at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
The new car incorporates ideas from both drivers and fans alike, as many longtime fans see the modern design as a step in the direction the series should have gone many years ago.
“There is a historical component to this design, and it comes with a very forward look and all the latest components.” Says Jay Frye, IndyCar’s president of competition and operations.
The new look cars made their first appearance on track Tuesday, when veteran drivers Oriol Servia and Juan Montoya took to the famed oval for testing.
“From Lap 1, it just felt at home. The car felt great. I think it’s going to be a fast, good racer.” Said Servia, who was testing the car prepared by Schmidt-Peterson Motorsports to assist Honda in its testing of the new kit.
Juan Montoya, whose car was prepared by Team Penske for Chevrolet, believes the new car solves some of the handling issues experienced in previous years.
“It’s exciting because, for the first time in the car, it drives really, really well. I think they addressed a lot of the things and the car looks great. I think having one aero kit for everybody is great for the sport. The car looks good and it drives really good.”
The new kits will be universal amongst all teams and engine manufacturers, meaning all cars will aesthetically be the same. This is a move team owners and series officials hope will decrease the overall cost of the car.
While the aero kits will provide a fresh look for IndyCar, the base chassis for the series will remain the Dallara IR-12, which will enter its seventh season of competition in 2018.
Up next for series officials will be the unveiling and testing of the 2018 road course car, which will take place August 1st at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course.