IndyCar orders manufacturers to strengthen bodywork


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In the wake of the carbon fibre shower at St Petersburg, Verizon IndyCar Series officials have announced they are tasking bodywork manufacturers Honda and Chevrolet with serious strengthening updates.

With pieces of the new-for-2015 body kits going across the track, off the track, and even into the stands, IndyCar made sure that come this weekend’s round at the brand new NOLA Motorsport Park the kits have been modified to make them less liable to breaking.

“We applaud both Honda and Chevrolet for their efforts to implement these changes,” said Derrick Walker, IndyCar President of Competition and Operations. “With a quick turnaround from St. Petersburg, our partners were very diligent in making these enhancements in time for this weekend’s event. We will continue this collaboration and expect additional improvements in the future.”

The main focus for Chevrolet and Honda was to make sure that wheel-to-wheel contact didn’t break the wings and promote the close racing IndyCar has been known for. All this was done just two weeks after the St Petersburg round.

Walker said: “These upgrades are a good first step that will make immediate improvements to the race this weekend at NOLA Motorsports Park.”

This, the very first race at NOLA will take place on Sunday, April 12 and is the second round of the season.