For the first time in a long time the Verizon IndyCar Series will have differences not just engine related as new aero packages are rolled out to every team in the 2015 field.
Over the winter break, both current engine suppliers – Honda and Chevrolet – have been developing their own versions of the aero packages available for the DW12 in an attempt to give their teams an aero as well as power advantage.
With the window for testing opening on March 13, expect teams to be flocking to one of three tracks: NOLA, Sebring or the Texas Motor Speedway before the official IndyCar test at Barber Motorsport Park on March 16/17 where everyone can get a gauge on each other’s performance.
One such team is the newly conjoined Carpenter Fischer Hartman Racing squad made up of Ed Carpenter Racing and Sarah Fischer Hartman Racing.
“In the past you’ve had the whole winter to go back and do all the body fit work and it’s being condensed into about 10 days before we have to have trucks loaded for our first test,” CFH Racing’s Team Manager Tim Broyles said. “There will be a lot of lists and notes. There will still be a lot to learn for the drivers, whether they have to adjust their style or just the way the car feels so there will be a lot of work over the next few weeks for crews, engineers and drivers across the whole series.”
With March 1 the deadline for Honda and Chevy to deliver the road/street course and short oval kits, it isn’t just CFH Racing who will be scrambling to find the best set up for their cars as all the field will be looking to one up each other before the season starts at St Petersburg at the end of the month.