Aero Kit Era Off To A Fast Start In Indianapolis
Ryan Hunter-Reay of Andretti Autosport showed off the Honda aero kit as practice for the 500 began at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
Juan Pablo Montoya ushered-in the Verizon IndyCar Series’ superspeedway aero kit era at Indianapolis Motor Speedway Sunday with a chart-topping lap the former Indianapolis 500 champion immediately dismissed as “irrelevant.”
Taken in context, JPM’s observation was more spot-on than sarcastic. Opening Day activities leading into the 99th running of the Indy 500 provided the first on-track appearances of superspeedway aero kits produced by engine suppliers Chevrolet and Honda during a four-hour Open Test.
The latest bodywork enhancements are designed to produce faster speeds around the 2.5-mile IMS oval (and subsequent ovals), as well as differentiate Chevrolet-powered cars from their Honda counterparts. The first four events of the 2015 schedule were contested on road/street courses with different aero kit packages from Chevy and Honda.
Paced by Montoya’s hot lap of 39.6874-seconds/226.772 mph, 21 drivers surpassed last Read the full story »