Insights Into IndyCar Testing For The 100th Indy 500

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The two day test, which fully involved nearly every team with the exception of Dale Coyne Racing and KVSH Racing, was truly uneventful. For IndyCar, its teams and drivers, that’s a positive development.

Teams methodically tried out new aero kit parts and other pieces on track at IMS this week, but certainly didn’t aim for any new track records – Marco Andretti of all people was quickest at just over 223 mph. Both the April weather and the introduction of different winglets and assorted other pieces from Chevy and Honda saw to that. Of particular interest was the debut of controversial new domed skids beneath the cars, an effort to avoid last year’s airborne follies. Or as we referred to it, “Mark Miles’ Flying Circus.” In the unending search for the fountain of safety, it looks like the skids are here to stay.

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By all reports the test was clean and green with some knowledge gleaned from the first outing prior to the most important race in history. Apparently the official 500 aero specs from IndyCar tech could go out to the teams as soon as week’s end.

Conor Daly announced that the ever quirky Dale Coyne Racing wouldn’t be participating the second day, choosing instead to prepare for Long Beach. IRR’s beginning to question their priorities. KVSH Racing’s Sebastien Bourdais reportedly suffered engine issues with his Chevy and didn’t participate on Wednesday. either. The rest of the regular teams were testing though, with Andretti Autosport, Chip Ganassi Racing, Team Penske, Schmidt Peterson Motorsports, Ed Carpenter Racing and the rest taking part.

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Weather was definitely a factor and hopefully isn’t a harbinger of Memorial Day weekend, with cool temps and blustery conditions on Tuesday and more wind with rain Wednesday. Showers eventually ended the proceedings prematurely. Still, a few of the hardier locals turned out to view the cars as well as upgrades at the Brickyard.

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Josef Newgarden‘s changing colors for May, as ECR reported this was the last appearance of the Fuzzy’s 21 car at Indy. Newgarden will have a new backer and carry a blue and white livery, as will his soon to be team mate JR Hildebrand, who looked on from the pits this week. It well could be among Newgarden’s final appearances at Indy in an Ed Carpenter Racing machine. Happily, Ed finished both days with his car intact.

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The Hinch is Back! The honorable Canuck James Hinchcliffe returned to the scene of his near fatal crash while practicing for last year’s Indy 500. You know, his comeback from the stab in the groin that’s been all over the headlines. He reportedly denied being anxious about getting back in the car on the famed oval, which was dissembling at best. Again, an uneventful test was precisely what’s needed – for more than a few IndyCar charioteers.

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Perhaps the best news from the entire event – other than the distinct lack of flipping and crashes – is a brand new bar spotted in the infield in turn 2. Snake Pit denizens rejoice! Oh, the new fence, posts and paint job at IMS look pretty sweet, too.

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Looking ahead to the 100th running and seeing cars on track at the Speedway, Flounder from “Animal House” summed it up best. “Oh boy, is this GREAT!”

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