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. Continue reading

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Top Fifteen IndyCar Stories of 2015

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The Force Be With You – Rahal rebounded for an excellent season, winning twice and finishing fourth in points. He then proceeded to wed the gorgeous and talented Courtney Force, making major motoring and matrimonial momentum going into 2016. Penske/Ganassi Empire be warned.

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Loss of Williams – No, it’s not an F1 story. SPM cut Englishman James Jakes loose after a lackluster season, which means tragically that his stunningly beautiful girlfriend Megan Williams will no longer enhance the viewing experience with her Venus-like presence. The series needs more serious WAGS like Meg and to feature them prominently, as the NFL does with its cheerleaders.

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Karam Craps Out – Despite our best efforts, fearless young Pennsylvanian Sage Karam is out of the series having lost his ride with villainous Chip the Hutt. Sage had a decent year all things considered, and IndyCar is poorer, older and less American because of his leaving. Continue reading

IndyCar IMS Aero Testing: Instant Reaction

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After a full day of testing the new oval aero kits at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, IndyCar drivers and teams gained much knowledge in advance of the Indy 500 in three weeks’ time. Twenty seven cars and drivers appeared on the hallowed track in the oval kits’ on-track debut. It was a perfect 80 degree day for the initial test, which went swimmingly with well over twelve hundred incident-free laps turned.

The manufacturers definitely toned down the aero kits for the large ovals and their appearance met our approval, much more so than the road course kits. The Honda oval kits still look overblown with their “gull wings” on the rear, while the sleeker Chevys with minimal rear wings look attractive as well as fast on track. Chevy also had four of the day’s top five speeds, the top being in the mid-226 range, though without a tow from a leading car speeds were in the 223s.

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