IndyCar Universal Aero Kit Testing Authorized

James Hinchcliffe is seen leaving the pits during qualifying in Detroit on 3 June 2016. The No. 5 Honda sports the current IndyCar aero kit on the front wing.Photo by Ian Shalapata.

James Hinchcliffe is seen leaving the pits during qualifying in Detroit on 3 June 2016. The No. 5 Honda sports the current IndyCar aero kit on the front wing.
Photo by Ian Shalapata.

(INDIANAPOLIS, IN) – IndyCar is providing ample time for manufacturers and teams to learn the new universal aero kit during offseason testing, with the sanctioning body for the Verizon IndyCar Series announcing testing guidelines for the 2018 season. The testing regulations, developed in cooperation with series teams and manufacturers, have been distributed to IndyCar stakeholders and are split into offseason and in-season testing categories.

The offseason testing window began Monday and runs through March 29, 2018. The in-season testing window runs from March 30 until September 16, 2018.

Each Verizon IndyCar Series entrant is permitted five team test days; three in the offseason window and two during the in-season window. The offseason window for team testing begins January 8, 2018, allowing time for teams to receive and prepare the Dallara universal aero kits to be used by all Verizon IndyCar Series competitors in 2018.

Teams with rookie drivers are permitted an additional three days of testing; one offseason and two in season.

Also, entrants operating full-season teams in both the Verizon IndyCar Series and Indy Lights are granted an additional in-season test day to be used between May 12 and September 16, 2018.

Helio Castroneves (3) chases Takuma Sato through Turn 5 at Detroit on 1 June 2014. An earlier aero kit can be seen on Sato's No. 14 Honda.<br>Photo by Ian Shalapata.

Helio Castroneves (3) chases Takuma Sato through Turn 5 at Detroit on 1 June 2014. An earlier aero kit can be seen on Sato’s No. 14 Honda.
Photo by Ian Shalapata.

Engine manufacturers Chevrolet and Honda are each granted five days through December 17 to conduct testing with the universal aero kit. No more than two cars are permitted for a manufacturer at each aero kit test and the manufacturer is not required to allow its other teams or the competing manufacturer to attend.

IndyCar has stipulated one of the aero kit test days for each manufacturer. Chevrolet will test at Phoenix Raceway on October 17 and Honda at Texas Motor Speedway on October 23.

Each engine manufacturer may conduct two days of offseason engine testing and must permit any team using its engines to attend the test. Teams attending an engine test will not be charged a team test day, but each team is limited to attending only one engine manufacturer test day.

Teams of the opposing manufacturer may also participate in the test, but those teams will be charged a team test day.

Tire manufacturer Firestone is allotted four tire test days, two in each of the off- and in –season windows, utilizing two teams at each test. All teams, including those providing a tire test car, may be approved by IndyCar to have one car participate in team testing to run concurrently with the tire test.

Teams will not be charged a team test day for participating in any tire test day.

Teams and manufacturers may test at any Verizon IndyCar Series race location in the United States except street courses. Other approved tracks for testing are the Auto Club Speedway, Chicagoland Speedway, Circuit of the Americas, Homestead-Miami Speedway, both oval and road courses, Kentucky Speedway, Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, and Sebring International Raceway.

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