The NTT IndyCar Series has confirmed it will be testing the push-to-pass system on the Indianapolis oval as part of its preparations for the introduction of hybrid power units in 2023.
This Friday IndyCar will be overseeing the day’s running with solo simulation runs in the morning followed by an afternoon session in which all four drivers run on track together.
The four drivers participating will be Ganassi’s Scott Dixon, Team Penske’s Josef Newgarden, Andretti Autosport’s Alexander Rossi and Arrow McLaren SP’s Pato O’Ward.
A new 2.4-litre V6 turbocharged power unit is set to be introduced in 2023, including a hybrid system, capable of delivering over 900 horsepower.
The introduction of the new specification engine was pushed back a year owing to cost concerns relating to the pandemic.
Honda and Chevrolet have committed their long-term futures to the series with IndyCar still on the search for a third manufacturer.
Ferrari had been in discussions with IndyCar about a possible partnership, but those talks have since cooled.
The new hybrid units will also allow drivers to restart their own engines should they stall on the circuit reducing the risk to the AMR safety crews on the track.
The 2021 IndyCar season is scheduled to get underway on April 18 at Barber Motorsports Park for the Honda Grand Prix of Alabama.