After wrapping up IndyCar’s final preseason test session at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, many of the series’ teams are leaning towards different setup philosophies for this year’s Indianapolis 500.
The changes in this year’s cars are on account of new aero parts that were brought forward by IndyCar and tested by multiple teams back in November.
The parts were designed to allow cars to follow each other more easily on the high-speed oval and, following successful data from last year’s test, have been finalized and implemented ahead of this season.
After the final day of last week’s test, two-time IndyCar series champion Josef Newgarden explained that the changes in handling are significant enough that teams are still honing in on what setup works best for them.
“I think you’re seeing some split camps here along pit lane,” said Newgarden.
“Not everybody is running the same stuff. That’s been interesting to watch.
“Some of them are tricky to drive, some of these parts. But I think [IndyCar] has made the ability to follow better.”
Last week’s two-day test saw 32 drivers get on track to fully evaluate the performance of the new enhancements while making early preparations for this year’s Indy 500.
Overall, the reaction was positive and many drivers felt they will be able to more easily run in a group during the world-renowned race this May.
“Yes, definitely,” expanded Newgarden when asked if the new aero parts seem to be an improvement. “It’s easier to follow.
“It’s still tough. You’ll still get a big front wash in traffic. 10 cars back, it’s always going to be difficult.
“I think the balance shift in traffic is less. That balance separation between clean air and dirty air is definitely reduced.
“Yeah, the ability that we’re going to have to race compared to last year will be better.”