As testing and development of the next generation of car moves from INDYCAR to its engine manufacturers and teams, the initial stages of the process have been deemed successful by those working closest with it.
Bill Pappas, INDYCAR’s vice president of competition, race engineering, has been overseeing the development of a new universal body kit on the existing Dallara IR-12 chassis. Working with drivers Juan Pablo Montoya and Oriol Servia, INDYCAR engineers have tested the new car on tracks representing the series’ four disciplines – superspeedways, short ovals, road courses and street courses.
“Obviously you’re very happy that the results come out like they do,” Pappas said. “I look at this whole business as a business of passion. You have to be passionate about this. The hours and frustration really doesn’t cause you big heartache or headache. You just want to see it come to fruition. You want to see this become the next generation of Indy car – something we can all be proud of and excited about. Hopefully, everybody else sees that and wants to be a part of it.”
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