Production of multiple components, pending INDYCAR approval, and then supplying Verizon IndyCar Series teams with the pieces is next on the list. The road/street and short oval packages will be tested by all teams for the first time March 16-17 at Barber Motorsports Park and will make their competitive debut at the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg on March 27-29. The 99th Running of the Indianapolis 500 Mile Race on May 24 will mark the debut of the speedway aero kit.
The Verizon IndyCar Series season opens March 8 with the Brasilia Indy 300 in the capital city of Brazil, but the 2014 road/street course bodywork configuration for Dallara chassis will be utilized.
Unlike yearly engine homologation for Chevrolet and Honda, in which parts are placed in a locked container for comparison to existing components throughout the season, computer-aided designs (CAD) comprised aero kit homologation.
Teams that have ordered a road/street and short oval kit will receive them by March 1. The speedway kit is due to teams April 1. Engine manufacturer on-track testing began Oct. 6 and closed Jan. 18.
Examples of areas open for development include sidepods, engine cover, rear wheel guards, front and rear wing endplates, and the speedway front wing main plane. According to the regulations, Chevrolet and Honda are to offer two aero kits to each of their entrants at no more than $75,000 per complete kit (excluding fasteners for all circuits).
Though components are homologated, manufacturer updates are allowed within regulations. Additionally, teams will have multiple component options to add or remove to suit the car’s set-up and driver based on the diverse set of tracks on the schedule.