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Posted 24 April 2018 - 17:30

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Polako je vec vreme da se otvara i ova tema. Jedan od najznacajnijih dogadjaja sezone u globalnom auto-sportu sa tradicijom koja seze unazad do 1911. godine, trka koja je mnogo vise od samo jos jedne trke i koja svojim prestizom i statusom prevazilazi i sam Indikar sampionat na cijem se kalendaru nalazi.

 

O stazi svi vec sve znaju - 2,5 milje / 4 km, 200 krugova, dva pravca od po 1 km duzine, dva od po 200 m, povezani sa 4 identicne krivine sa nagibom od 9 stepeni, s prosecnim brzinama kruga od preko 370 km/h i bez prostora za gresku.

 

Prosle sezone sve oci su bile uprte u gosta iz svetskog sampionata F1 dvostrukog prvaka Fernanda Alonsa, kome ni ovde Honda nije donela bolju srecu nego u F1. Pobedu je uzeo F1 izbeglica Takuma Sato.

 

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Ove godine nece biti vidjenijih gostiju poput Alonsa, osim ako u goste ne racunamo doskorasnjeg pulena Penski Rejskinga a odnedavno vozaca u IMSA seriji sportskih prototipova Elia Kastronevesa koji ce pokusati da uzme svoju cetvrtu pobedu na Indi 500 i tako se pridruzi besmrtnim herojima EjDzej Fojtu, Alu Anseru starijem i Riku Mirsu. A bice tu i Danika Patrik koja ovom trkom zavrsava svoju aktivnu takmicarsku karijeru.

 

No zato cemo po prvi put nakon dugo godina imati prave kvalifikacije za 33 startera, jer se do sada za trku zvanicno prijavilo 35 vozaca, a ocekuje se potvrda za jos jednog ili dvojicu.

 

Do sada prijavljeni:

 

#1 Dzozef Njugarden, Penski - Sevrolet: Aktuelni sampion Indikar serije i trenutno vodeci u poretku sampionata, do sada najbolji rezultat ovde jedno 3. mesto.

 

#3 Elio Kastroneves, Penski - Sevrolet: Popularni Brazilac odnedavno prekomandovan u Penskijev IMSA program dobio je priliku da pokusa da osvoji svoj 4. Indi.

 

#4 Mateus Lajst, Fojt - Sevrolet: Mladi 19-ogodisnji ruki nekadasnji sampion britanske F3, prosle godine 4. u Indi Lajt sampionatu, videcemo koliko moze i koliko zna.

 

#5 Dzejms Hincklif, SPM - Honda: "Gradonacelnik" Hinc je ovde 2015. doziveo tesku nesrecu i umalo izgubio zivot, da bi se sledece godine kvalifikovao za pol. Najbolji rezultat u trci - 6. mesto.

 

#6 Robert Vikens, SPM - Honda: Indikar ruki sa velikim iskustvom iz evropskih Formula Reno i DTM sampionata, u neku ruku otkrovenje ove sezone. Ipak, Indijanapolis je nesto znacajno drugacije od svega sto je do sada imao prilike da proba.

 

#7 Dzej Hauard, SPM - Honda: Talentovan vozac cija je karijera mnogo obecavala ali je bila sputana hronicnim nedostatkom novca, vec nekoliko godina se bavi vodjenjem karting-skole. Prosle godine se pojavio na Indi 500 po prvi put nakon 2011, a i ove ce nastaviti saradnju sa SPM timom.

 

#9 Skot Dikson, Ganasi - Honda: Najtrofejniji vozac na Indika gridu, cetvorostruki sampion i cetvrti na listi osvojenih pobeda svih vremena, bez sumnje najtalentovaniji aktivni vozac na svetu kome nikada nije pruzena prilika da vozi u F1. "Ledeni" ima vec jednu pobedu i tri pol pozicije na Indi 500, uvek medju favoritima.

 

#10 Ed Dzons, Ganasi - Honda: Ruki sezone 2017, za nagradu je dobio mesto u timu "velike trojke". Prosle godine trku zavrsio na 3. mestu.

 

#12 Vil Pauer, Penski - Sevrolet: Sampion Indikar serije za 2014, najbolji rezultat 2. mesto 2015. Nekada vazio za specijalistu za "redovne" staze koji se ne snalazi najbolje na ovalima, zadnjih godina najvece uspehe ostvaruje upravo na ovalnim stazama.

 

#13 Danika Patrik, Karpenter - Sevrolet: Povratak Patrikove u Indikar bice ujedno i njena oprostajna trka. Jedina zena koja je uzela pobedu na nekoj Indikar trci, najbolji rezultat na Indi 500 jedno 3. mesto.

 

#14 Toni Kanan, Fojt - Sevrolet: Brazilski veteran i verovatno najpopularniji vozac na Indikar gridu ima jednu sampionsku titulu i jednu pobedu na Indi 500, i drzi rekord u broju uzastopnih startova u Indikar sampionatu. Doduse, vec dosta dugo nema zapazenijih rezultata, poslednjih godina uzme podijum-dva godisnje i to je to.

 

#15 Grem Rehol, RLL - Honda: Sin legende Bobija vozi u porodicnom timu, dugo godina neostvaren talenat, zadnjih par sezona njegova karijera dozivljava preporod. Najbolji rezultat na Indiju 3. mesto.

 

#17 Konor Dejli, DCR - Honda: Sin bivseg F1 vozaca Dereka, izgubio mesto na Indikar gridu zbog nedostatka novca ali ipak ce dobiti priliku na Indi 500. Do sada bez znacajnijih rezultata.

 

#18 Sebastijan Borde, DCR - Honda: Cetvorostruki sampion, bivsi F1 vozac, prosle godine u kvalifikacijama doziveo tesku nesrecu. Ove sezone 3. u poretku sampionata. Najbolji rezultat na Indiju 7. mesto.

 

#19 Pjetro Fitipaldi, DCR - Honda: Unuk legende Emersona, ovo mu je ruki sezona u Indikar sampionatu.

 

#20 Ed Karpenter, Karpenter - Sevrolet: Sam svoj majstor, specijalista za ovale, uvek brz na Indiju, dve pol pozicije, najbolji rezultat 5. mesto.

 

#21 Spenser Pigot, Karpenter - Sevrolet: Nekadasnji sampion Indi Lajt serije, ovo mu je treca sezona u Indikar sampionatu, za sada bez znacajnijih rezultata.

 

#22 Simon Pazeno, Penski - Sevrolet: Indikar sampion za sezonu 2016, talentovan vozac sa puno uspeha u takmicenjima sportskih prototipova. Moguci favorit iz senke.

 

#23 Carli Kimbal, Karlin - Sevrolet: Momak poznatiji po udesima nego po uspesima koji ipak ume povremeno da pokaze bljeske talenta, ove godine vozi za Trevora Karlina u novom Indkar timu. Ina jedno 3. mesto na Indi 500.

 

#24 Sejdz Karam, D&R - Sevrolet: Talentovan momak, nekadasnji Indi Lajt sampion, jos jedan od onih cija karijera je skrajnuta nedostatkom novca. I on i tim Drejer & Rejnbolt poslednjih sezona uglavnom nastupaju samo na Indi 500.

 

#25 Stefan Vilson, Andreti - Honda: Brat tragicno nastradalog Dzastina, prosle godine ustupio svoje mesto Fernandu Alonsu. Ovo ce mu biti drugi start na Indi 500.

 

#26 Zak Vic, Andreti - Honda: 23-godisnji momak koji likom i gradjom deluje upola mladje, ovo ce mu biti drugi start na Indi 500.

 

#27 Aleks Rosi, Andreti - Honda: Bivsi vozac Marusije u F1, vicesampion GP2 serije, kao ruki pobedio na 100. Indi 500 2016. godine. Trenutno drugi na tabeli Indikar sampionata i jedan od ozbiljnih kandidata za titulu.

 

#28 Rajan Hanter-Rej, Andreti - Honda: "Kapetan Amerika", jedna sampionska titula i jedna pobeda na Indi 500. Zadnjih par sezona ga bije maler, ali mogao bi biti favorit iz senke.

 

#29 Karlos Munjoz, Andreti - Honda: Kolumbijac je izgubio mesto na gridu ali ce dobiti priliko za Indi 500. Uvek brz ovde, ima dva druga mesta na Indi 500.

 

#30 Takuma Sato, RLL - Honda: Popularni Japanac brani pobedu od prosle godine.

 

#32 Kajl Kajzer, Junkos - Sevrolet: Aktuelni Indi Lajt sampion po prvi put na Indi 500, u drugom pokusaju Junkos Rejsinga.

 

#33 Dzejms Dejvison, Fojt - Sevrolet: Momak koji se uglavnom takmici u klasama sportskih prototipova i GT, ovo ce mu biti cetvrti start na Indi 500.

 

#59 Maks Cilton, Karlin - Sevrolet: Jos jedan izbeglica iz F1 u novom Indikar timu za ovu sezonu. Ovo ce mu biti treci pokusaj na Indi 500, prosle godine zavrsio na 4. mestu sto mu je ujedno i ubedljivo najbolji rezultat karijere.

 

#60 Dzek Harvi, SPM - Honda: Dvostruki vicesampion Indi Lajt serije nikako ne uspeva da pokrene svoju Indikar karijeru. Ovo ce mu biti drugi pokusaj na Indi 500.

 

#63 Pipa Man, DCR - Honda: Pipa vec tradicionalno ucestvuje na Indi 500, ovo ce joj biti 7. start, bez znacajnijih rezultata.

 

#64 Oriol Servija, RLL - Honda: Spanski veteran ce ponovo dobiti priliku na Indi 500, kuriozitet je po tome sto je (uz Huanpabla Montoju) verovatno najiskusniji medju svim vozacima sa novim Indikar bolidom jer su upravo njih dvojica radili testiranja za razvoj nove sasije i aeropaketa. Najbolji rezultat na Indi 500 4. mesto.

 

#66 DzejAr Hildebrand, D&R - Sevrolet: Covek koji ce vecito ostati obelezen udesom u poslednjoj krivini poslednjeg kruga Indija 2011. godine kada je kao ruki poklonio pobedu Denu Veldonu. Prosle godine vozio za Eda Karpentera, ove godine bez angazmana, no ipak ovde je uvek bio brz.

 

#88 Gabi Caves, Harding - Sevrolet: Ruki sezone 2015. u prvoj punoj sezoni novog Indikar tima, najbolji rezultat na Indi 500 9. mesto

 

#98 Marko Andreti, Andreti - Honda: Unuk legendarnog Marija i sin Majkla, dokaz da iver ponekad ipak pada daleko od klade, vozacki talenat je tu ali takodje i kurslus u glavi, sam svoj najveci neprijatelj.

 

Nepotvrdjeni ucesnici:

 

Badi Lazir, Lazir - Sevrolet(?) : Veteran 50-godisnjak, sampion sezone 2000, pobednik Indija 1996, do sada 20 puta startovao na Indiju (i jos 6 bezuspesnih pokusaja da se kvalifikuje). Covek koji nema nikakve sanse, sa budzetom manjim od prosecnog prosjaka, ali koji se takmici na Indiju iz ciste ljubavi.

 

(?), Harding-Sevrolet: Harding ima jos jedan bolid na raspolaganju i trazi pravog vozaca s kojim bi mogli da zatvore finansijsku konstrukciju za Indi.

 

 

Ipak, najveca zvezda ovogodisnjeg Indija bice apsolutno spektakularan novi Indikar bolid:

 

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Uz smanjenu tezinu i ukupno aerodinamicko prianjanje koje se sada vecinom generise preko patosa, ovogodisnji bolidi bi trebali da omoguce znacajno vece brzine na pravcima ali i manje kroz krivine sto znaci da ce vozaci morati mnogo opreznije da ulaze u krivine 1 i 3 na kraju dugackih pravaca. Takodje ce se promeniti dinamika na stazi u smislu da ce efekat zavertine na pravcima biti manji (bolidi su aerodinamicki efikasniji) pa cemo vidjati manje preticanja "iz pracke", u isto vreme efekat na bolide iza kroz krivine ce biti manji pa ce oni ostati blize zbijeni. Po onome sto smo imali prilike da vidimo na do sada jedinoj ovalnoj trci sa novim bolidom u Finiksu deluje da ce najpresudniji faktor za uspesno preticanje biti a.) gume i b.) kohonesi. Onaj ko ima bolje gume ce imati veliku prednost, ali ce za preticanje biti potrebno mnogo vise od toga, sto je Aleks Rosi dobro demonstrirao u Finiksu.

 

Toliko za sada, pre Indija sleduje nam jos i VN Indijanapolisa (isto mesto, "redovna" konfiguracija staze), o cemu cemo u regularnoj temi za Indikar sezonu. :)


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Posted 24 April 2018 - 17:32

2019 Corvette ZR1 to pace 102nd Indy 500
Thursday, 19 April 2018
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The 2019 Corvette ZR1 is the official Pace Car for the 2018 Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil and will lead drivers to the green flag Sunday, May 27 for the 102nd Running of the legendary race.

It marks the 15th time a Corvette has served as the official Pace Car, starting in 1978, and the 29th time a Chevrolet has led the field, dating back to 1948, when a 1948 Fleetmaster Six convertible paced the race.

No other vehicle has served as the Pace Car more than the Corvette. To celebrate the iconic supercar's connection to "The Greatest Spectacle in Racing," the 2019 Corvette ZR1 and the other 14 Corvettes that have paced the "500" were on display on the front straightaway today at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

"Chevrolet is proud to once again pace the Indianapolis 500," said Steve Majoros, marketing director for Cars and Crossovers. "The ZR1 is the most powerful and fastest Corvette ever made. It's the perfect choice to pace 'The Greatest Spectacle in Racing.'"

The 2019 Corvette ZR1 Pace Car features:

• LT5 small block 6.2L supercharged V8 engine with 755-hp and 715 lb.-ft. of torque
• 8-speed 8L90 paddle-shift automatic transmission
• ZTK Performance Package, which features a stanchion-mounted adjustable carbon-fiber high rear wing, Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tires and performance suspension
• Magnetic Selective Ride Control
• Brembo Carbon Ceramic brake system
• ZR1 chrome-aluminum wheels: 19-inch front and 20-inch rear
• Standard Performance Traction Management and Electronic Limited-Slip Differential
• Unique Indy 500 graphics package
• GM Design fully-integrated safety strobe system
• Performance Data and Video Recorder

The Corvette ZR1 Pace Car can accelerate from 0-60 mph in 2.85 seconds and reach a top track speed of 212 mph, the fastest Corvette in history.

Chevrolet has a storied history with the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Chevrolet was founded in 1911, the year of the inaugural 500-Mile Race, and company co-founder Louis Chevrolet, along with brothers Arthur and Gaston, competed in early Indy 500 races. Arthur Chevrolet competed in the 1911 race, and Gaston Chevrolet won it in 1920.

"Chevrolet and IMS enjoy one of the longest-running and strongest bonds in motorsports," said Doug Boles, Indianapolis Motor Speedway president. "Seeing all of the incredible Corvettes that have paced the Indianapolis 500 on track today is an exciting reminder of the rich history of this great relationship. This year's Pace Car, the 2019 Corvette ZR1, is an incredible, fast machine that is a perfect fit to lead the '500' field to the green flag."


Newgarden to test windscreen at IMS
Monday, 23 April 2018
By Marshall Pruett (words and image)

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Team Penske's Josef Newgarden will help the Verizon IndyCar Series conduct the second test of the cockpit windscreen it has developed to increase driver protection.

Following the windscreen's maiden outing in February on the ISM Raceway short oval in Phoenix with Chip Ganassi Racing's Scott Dixon, the device created by IndyCar's technical department will undergo its first laps at speeds well in excess of 200mph at the 2.5-mile Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

"We're planning to run it with Josef at the end of Monday's open test on April 30th," Frye told RACER. "And if, for any reason we can't, we'll run it with him and Team Penske the next morning on Tuesday."

The windscreen that will be affixed to Newgarden's No. 1 Chevy will be the same as what Dixon used on his No. 9 Honda.

"Nothing has changed since Phoenix," Frye continued. "We want to try the same piece with a different driver, different engine manufacturer, and at much higher speeds to get a read on it."

In-depth impact testing is also taking place behind the scenes with IndyCar's windscreen.

"Some of the crash and impact testing is taking place right now with identical versions of what's been on track and running again next week," Frye said. "After IMS, we want to get it on a car on a road course. And once we complete this IMS test and a run on a road course, we'll do a reverse timeline and have an update for getting it on more cars with the optimal shape of the windscreen completed. So far, so good."


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Posted 24 April 2018 - 20:22

Ovo nema ni Motosport.com!!  :thumbs:

 

Maestralno prika! Obavezno nam stavi onu šemu kvalifikacija, sve satnice i datume ovde na prvu stranu. Kakva je priča sa prenosom? 


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Posted 24 April 2018 - 20:31

Bice sve kad u'vatim vremena. Prenos jos ove godine radi ABC :sleep_1:a u Evropi koliko znam prenosi BT Sport britanski (oni imaju svoje ljude u studiju i nastavljaju prenos dok su kod Amera reklame). Javljam sve detalje na vreme!


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Posted 25 April 2018 - 01:06

Test na IMS, tehnicki ne spada u program Meseca Maja jer se vozi pre VN Indijanapolisa ali mnogi ce ga iskoristiti da prodju ruki orjentaciju:
 

Indy Open Test schedule set
Tuesday, 24 April 2018
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The one and only chance for Verizon IndyCar Series teams to test at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway prior to opening practice for the 102nd Indy 500 will be spread across three highly structured days.

The April 30-May 2 IMS test will see next Monday reserved for veterans, Tuesday set aside for refreshers and Rookie Orientation Program participants, and Wednesday held for Chevy and Honda to conduct a Manufacturers' test.

The series has also confirmed to RACER that live streaming will be available on IndyCar.com during the test.

For Monday, April 30: Veterans/active 2018 drivers (21):

A.J. Foyt Racing: Tony Kanaan
Andretti Autosport: Marco Andretti, Ryan Hunter-Reay, Alexander Rossi, Zach Veach
Carlin Racing: Max Chilton, Charlie Kimball
Chip Ganassi Racing: Scott Dixon, Ed Jones
Dale Coyne Racing: Sebastien Bourdais
Ed Carpenter Racing: Ed Carpenter, Spencer Pigot
Harding Racing: Gabby Chaves
Meyer Shank Racing: Jack Harvey
Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing: Graham Rahal, Takuma Sato
Schmidt Peterson Motorsports: James Hinchcliffe
Team Penske: Helio Castroneves, Josef Newgarden, Simon Pagenaud, Will Power

For Tuesday, May 1, Refreshers and ROP (7):

A.J. Foyt Racing: Matheus Leist (ROP)
Dale Coyne Racing: Pietro Fittipaldi (ROP)
Dreyer & Reinbold Racing: Sage Karam
Ed Carpenter Racing: Danica Patrick
Juncos Racing: Kyle Kaiser (ROP)
Schmidt Peterson Motorsports: Jay Howard, Robert Wickens (ROP)

For Wednesday, May 2: Manufacturers (12):
 
A.J. Foyt Racing: Tony Kanaan, Matheus Leist (Chevy)
Carlin Racing: Max Chilton, Charlie Kimball (Chevy)
Chip Ganassi Racing: Scott Dixon, Ed Jones (Honda)
Ed Carpenter Racing: Ed Carpenter/Spencer Pigot, Danica Patrick (Chevy)
Harding Racing: Gabby Chaves (Chevy)
Schmidt Peterson Motorsports: James Hinchcliffe, Robert Wickens (Honda)

Notes:

A number of Indy 500 veterans, including Andretti's Carlos Munoz and Stefan Wilson, Dale Coyne/Burns' Conor Daly, Dreyer & Reinbold's JR Hildebrand, Foyt/Byrd/Hollinger/Belardi's James Davison, and Scuderia Corsa's Oriol Servia will either conduct refreshers or turn their first laps once official practice starts for the Indy 500.

IndyCar also plans to have defending series champion Josef Newgarden turn the first laps on a Speedway with the windscreen cockpit protection device either late Monday or early Tuesday.


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Posted 25 April 2018 - 02:11

Program Meseca Maja:

 

(11. / 12. maj, VN Indijanapolisa na granpri konfiguraciji staze)

 

13. maj, nedelja, Dan majki: Praznik, staza i padok su zatvoreni.

 

14. maj, ponedeljak: Otvara se padok, timovi rade na konverziji bolida sa konfiguracije za "redovne" staze na konfiguraciju za ovale.

 

15. maj, utorak: Prvi dan treninga i ruki orjentacija. Pre nego sto im se dozvoli ucesce u programu Meseca Maja, rukiji moraju da poloze orjentaciju iz tri faze voznje odredjenog broja krugova u zadatom opsegu brzina, svaku narednu brzu od prethodne, pri cemo se posmatraju putanje koje voze kroz krivine. Svrha ovoga je da vozaci potvrde da nece biti opasnost po sebe i ostale na stazi.

 

16. maj, sreda, drugi dan treninga: Tokom treninga u Mesecu Maju staza je otvorena od 11 prepodne do 6 predvece, vozaci imaju neogranicen broj krugova za trening, sto teoretski znaci da svaki dan mogu da izvezu vise od dve kompletne trke (u praksi naravno daleko manje od toga). Poslednji sat treninga svakog dana je tzv. "hepi aur" kada zalazece sunce baci stazu u senku, temperature se spustaju a nivo prianjanja i prosecne brzine rastu.

 

17. maj, cetvrtak, treci dan treninga: Vozaci i timovi nastavljaju da rade na setapu, testiraju ponasanje bolida u uslovima za trku kada je puno bolida na stazi, i tako to.

 

18. maj, petak, cetvrti dan treninga: "Brzi Petak", setapovanje bolida za kvalifikacije. Bust motora se podize na nivo za kvalifikacije, krila skidaju na najminimalniji minimum, bolidi se trimuju za apsolutno maksimalnu mogucu brzinu. U konfiguraciji za kvalifikacije ih je nemoguce voziti duze od par krugova, gume se unistavaju velikom brzinom i bolidi postaju neupravljivi, zato se setapi za trke i za kvalifikacije drasticno razlikuju.

 

19. i 20. maj, kvalifikacije: Prvog dana se odredjuju 33 startera kao i "brzih devet" koji ce dobiti priliku da se kvalifikuju za pol poziciju. Drugog dana se prvo kvalifikuju pozicije 10-33 mesta, a na kraju od 1-9. Prvih 9 dobijaju bodove po semi 9-8-7 i tako do 1.

 

Kvalifikacije za Indi se sastoje od 4 brza kruga (ukupno 10 milja), racuna se ukupno prosecno vreme. Kvalifikacioni pokusaj za Indi sto zbog ludacke brzine bolida potpuno istrimovanih sto zbog guma koje se do kraja 4. kruga prakticno dezintegrisu smatra se za najstresniji deo trkacke karijere vozaca.

 

21. maj, ponedeljak: Stazu preuzimaju Indi Lajt bolidi u pripremi za njihovu trku na 100 milja; Indikar trening 12:30 - 16:00, vracanje na konfiguraciju za trku.

 

25. maj, petak: "Karb Dej", poslednji trening pred trku, 11:00 - 12:00, Indi Lajt trka, Indikar takmicenje za najbrzi pitstop, itd.

 

26. maj, subota: "Dan legendi", parada istorijskih bolida, otvoreni sastanak sa vozacima.

 

28. maj, nedelja: Trka, 102. Indijanapolis 500.


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Posted 25 April 2018 - 12:51

O bolidu:
 

Part of design team behind new 2018 Indycar explains development
Published on Wednesday April 25th 2018

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The striking looks and early success of IndyCar's new car has been a talking point of the 2018 season, and this week's Motorsport Show explores how the design was developed.

IndyCar abandoned expensive, downforce-laden manufacturer aerokits after three years of costly development when Honda attempted to catch up to the leading Chevrolet designs.

Not only did the costs rise out of control, but the racing on track was damaged by cars that proved difficult to follow.

Just one year into the life of the manufacturer designs, IndyCar was already planning its new car and it then worked with series partner Dallara.

Chris Beatty, a UK-based designer, saw the chance to approach IndyCar and influence the looks of the 2018 car and he tells host Peter Windsor how his role evolved.

"I managed to get involved with Stefan Wilson after his brother's accident at Pocono," he said.

"The next day he had a meeting with IndyCar's safety department and Jeff Horton, who is heading up IndyCar's windscreen programme.

"Jeff got in touch with me and said 'can we look at doing some concept work on the windscreen?' So I worked with him to produce concepts that went off to PPG [producer of the windscreen's materials] to really work out what could and could not be done.

"That project finished two years ago in terms of my involvement with it.

"I heard the 2018 project was coming up and asked Jeff if I could have the contact of the person heading it up and it was Tino Belli, the director of aerodynamics at IndyCar.

"I wrote to him 'I want to get on this project, it's perfect, and it's something I can help with'. The response was 'it's an aero and engineering project' and I thought 'OK, I've given it a fair crack'.

"About a month later I got an email back that had the concept as it was at that time with Tino and Jeff really asking what I thought of it as a casual observer."

Beatty continued to work with IndyCar on the new car's development and believes that it's change of direction has already proven successful on the track.

The designer points to statistics such as the following distance between cars halving this year due to the reduction in turbulence air.

He also added that the season-opening St Petersburg race had 110 passes between the top 10, with 11 of those becoming lead changes.


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Testing this week kicks off true month of May at Indy
By Mark Robinson | Published: Apr 29, 2018

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It’s almost like “Back to the Future” this week at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, as the roar of engines racing around the hallowed oval will usher in the month of May.

A Verizon IndyCar Series open test for all full-season veteran drivers – and a certain three-time Indianapolis 500 winner returning to the sport for May – is set for Monday. It will be followed on Tuesday by a day set aside for Indy 500 rookie orientation and refresher testing for veterans out of an Indy car for at least a year. Wednesday is reserved for manufacturers Chevrolet and Honda to test with a select number of drivers.

The April 30-May 2 testing dates rekindle memories of days gone by at IMS, to a time when the track opened for practice on May 1 and the race ran on May 30 for a true “Thirty Days in May.” As fond as those recollections may be for those with a historic perspective, the drivers participating in the testing this week are more concerned with the here and now.

For most of those testing, it will be the first opportunity to drive the 2018 Indy car with its universal aero kit at IMS in preparation for the 102nd Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil on Sunday, May 27 (11 a.m. ET, ABC and Advance Auto Parts INDYCAR Radio Network).

Among the eager to turn a wheel is Andretti Autosport’s Alexander Rossi, who won “The Greatest Spectacle in Racing” as a rookie two years ago.

“It’s a whole new car, so there’s a massive test list that we’re going to try and get through,” Rossi said. “I think it’s just about finding the things that are good and the things that are bad, and the things that will carry over from years past.

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“It’s no secret that we’ve had really good cars there, so I think everyone on the team is a little bit apprehensive about if it’s all going to translate.”

Andretti Autosport has fielded three of the last four Indy 500 winners in Ryan Hunter-Reay (2014), Rossi (2016) and Takuma Sato (2017). As Rossi admitted, though, that was with the previous generation car.

James Hinchcliffe sat on the Indy 500 pole in 2016 but, like Rossi, isn’t certain if past heroics guarantee future success. The Schmidt Peterson Motorsports driver is glad he’ll have three teammates for the race, with full-season rookie Robert Wickens joined by one-off driver Jay Howard and part-time series driver Jack Harvey (in a collaboration with Meyer Shank Racing) in the SPM stable.

“It’s so new for everybody,” Hinchcliffe said of the new car. “We’re all starting from scratch, we’re all starting from ground zero.

“For us, (the testing) is just to log miles. We’ve got four cars in the race this year, which is a first for us. I think it’s a great year to have four cars because of all the extra data that we can gather with the new car. Ultimately just learn as much as we can. We’ve had a lot of really bad tests this year that we turned into really solid race weekends. We’re hoping to have a good test that we turn into an even better race weekend.”

Like SPM, Team Penske is upping its ante to four cars for the month. Helio Castroneves seeks to join one of the most elite groups in all of sports if he can win May 27 and join legends A.J. Foyt, Al Unser and Rick Mears as the only four-time winners of the event. Castroneves – who will also race in the INDYCAR Grand Prix on the IMS road course on Saturday, May 12 (3:30 p.m., ABC and Advance Auto Parts INDYCAR Radio Network) – will test with the full-season veterans on Monday.

Tuesday’s rookie orientation and veteran refresher features the return to INDYCAR of Danica Patrick. The first woman to lead the Indianapolis 500 and the highest female finisher in race history is closing her groundbreaking career at this year’s race, driving the No. 13 GoDaddy Chevrolet for Ed Carpenter Racing. Patrick is also scheduled to see track time during Wednesday’s manufacturer test day.

Monday’s open test and Tuesday’s rookie/refresher day both run from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and will stream live on RaceControl.IndyCar.com and the INDYCAR YouTube channel (youtube.com/indycar). Kevin Lee and Dave Furst will call the action from the broadcast booth, with Jake Query and Katie Hargitt reporting in pit lane.

There will be no stream of Wednesday’s manufacturer test (9 a.m.-5 p.m.) but all three days are open free to the public, with viewing locations at the IMS Museum parking lot, Turn 2 viewing mounds and South Terrace grandstands.


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Kanaan fastest in the afternoon at Indy Open Test

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By: Robin Miller


Tony Kanaan was fastest in both categories Monday afternoon at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. He went 226.181 mph with a tow and 223.240mph unassisted in the ABC Supply Chevrolet during the four-hour practice period.

On a gorgeous day, Honda led the morning session and Chevrolet took charge in the afternoon as 21 cars posted speeds in IndyCar’s open test.But Kanaan, who figures to be one of the contenders next month, was happy and surprised with his quick start for A.J. Foyt’s team.

“It was a good day and I didn’t expect to be on top; we were just trying to learn as much as possible about this new car,” sad the 2013 Indy 500 winner. “I tried to do a no-tow lap because that’s what counts, and you don’t have any tow when you’re qualifying. And I like that we were fast with a tow.”

Kanaan was the only driver over 226, but Simon Pagenaud was close behind at 225.90 mph in the Team Penske Chevy. “It was a good day, but we have so much to learn about this new aero kit,” he said.

Marco Andretti, quickest in the morning session, checked in as the fastest Honda again and third quick overall with a lap of 225.67mph. Gabby Chaves remained in the top five in both sessions and turned 225.63 mph in the Harding Chevy during the afternoon runs, while Scott Dixon ran 225.48mph in the Chip Ganassi Racing Honda.

Sebastien Bourdais, returning to IMS after last year’s nasty accident in qualifying, got right back in the groove and was sixth best overall with a lap of 225.3mph.


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