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IndyCar Tests New Car And Aero-Kit At IMS

Oriol Servia calls the new design "sexy" and adds it will be faster and safer

INDIANAPOLIS, IN -- Fans got a first look at a new era in IndyCar today at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. 

Testing took place at the track for the newest design of the car that is planned to be used in the 2018 Verizon IndyCar Series season. The cars were tested by drivers Juan Pablo Montoya and Oriol Servia. Montoya tested a Chevrolet-configured aero-kit provided by Team Penske, and Servia a Honda-configured aero-kit provided by Schmidt-Peterson.

IndyCar president of competition and operations Jay Frye says that it's thanks to fans like you for bringing the new design to this point.

"The process started a year ago April, and we took the input of our fans, drivers, teams, manufacturers, partners - everyone shares in this," Frye said. "There is a historical component to this design, and it comes with a very forward look and all the latest components. We couldn't be more excited to get this car on the track."

The drivers turned several laps around IMS in order to get a feel for the car. Oriol Servia says that he likes the new car much better than the current car.

"One thing I really like is that it does not have the rear tire pods," Servia continued. "We drivers didn't like them because we didn't think it helped much and added more debris in crashes. It just looks sexy. It looks faster and it should be faster so were pretty excited. It also will be a little safer."

Frye says he hopes that the new aero-kits and cars will attract a third engine manufacturer to the series in the next few years to compete with Chevrolet and Honda.

(PHOTO: IndyCar/IMS)

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