A familiar name will be supplying the universal bodywork kit for the 2018 Verizon IndyCar Series season as INDYCAR announced Dallara Automobili will manufacture the pieces to fit the current Dallara IR-12 chassis.
Dallara has been connected with open-wheel racing for a number of years, having been the sole chassis supplier since 208 and supplying the chassis used in Indy Lights presented by Cooper Tires since 2015.
“2017 marks the 20th anniversary of our presence in INDYCAR, and it is a great honor for us to continue our partnership with the Verizon IndyCar Series,” said Andrea Pontremoli, Dallara CEO and general manager. “Our main goal for the new aero kit was to work on the style, trying to maintain the American essence of the car and the series keeping a good level of performance and safety.”
Rather than manufacture-based kits, a universal set has been implemented for all teams in 2018 through a collaboration between the series and Dallara, with 3D animal designs being done by Chris Beatty in the United Kingdom.
The process of creating the 2018 car began in April 2016 with INDYCAR setting the criteria. The hand drawings then began in November, and were revealed on January 12 at the North American International Auto Show, followed by 3D graphics released in March and May.
“This has been a collaborative effort from multiple parties, including input from our paddock and fans,” said Jay Frye, INDYCAR president of competition and operations. “Dallara has been a great partner, and we couldn’t be more enthused with the look, the safety enhancements and the performance objectives of the 2018 car.”
The first test for the superspeedway oval configuration will take place on July 25 and 26 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, with the initial road-course test set for August 1 at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course. The sanctioning body has also scheduled tests for Aug. 28 (at Iowa Speedway) and Sept. 26 (at Sebring International Raceway).
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