The 2015 season is the beginning of a bold new era for US open-wheel racing. Brand-new cars will fight out the Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires series, battling for honours on the final step of the Mazda Road to Indy ladder, as the drivers vie for recognition that would promote them to the holy grail of North American racing: a career in the Verizon IndyCar Series.
Out has gone the old-faithful Dallara Indy Lights chassis, which served for 13 years, replaced by the Dallara IL-15, a state-of-the-art car built to the latest IndyCar and FIA safety standards, powered by the turbocharged, 450bhp, AER-built Mazda MZR-R engine, which offers another 50bhp when the push-to-pass is used, and sporting a paddle-shift gearbox.
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