IndyCar's surprise at how smoothly it has introduced its 2018 car package is a far cry from the ever-increasing dissent that characterised the outgoing manufacturer aerokit era, itself springing from widespread aversion to the IR12 car platform. In short, it's a quick turnaround for the series.
It's already had quantifiable success in terms of attracting interest. Mark Miles, CEO of IndyCar's parent organisation Hulman & Co, pointed out its early victory with the additions of Carlin, Juncos Racing, Harding Racing and Michael Shank Racing - bolstering the grid number by five cars across the season, with the potential for more.
"A sign of growth, and I think the vitality of the series is that we are welcoming four new team owners into the series this year, and these are not folks that are unfamiliar with us," says Miles.