2012 IndyCar chassis makes oval testing debut at Iowa

The 2012 IndyCar made its oval testing debut with two days of running at Iowa Speedway this week

2012 IndyCar chassis makes oval testing debut at Iowa

The next-generation car had completed four road course tests before the Iowa outing. Test driver Dan Wheldon and the Bryan Herta Autosport team carried out the programme once again.

IndyCar's vice-president of technology Will Phillips declared the tests a success.

"I'm very pleased with how it went," said Phillips. "We put in good mileage with no issues at all. We ran all sorts of aero configurations."

Wheldon added: "The tests are very disciplined with everyone involved. We have several different manufacturers here that are testing their products - Honda, Dallara, Xtrac and several more - so this makes for lots of different components that we need to test during our runs.

"Because this is the first test on an oval, there are measurements that have to be done. Things have to be tested and looked at after each given run so it is always good to be doing stuff like this.

"This programme is very rewarding. The people involved in it, Bryan Herta Autosport team, has done a phenomenal job. The car has really evolved from our first test."

In addition to the Honda engine being used at present, the 2012 Dallara will also run with Chevrolet and Lotus power, as IndyCar returns to turbocharged engines as part of its new package. From 2013, alternative aero kits will also be permitted, although a standard Dallara package will be in place for the first season.

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