News: 2018 Cars Test at Iowa

Another week, another successful test for the new Verizon IndyCar Dallara that we will see in 2018.

The third of four tests continues the streak of successful tests carried about by Oriol Seriva / Schmidt Peterson Motorsports / Honda and Juan Pablo Montoya / Team Penske / Chevrolet. The test at Iowa served as the short oval test. The final test will be at Sebring International Raceway on September 26th, which will serve as the street course test.

Montoya leads Servia (Photo from @IowaSpeedway)

The test carried out at Iowa saw the new IndyCars adorn similar body kits as we see on the road course cars, though both drivers admitted that the downforce levels compared to the current cars will increase the entertainment on the short ovals.

Let's look at some of the quotes from the driver, as they both had a chance to debrief with

Oriol Servia 

[On the car] "(The Car) was very consistent, especially if we end up going on the lower downforce package. You have to drive it, which is fun. You have to lift and you're still doing the same lap speed (compared to having more downforce), which is interesting. Exact same lap speed."

[On running in traffic] "I was able to run a decent distance behind Juan Pablo, and the car just loses a little bit of grip but with a four-tire kind of slide. It's not like the front loses a lot of grip or the rear loses a lot, which is the problem with the current car."

Juan Pablo Montoya

[On downforce] "When you run wide open (2018 kit with higher downforce), the thing is like 7 mph difference between the corners and the straight. The other one (2018 kit with lower downforce) is like 20 mph difference, so you get to see acceleration out of the corners and I think it's going to create better."

[On the car] "The new 2018 car seems really good. I think looking to the future with this is pretty exciting."

My Opinion

Another test, another success. Man I cannot wait for 2018. These guys are making this car sound like sliced bread. Credit to everyone involved for making this car happen.

Thanks for reading!

-Matthew Hickey