Honda Argues Aero Changes for Indy 500
In an attempt to prevent cars from getting airborne as a result of spins, IndyCar has changed the aero package for the Indy 500. This is in direct response to three vehicles taking flight during last year’s practice for the running of “The Greatest Spectacle in Racing”. Honda has attempted to argue that the use of a ‘domed skid’ to increase the ride height and reduce downforce will prove to be problematic for the specific aero package that is being used by Honda race teams. Honda has requested to use strakes on the floor of the chassis to help Honda maintain an even playing field with Chevrolet. IndyCar has denied Honda’s request and has elected to move forward with the current aero requirements. Honda’s continued arguing of this issue has led many to believe that the engine manufacturer is attempting to blame IndyCar for poor performance.
Hoda Performance and Development chief Art St Cyr insists that these accusations are unfounded. “We try to keep rules discussions out of the media and we’ve had lots of opportunities to discuss rule changes and quite frankly a lot of them have not been favorable to Honda and we have not spewed them out,” St Cyr recently explained. “Honda’s expectation was that any downforce lost with an underwing element would be replaced on an underwing with a spec Dallara part.” These concerns by Honda come at a time where IndyCar performance and success is being achieved by the competition, leaving Honda with plenty of work to do if they plan on being competitive in 2016.
The Indianapolis 500 takes place over Memorial Day weekend and is considered part of the Triple Crown of Motorsport, which comprises three of the most prestigious motorsports events in the world. Attendance for this year’s running of the Indy 500 is expected to top 300,000 fans with millions of people watching at home.