Renderings of Dallara’s new Indy Lights machine revealed

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Less than a month after Dallara was charged with creating the next-generation Indy Lights machine, Andersen Promotions has released renderings of the IL-15, a joint effort between the chassis maker’s Italian headquarters and American effort in Speedway, Indiana.

In preparation for the transition to the IL-15 in 2015, updates to the current Lights chassis – which has been in service since 2002 – will be added next year.

“The new Indy Lights Dallara IL-15 will be built to the highest safety and reliability standards that Dallara is known for and offer a modern stylish appearance that we know our drivers and fans will love,” Dan Andersen, owner and CEO of Andersen Promotions, said in a statement.

“We’ve been working with Dallara to present a car that will perform well, provide the proper training required for drivers in our series as the final step on the Mazda Road to Indy ladder and still be exciting to look at. We believe the designers have accomplished all of our goals. Seeing it on the track next August in testing cannot come soon enough for us.”

Compared to its bigger “brother,” the IndyCar Series’ DW-12, the renderings of the IL-15 foreshadow a relatively cleaner look. Most noticeable are the absence of rear wheel guards and side impact guards currently seen on the DW-12, as well as a roll hoop that looks a bit different.

Dallara CEO Andrea Pontremoli said that many innovations from the IndyCar Series such as driver protection devices and paddle-shifting will be carried over to the IL-15.

“Styling targets have been achieved so far, and we can’t wait to start working together with all the other partners involved in the project,” he said. “We will soon be ready to provide a modern, safe, reliable and stylish race car…We can’t tell how excited we feel about this new cooperation, and we look forward to testing the brand-new car on the racetracks next year.”

An engine partner for the new Indy Lights machine will be revealed at a later date. Additionally, partnerships have been confirmed with Cosworth on the electronics side and Performance Friction for brakes.

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Photo Credit: Andersen Promotions/Dallara

Josef Newgarden wins pole for Grand Prix of Alabama

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With time running off the clock, Josef Newgarden lapped Barber Motorsports Park with a speed of 122.773 mph to win his third career pole and first on this track in the Grand Prix of Alabama.

Newgarden was .0128 seconds faster than teammate Scott Dixon in second.

Newgarden has two previous wins at Barber. He won last year’s edition of this race after starting seventh and in 2015 from fifth.

“I didn’t know if that was going to be enough,” Newgarden said after winning the pole.

“Team Chevy has done a good job,” Newgarden said. “They’ve really given us good power this weekend – good driveability. We’re going to need some fuel mileage tomorrow, which I think we’ll have. But it’s going to get mixed up with the rain.”

Dixon’s lap of 122.750 mph was not quite enough.

“I’m sure you could pick out a number of different things on a lap when it’s that close,” Power said about what made the slight difference between him and Newgarden. “A little mistake out of 9; a little lift here or there.”

Sebastien Bourdais (122.605 mph) qualified third, with Ryan Hunter-Reay (122.159) and James Hinchliffe (121.859) rounding out the top five.

Scott Dixon was the last driver in the top six.

Fast 12

Newgarden topped this chart with a speed of 123.475 mph.

He brought Power, James Hinchcliffe, Scott Dixon, Ryan Hunter-Reay, and Sebastien Bourdais along with him to the Fast 6.

Marco Andretti (122.480), Alexander Rossi (122.216), Simon Pagenaud (122.050), Robert Wickens (122.042), Zach Veach (121.784) and Ed Jones (120.984) failed to advance.

Round 1, Group 1

Newgarden posted the fastest single lap in round one, group one of qualification for the Grand Prix of Alabama with a speed of 122.550 mph.

Hunter-Reay, Hinchcliffe, Wickens, and Andretti also advance to the fast 12.

Taking the final slot was Jones with a speed of 119.835 mph after an off-course excursion in final practice.

This was Andretti’s first advancement to the fast 12 for the first time since 2014.

Round 1, Group 2

Power had the fastest lap of 121.570 mph.

Bourdais, Veach (who is battling food poisoning-like symptoms), Rossi, and Pagenaud grabbed positions 2-4.

Scott Dixon had an uncharacteristically slow lap of 121.006, but managed to advance to the fast 12 when the session was red-flagged for an incident involving Tony Kanaan.

With three minutes remaining, Kanaan spun into the tire barriers while leaving pit road. Since he brought out the red flag, he lost his qualification time of 119.996 mph.

Takuma Sato had slipped off-course midway through the session and posted only the Ninth-fastest speed of 120.789 mph.