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

Verstappen doesn’t want F1 season to end after recent run of form

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Max Verstappen says he is not ready for the 2017 Formula 1 season to come to an end after enjoying a run of strong form through the closing stages of the campaign.

Verstappen endured a rocky run of form through to the end of the European season that saw him suffer a number of reliability issues and score just a single podium finish, taking third in China back in April.

However, the Dutchman has rallied to score more points than any other driver in the last five races, including victories in Malaysia and Mexico, as well as a podium finish in Japan.

Verstappen heads into next weekend’s Abu Dhabi Grand Prix chasing a third win of the year to sign off, but joked he does not want the season to end just as he’s got into a good groove.

“We will, of course, try and end the season with a strong result in Abu Dhabi,” Verstappen said. “Last year was actually quite a good race after skipping a pit stop following a spin at Turn 1, it was hard to manage the tires to the end of the race but we did it and finished fourth.

“I would say that my favorite part of the track is at Turns 2 and 3, the fast left, right. It’s also very cool driving underneath the hotel and racing in the darkness with all the lights.

“The final sector at Yas Marina is actually quite technical so you have to be really precise there, but it should also be our strongest part of the track.

“There are quite a few overtaking opportunities to make the race interesting, before the long straight at the hairpin and then at the end of the straight under braking for the next chicane section.

“Abu Dhabi is the last race on the calendar, but I don’t actually want the season to end. I’m really fired up at the moment and I just want to keep going.

“The nice thing will be to spend some time with friends and family over the winter break and then I will look ahead to January and get back into training before it all starts again.”