INDYCAR officials released cost numbers about the 2018 universal aero kits last week, confirming that the cost of aero kits will be reduced.
According to INDYCAR, each full season entrant will receive a pair of aero kits at no cost. Given that each aero kit carries a price tag of $90,000, that’s a savings of $180,000 off the bat.
Further, the cost of the aero kits will be locked in through the 2020 IndyCar season and each team has been provided guidelines to convert their current Dallara IR-12 chassis (also known as the DW12) to the newer specs.
The reduction in costs comes as a result of efforts from INDYCAR, Chevrolet, and Honda, as well as a grant from the Indiana Economic Development Corporation. Jay Frye, president of competition and operations for INDYCAR, expressed that cost reduction was a big priority of the aero package.
“When INDYCAR undertook the process of creating the universal kit that makes our cars sleeker, safer and racier, we also worked hard to make sure it would be cost effective to our teams,” Frye said of the cost reductions.
While all Verizon IndyCar Series teams are scheduled to receive their aero kits this month, team testing begins after the new year in January.
Juncos Racing continued to bolster its entries in the Pro Mazda Championship Presented by Cooper Tires by signing Carlos Cunha to pilot a third Juncos Pro Mazda entry for 2018. Cunha, who finished third in the 2017 Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship Powered by Mazda season on the back of seven podium finishes, joins Rinus VeeKay and Robert Megennis in Juncos’ Pro Mazda lineup for 2018.
Cunha previously tested with the team at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in October and joined Juncos for the Chris Griffis Memorial test at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in November, testing cars for both the Pro Mazda and Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires teams.
“It’s great to become a part of Juncos Racing,” said the 18-year-old Cunha. “I am really excited to start the 2018 season with Juncos Racing. This fall we did some testing together and from there I was able to see how focused everyone on the team is and I even felt like I became a part of their family in no time. I am confident we will get great results together next year and I look forward to learning and growing more with the team. It will be a huge pleasure and also a great responsibility to carry the number one on my car, thanks to (2017 Pro Mazda champion Victor Franzoni) and I hope to deliver it back to the team at the end of the year!”
Team owner Ricardo Juncos added, “We are excited to add Carlos to our Pro Mazda lineup. From the moment we started testing with him in early October, we knew he would be a great fit for our team. Carlos has been very quick in testing and even had an impressive showing in the Indy Lights car at the Chris Griffis test back in October. He had a great run this past season in the Pro Mazda series and we are confident he will carry that momentum into the 2018 season.”