There have been a handful of driver announcements, the schedule release and rules updates that have occurred this offseason for the Verizon IndyCar Series. But the greatest volume of news could well come this week at the Performance Racing Industry (PRI) trade show in Indianapolis.
Several panel discussions, Q&As and announcements are expected at the IndyCar booth (#4057) there in Indy. A full list can be found here.
The announcements/insights of note:
Indy Lights engine badging announcement, Thursday, 2 p.m. ET
I’ll admit a bit of surprise when I saw this one pop up on the PRI website, because most indications since the new Dallara IL15 chassis was revealed this May along with engine partner AER was that AER would remain the badge.
This announcement could potentially change that, as Dan Andersen, head of Andersen Promotions, along with INDYCAR’s Brian Barnhart and an engine manufacturer rep TBD are listed to attend.
Just last week, the series announced a delay in its official test scheduled for December 16-17 at Palm Beach International Raceway to January, and cited a need for engine production to match the entry demand. These two announcements may not necessarily be related, but the timing of each release is certainly intriguing.
The Women of Racing panel, Friday, 11 a.m. ET
This will be a chance to hear from four women who have made an impact on the sport. Sarah Fisher, CFH Racing team owner, Pippa Mann, IndyCar driver, Anna Chatten, INDYCAR mechanic/pit crew member and Kate Gundlach, Chip Ganassi Racing Engineer, will be on the panel.
Project 100, Thursday, 4 p.m. ET
Much as the track centennial celebration at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway spanned three years from 2009 to 2011, “Project 100” discussion will probably occur for a lot of 2015 and into 2016, when the 100th Indianapolis 500 will occur. An update from track president Doug Boles on the direction, progress, goals, of ‘Project 100’ and the impact it will have on the historic 2.5-mile race course will follow.
IndyCar Twitter chat with Will Phillips, series VP of technology, Saturday, TBD
Wrapped under the veil of secrecy, with both Chevrolet and Honda extremely tight-lipped over their aero kit developments, we could get some insights on what’s going on in IndyCar’s technical department in a Twitter Q&A with series’ vp of technology Will Phillips. A time is TBD; we figure IndyCar will tease it plenty once a time is determined.