After months of speculation, it appears Mazda will finally make it official Thursday that it will provide all engines for the 2015 Indy Lights season, according to a report Wednesday by AutoWeek.com.
“Mazda will be the manufacturer that badges Indy Lights engines in 2015,” the AutoWeek report stated. “The news will be confirmed Thursday at the Performance Racing Industry Trade Show in Indianapolis, after official confirmation was expected for months.
“The deal is part of Indy Lights getting a much-needed equipment package for the 2015 season. Not to mention, it always figured that the Mazda Road to Indy program would be powered at its highest level by Mazda engines, and that’s now going to be the case.”
The new engine is expected to be a 2.0-liter, turbocharged four-cylinder motor that will pump out about 450 horsepower. It will be mated to the Dallara IL-15 chassis that was announced back in May.
“Series owner Dan Andersen said about a half-dozen of the engines have been delivered to teams so far, and there’s an opportunity to test next week at Florida’s Palm Beach International Raceway. A full-series open test is set for next month at the same track,” the AutoWeek.com report stated.
It is expected that as many as 20 teams may take part in the Mazda Indy Lights Series in 2015. AutoWeek.com said that list includes teams such as Andretti, Schmidt, Peterson, Conquest, Belardi, Juncos, Dragon, Fan Force United, Herta, McCormack, Moore and Carlin.
The 2015 Indy Lights Series Presented by Cooper Tires season begins March 30 in St. Petersburg, Florida.
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