IndyCar confirms no change to aero kit test regulations

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The Verizon IndyCar Series has confirmed Tuesday there won’t be any changes to the testing regulations for the new aero kits, which are still yet to be publicly revealed.

Per a release out from the sanctioning body today, March 13 will designate the opening of team on-track and wind tunnel testing of the full-size Chevrolet and Honda road/street course and short oval aerodynamic bodywork kits.

That period will kick off what’s expected to be a busy couple weeks of testing for the series. Spring training will be held March 16-17 at Barber Motorsports Park and a promoter test is scheduled for March 27 on the streets of St. Petersburg, site of the season-opening Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg that weekend.

Other in-season promoter tests are scheduled in conjunction with race weekends at NOLA Motorsports Park (April 10), Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course (May 7) and Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course (July 31). Additionally, a promoter test is scheduled for May 3 on the 2.5-mile Indianapolis Motor Speedway oval for the debut of the speedway aero kits.

One other note IndyCar outlined was a benchmark for engine mileage. Per the release:

In light of the scheduled March 8 race cancellation, INDYCAR also updated the designation of the 2015 season start in the Verizon IndyCar Series rulebook to March 6. It provides teams and manufacturers a benchmark for engine mileage allotted to full-season entrants from the start of the 2015 season start to the start of the 2016 season.

An entrant is allotted a maximum of 10,000 miles for use in all team tests, Promoter Tests and race events during that span. Testing mileage accrued through March 5 will come from each entrant’s remaining allocation from the 2014 race season.

Steve Torrence takes NHRA points lead with Gatornationals victory

NHRA Gainesville Steve Torrence
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GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Two-time defending NHRA Top Fuel champion Steve Torrence took the points lead Sunday in the AMALIE Motor Oil Gatornationals, beating his father, Billy, in the final round at Gainesville Raceway.

Torrence had a 3.809-second run at 322.11 mph to win for the third time this year and 39th overall. He is now on track for another championship despite missing the season opener.

“We’ve got some good momentum and to be in the points lead, it’s a testament to how hard these guys work,” Steve Torrence said after the NHRA Gainesville victory. “We’ve just got to stay focused and concentrate on what the task at hand is, and that’s trying to win a championship. These guys give me an unbelievable race car and you just try not to screw it up.”

Ron Capps won in Funny Car, Alex Laughlin in Pro Stock and Matt Smith in Pro Stock Motorcycle.

Capps raced to his second win this year and 66th overall, beating Tim Wilkerson with a 3.937 at 323.12 in a Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat.

Laughlin topped Aaron Stanfield with a 7.068 at 204.76 in a Chevrolet Camaro for his first win this season and fourth in his career. Smith rode to his first victory in 2020 and 25th overall, topping Andrew Hines with a 6.843 at 196.99 on an EBR.