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.