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Report: Scott Dixon believes aero kits were ‘unneeded’ in 2015

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You would think Scott Dixon doesn’t have much to complain about from 2015. He won three races (Long Beach, Texas and Sonoma) on the way to earning his fourth Verizon IndyCar Series title and he surpassed 250 career starts, almost all of them with Chip Ganassi Racing.

But in an interview with FOX Sports, Dixon wasn’t a fan of one aspect of the 2015 season: the new aero kits.

“My opinion is the aero kits were very unneeded,” Dixon said. “In some areas I think it made the racing slightly worse.”

It may have felt worse in the cockpit and to those watching in the stands and from home. But Chevrolet, which powers Ganassi cars, won 10 of the season’s 16 races, and lost out to Honda in four of the last six.

“Behind cars, the dirty air was much worse,” Dixon said. “It was hard to get close on road courses.

“We have a fantastic sport right now and before the aero kit we had fantastic racing. We still have fantastic racing but it was a little bit better a couple of years back.

“However long this evolution goes on with the aero kits I think the money could be spent in better areas.”

But more money will continue to be spent on aero kits, especially in the Honda camp, which was allowed by IndyCar to improve its package in the offseason after IndyCar found in analysis that it had an inferior kit to Chevrolet.

That comes even when Honda hasn’t officially renewed its deal with IndyCar for 2016.

“It’s hard to know but I think IndyCar did as much as it could to fully understand the aero kits so that it wasn’t too one-sided,” Dixon said.

“But they have to be very careful. If it’s a whitewash by Honda [this year] there will be some big problems down the road.”

We will begin to see pros and cons of Honda’s improvements with the season opener in the March 13 Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg.

IndyCar teams with NASCAR on IMS road course doubleheader in 2021

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The NTT IndyCar Series will be sharing Indianapolis Motor Speedway with the NASCAR Cup Series in a race weekend doubleheader for the second consecutive season, but both series will be on the road course in August 2021.

IMS announced Wednesday that IndyCar will hold an Aug. 14, 2021 race on its 14-turn, 2.439-mile road course. It’ll be a day before NASCAR’s premier series runs the same layout for the first time after the Brickyard 400 was contested on the 2.5-mile oval for the first time in 27 years.

This season’s rescheduling of the IndyCar GMR Grand Prix to July 4, 2019 (a day before the Brickyard 400) led to the first NASCAR-IndyCar doubleheader weekend. The Xfinity Series also raced on the IMS road course for the first time July 4 after the IndyCar race ended.

INDYCAR AT IMS THIS WEEKEND: Harvest GP schedule, entry lists

IndyCar will be holding its second race weekend this year at the IMS road course Friday and Saturday with the Harvest GP.

“Our first NASCAR-INDYCAR weekend was a big success last July, with positive feedback from
our loyal fans who watched the races on NBC and from the drivers, teams and participants
involved,” IMS president Douglas Boles said in a statement. “The Xfinity Series’ debut on the IMS road course provided exactly the kind of thrilling action from the green to checkered flags that we anticipated, so we know the teams and drivers of the Cup Series will put on a great show as they turn left and right for the first time at IMS.

“We can’t wait to welcome back fans to see NASCAR and INDYCAR together during this
exciting weekend as we add another memorable chapter in the long, storied history of the
Indianapolis Motor Speedway.”

It also will mark the first NASCAR Cup-IndyCar doubleheader with a crowd as fans weren’t permitted at IMS in July because of the novel coronvavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

Over the course of Wednesday, NASCAR is releasing its 36-race slate for next season. IndyCar has yet to release its full 2021 schedule.