Nearly three weeks after Chevrolet pulled the covers on their aero kit design, Honda took center stage in Los Angeles on Monday night to unveil their design for the upcoming Verizon IndyCar season. It was worth the wait.
HPD Vice President Steve Eriksen said that the aero kit involved massive effort by all parties involved in the project. He stated that they had six days total of testing the prototype components. They used Andretti Autosport drivers Ryan Hunter-Reay, Marco Andretti, and Carlos Munoz to do their testing. Below is a short video from Honda on the new design.
Eriksen said despite all of the added wings, their entire focus is the Indy 500. “We focus on the Indy 500 as our number one goal. Everything else, once you establish what is best for the Indy 500, then other things come along after that.” Hunter-Reay, the defending Indy 500 winner, was in town for the event, which showcased his DHL sponsored No. 28 car with the new Honda aero kit.
The Honda cars will look like this for most of the races this season, but the oval package will be revealed during a test at Indianapolis Motor Speedway on May 3. In the Honda video above, you can see a few quick glimpses of what appears to be the oval configuration. The rear wing is very low, and the front wing looks to be much simpler.
The 2012 Series Champion spent a few minutes with Racer Magazine’s Marshall Pruett to discuss the aero kit package.
A number of teams will be testing at NOLA Motorsports Park this Saturday, March 14. IndyCar’s Spring Training session will take place the following Monday and Tuesday (3/16, 3/17) at Barber Motorsports Park. There could be one more testing opportunity before the season begins, at Sebring International Raceway, which would take place after the Twelve Hours of Sebring that runs on March 21. The 2015 Verizon IndyCar Season begins March 27-29 on the streets of St Petersburg.
More photos of the aero kit design can be seen in the slideshow below.