INDYCAR unveils first 2018 car concepts


By Aaron Bearden, Motorsports Editor

As it turns out, INDYCAR’s extension with chassis manufacturer Dallara through 2020 was only the first of two big announcements the company made on Thursday at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit.

The sanctioning body for the Verizon IndyCar Series (VICS) released a group of sketches that show a rough draft of what the Dallara IR12 –the next generation of IndyCar planned for 2018 and beyond– may look like, and though no official announcements regarding their decisions have been announced, the first look is an interesting one.

Upon first glance, the design seems to be a radical step away from the current DW12 chassis, with an open roll hoop more akin to the cars last seen in 2007, and the disappearance of rear pods seen on the current models on the oval edition of the machine.

The current DR12 model has been put on a development freeze for the 2017 season. Teams will field aero kits offered by Chevrolet and Honda for the season’s 17 events.

The drawings shown were completed months ago, and aren’t likely to be what is seen on track, at least not initially in 2018, but they do provide a glimpse into the process that’s going into making the decisions for the next model of IndyCar.

Future updates are expected to be announced in the coming months, with news and perhaps even a display model available for the 101st Running of the Indianapolis 500 in May.

The 2017 VICS season will open on Mar. 12 in St. Petersburg, Fla.

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