Barber Park will again be the site for Spring Training, but there are a number of significant changes to IndyCar’s testing procedures. (LAT photo)
The IndyCar Series has streamlined its testing procedures for 2014, consolidating the types of testing allowed by a team through the final event next season.
18 total days of testing have been granted per team, spread across engine manufacturer tests, team tests, open tests, and full scale wind tunnel tests. The rules governing testing after the 2012 season had been completed through the end of the 2013 championship specified the exact number of days allowed for most of the five types of testing listed above, but loopholes could be exploited in some areas. Although team-based testing had strict guidelines, teams being selected to partake in manufacturer tests could extend their total number of test days.It also left open the possibility for preferential treatment to certain teams during manufacturer tests, and the same was true during tire tests.
A new restriction on manufacturer tests has been put in place (5), and a limit of 10,000 engine miles has been established for each team across their 18 test days. Teams using a development engine during manufacturer test days will not have that mileage count towards the 10,000-mile limit.
Simply put, other than the ?free? miles conducted in a car nominated for manufacturer engine testing, teams have 10,000 miles of engine life to use across all of their cars and 18 total days to use them.
?What’s significant about the revised test rules, is that Derrick [Walker] has clearly defined the total number of days to encompass all forms of testing, rather than allowing exceptions or favorites ” it’s now legitimately the same for everyone,” Ganassi Racing managing director Mike Hull told RACER. “It reduces the administrative nature of the previous system while reflective of his push to help us devote our collective time committed to more important agenda items together to improve our product.?
IndyCar also revealed the site of its Spring Training event, which will once again be conducted over two days at Alabama’s Barber Motorsports Park on March 17-18. One open test day on the revised Indy road course has been set for April 30, and one on the Fontana oval on Aug. 27.
In terms of timing, the Barber event takes place less than two weeks ahead of the season opener at St. Petersburg on March 30, the Indy road course test falls in a similar window before the race on May 10 and the Fontana test is packaged just days before the Aug. 30 season finale.
- Full Size Wind Tunnel Tests are restricted to four 12-hour periods with a maximum of 12 hours within any 24-hour period
- Two additional team test days will be allotted for rookies or refresher tests
- Two additional team test days will be allotted for testing a current Indy Lights driver
- New IndyCar teams will be granted an extra four days of testing during the off-season
- In addition to the tracks on the 2014 IndyCar schedule, the following road courses have been approved for testing: Circuit of The Americas, Homestead Miami Speedway, Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course, Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, Palm Beach International Raceway, Portland International Raceway, Road America, Sebring International Raceway, Watkins Glen International
- In addition to the tracks on the 2014 IndyCar schedule, the following oval tracks have been approved for testing: Chicagoland Speedway, Homestead Miami Speedway, Kansas Speedway, Kentucky Speedway, Michigan International Speedway, Nashville Superspeedway, New Hampshire Motor Speedway, Phoenix International Raceway, Richmond International Raceway
- The following blackout dates for have been established for independent team testing:
November 25, 2013 to December 2, 2013, December 21, 2013 to January 6, 2014, January 13-15, 2014 (Indy Forum), March 17-18, 2014 (Spring Training), May 1-26, 2014 (Indy), August 31-September 15, 2014 (Post Season), November 26-30, 2014, December 22, 2014 to January 5, 2015