IndyCar announced it has mandated structural upgrades to strengthen designated Honda and Chevrolet bodywork components in advance of this weekend’s inaugural race at NOLA Motorsports Park.
The modifications include the addition of components that will improve the overall strength of the bodywork for both manufacturer entries. The components have been redesigned by each manufacturer and approved by IndyCar for implementation for the balance of this season.
“We applaud both Honda and Chevrolet for their efforts to implement these changes,” said Derrick Walker, IndyCar’s president of competition and operations. “With a quick turnaround from St. Petersburg, our partners were very diligent in making these enhancements in time for this weekend’s event. We will continue this collaboration and expect additional improvements in the future.”
The structural upgrades announced today were implemented to minimize the amount of damage to bodywork components in the event of car-to-car contact, according to the series. Honda Performance Development has updated the front-wing end plate and rear wheel guards, which consists of bonded-in-place panels. Chevrolet has added a flange at the base of the upper wing (the “stalk,” as it’s been called).
“IndyCar delivers a quality racing product and we will always be proactive to implement changes that benefit our fans,” Walker continued. “These upgrades are a good first step that will make immediate improvements to the race this weekend at NOLA Motorsports Park.”