The first batch of UAK18 universal aero kits have been delivered to Verizon IndyCar Series teams by Dallara. As of Monday, Nov. 27, each of IndyCar’s eight full-time teams have one UAK18 in their possession, and the full complement of kits needed to outfit the field for the season opener at St. Petersburg is expected to land by Dec. 11.
From IndyCar’s pool of entrants who completed the 2017 championship, teams like Chip Ganassi Racing, Ed Carpenter Racing, Schmidt Peterson Motorsport and Team Penske are among those who’ve already converted one chassis to UAK18 specifications and conducted testing on behalf of Chevy or Honda. Others, like Dale Coyne Racing and Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing, are performing their first installation this week.
Busy day at the DCR shop today. We received our initial delivery of aerokit parts! After unpacking it was on to doing the inventory. pic.twitter.com/H01s7i0MXS
— Dale Coyne Racing (@DaleCoyneRacing) November 28, 2017
The amended delivery timeline is different from IndyCar’s initial plans, which called for 20-plus UAK18s to be received on Nov. 27. According to IndyCar competition president Jay Frye, two more weeks will be required to complete the shipment process.
“We hit our target that each team has one by 11/27, but where we missed our target was in getting one kit out to each entry, but that will be backfilled by the 11th of December,” he told RACER. “As we went through the testing process, there were some changes to a few final components, which slowed things a little bit, but not much, and we should be in good shape to get this first batch out by the 11th.”
Additional UAK18 deliveries for backup cars and Indy-only entries will continue next year. Outside of manufacturer tests, teams will get their first chance to conduct private testing with the low-slung 2018 bodywork starting on Jan. 8.