Above: Tom German and Graham Rahal
As 2016 Verizon IndyCar Series Simon Pagenaud told RACER on Monday, with the new low-downforce 2018 universal bodywork posing a sizable challenge to master through chassis setups, the effective working relationship between drivers and race engineers will be paramount for achieving success.
For those who’ve worked together for multiple seasons and established a strong rapport, finding the right setups should happen faster than most new combinations who are in the early stages of developing driver-engineer chemistry.
No less than 15 of the drivers who will compete on a part- or full-time basis this year are working with new engineers on the timing stand, and while some have hit it off immediately, other new combos are still searching for a common language.
Thanks to the UAK18 bodywork, you’ll be hearing more about IndyCar race engineers this year than at any point in the series’ recent history, so here’s a guide to use and track their progress throughout the championship.
New teams and driver/engineer combos are highlighted in red.
|A.J. Foyt Racing||
|Andretti Autosport||Ryan Hunter-Reay
|Carlin Racing||Charlie Kimball
|Chip Ganassi Racing||Scott Dixon
|Dale Coyne Racing||Sebastien Bourdais
Zachary Claman De Melo/Pietro Fittipaldi
|Ed Carpenter Racing||Spencer Pigot
|Juncos Racing||Kyle Kaiser||Tom Brown|
|Michael Shank Racing||Jack Harvey||Will Anderson|
|Rahal Letterman Lanigan||Graham Rahal
|Schmidt Peterson Motorsports||James Hinchcliffe
|Team Penske||Josef Newgarden