Jan 12

INDYCAR drivers learning to adapt to new car’s characteristics

As Ryan Hunter-Reay put it when asked to describe the car: “It’s alive.”

Marco AndrettiAs drivers sped through a quick right-left portion of the club course Wednesday at Sebring International Raceway, their hands were notably busy as they got back into the throttle.

Occasionally they made sudden corrections. Sometimes they slid to the right on the exit of the left-hand corner. More than once, they kicked up dirt as they used all of the exit and drifted off the pavement.

The overall theme derived from that portion of the track? The drivers best able to adapt quickly to the changes brought from a new universal aero kit will be the ones who win races.

Welcome to what is bound to be an eventful 2018 Verizon IndyCar Series season. The introduction of the kit has changed everything for drivers. The car is lighter on downforce, especially in the rear end, making cornering, braking and throttle control more difficult – and more essential to success.

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source:  Indycar.com