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March 11, 2015

Refreshed Looking IndyCars Ready to Go!

Filed under: The Disciple Blogs — Disciple of INDYCAR @ 6:14 pm

ChevyFor some reason people have been asking me what I think of the new Chevy and Honda aero kits. Why? It is too early to proclaim anything. They are different, and that is one of the things for which fans have been clamoring. I believe it is wise to wait until we can see them in action on the track.

HondaInitial fear? The expense involved with replacing pieces dislodged by contact. A team that goes through three per race will have to budget an additional $4 million. But let us all wait and see. Leave the doomsday commentary along the Internet to the idiots who would complain if they were hung with new rope.

Meantime, good job Chevy and Honda for thinking way outside the box.

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5 Comments »

  1. I’m inclined to agree with your initial fear, but for a different reason: Aside from the cost of replacement for all these “aero wingdings,” I foresee a whole lot of flattened Firestones from the razor sharp pieces of carbon fiber. One hard contact to the front and I see splinters everywhere.

    Comment by SkipinSC — March 11, 2015 @ 7:33 pm | Reply

  2. Wouldn’t even take a HARD contact with the wall, SkipinSC–with all that bodywork, it could be like an exploding bomb, right into the faces of those cars behind. But, like D. suggested, let’s give everyone the benefit of the doubt. Maybe those kits are sturdier than they seem.

    Comment by DOUG — March 12, 2015 @ 1:41 pm | Reply

  3. It’s just lipstick on a pig. Lost in this to almost everyone is that underneath it is still the same poorly designed SPEC chassis.
    Editor’s Note: Hmmm. Oddly, about 100% of the actual participants in the sport tend to disagree. So we fans are left to decide who to believe? The actual operators of the cars or some kid with a fake name on an internet blog comment section. Tough choice. LOL. Also another smart move might be to withhold condemnation until we all get to see them actually running on a track.

    Comment by Willy Pheistergache — March 12, 2015 @ 7:30 pm | Reply

  4. Unattractive, underpowered, over-aeroed spec cars just got more unattractive and over-aeroed. Won’t do anything positive for the series, unless you have the repair concession.
    Editor’s Note: As an adult racing fan I am withholding complete judgement until I see them on the track in actual action. Still photographs only go so far and the cars as a whole look better in person. Also intriguing will be how teams choose to use the kits; i.e., all in or selected pieces. Again, we will have to wait until they get on track to determine whether there will be a carbon fiber shower or two. One of the funnier aspects of the usual hysteria on the Internet is that many of the chronic complainers liken the aero-kitted IndyCars to recent vintage F1 aero components yet still decry the IndyCar because, well, either it’s ‘spec’ or it’s IndyCar and not some 20 year old pancake profile Reynard. So instead of being adults and concentrating on things they do like, they act like four year olds about things they don’t. The hypocrisy is utterly creepy. But I digress. I’ll see them turning wheels pretty soon, then can intelligently offer an opinion one way or the other. I will say that the photographs are not as jarring as when they were released.

    Comment by Felix Chevrolet — March 15, 2015 @ 8:49 pm | Reply

    • I’ll see them in St. Pete, where free tickets for practice and the race are again in plentiful supply.
      Editor’s Note: Hey, me too. Wouldn’t know anything about free tickets though. Not from there. I get credentialed but typically by a GA ticket on principle. Should be fun. About the only time it’s not is when it rains.

      Comment by Felix Chevrolet — March 16, 2015 @ 12:37 am | Reply


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