SPEEDWAY, IN (Pittsburgh Racing Now) – The calendar has flipped to 2020 and the NTT IndyCar Series is gearing up for Pre-season testing and the season-opening Grand Prix of St. Petersburg, which is just over 2-months away.
Recapping the off-season changes must start with the change at top of the IndyCar Series and the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
In other off-season IndyCar News:
- Conor Daly is joining Ed Carpenter Racing, taking over on the road courses for the owner-driver, who will run the ovals and field three cars at the Indy 500.
- DragonSpeed Racing announced plans to run a six-race IndyCar program in 2020 beginning at the Grand Prix of St. Petersburg with Ben Hanley in the cockpit for the season-opener.
- Sebastien Bourdais and Dale Coyne Racing have parted ways with Spaniard Alex Palou joining the team in a partnership with Kazumichi Goh.
- Craig Hampson, the veteran engineer who worked with Bourdais at Coyne and at Newman Haas Racing, left Dale Coyne Racing to join Arrow McLaren SP.
- XPEL joins Josef Newgarden and Team Penske as primary sponsor of the No. 1 Dallara Chevrolet for two races in 2020.
- SuperCars Champion Scott McLaughlin tested a Team Penske IndyCar at Sebring International Raceway as several teams tested on the permanent road course.
- IndyCar is tweaking several rules according to RACER:
- Revising the rule prohibiting teams from working on damaged race cars during a red flag condition, adding expulsion if a team is found in violation.
- Revising the track limits at Circuit of The Americas’ Turn 19, installing a timing line at the exit of the high-speed corner to force drivers to stay inside the curbing.
- Revising the “Push-to-pass” system to remove the ability for teams to track its use during the race. No changes to the amount of horsepower boost, 40hp.
- Expanding the two-stage pit speed limiter used at Texas to the remaining overall on the schedule.
The NTT IndyCar Season kicks off March 13-15 with the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg. Tickets are available at www.gpstpete.com.