Reigning Verizon IndyCar Series champion Will Power is looking forward to the start of the 2015 season this weekend, telling The Detroit Free Press the series will now be “insanely fast,” as it enters its “aero kit era.”
Power, who will be racing for Team Penske and Chevrolet once again this year, told the Free Press the cars will be “really quick,” compared to last year’s cars and the cornering g-forces “are going to be huge as well.” Both the Honda and Chevy-branded Dallara DW12 cars will produce more down force this year thanks to the additional wings, flaps and vents added by the aero kits.
“With the more efficient aero body kit, we are going to be faster at Indy, for sure,” Power told the Free Press. “By Indianapolis in May, we should be able to even do more with the kits. I expect we’ll be well over 233 (mph) in practice.”
The new aero kits mean lap records could be broken this year, including at the Belle Isle Grand Prix. Speed records at the Indianapolis 500 may be “knocking on the door,” of Arie Luyendyk’s 236 mph qualifying record, but Power believes the 1996 record will be safe until at least 2016.
The faster, more extreme Verizon IndyCar series kick off this weekend wit the Firestone Grand Prix in St. Petersburg.