IZOD IndyCar Series manufacturer and team off-season, preseason and in-season private testing through the Oct. 19, 2013, season finale at Auto Club Speedway has been significantly reduced, the sanctioning body announced.
“In the interest of continued cost containment and with the support of the majority of the partners involved, testing is being reined in after the initial development of the new car,” said IndyCar vice president of technology Will Phillips. “We’re recovering from the cost of re-capitalizing the whole field and testing can be the most expensive part of a team’s program.”
Engine manufacturer preseason testing in 2012 had been unlimited as Chevrolet, Honda and Lotus prepared their 2.2-liter turbocharged V6 engines for the 2012 season on the most diverse set of racetracks in motorsports. Full-season entrants are allocated a maximum of 10,000 miles per calendar year for use in all team tests, Open Tests and race events. Excluding manufacturer test days, no full-season entrant has topped 9,000 total miles this year. Scott Dixon, driving the Honda-powered No. 9 Target Chip Ganassi Racing car, has a series-high 19 test days. The team has two additional test days scheduled (October 11 at Milwaukee and October 29 at Barber).
Costs of a single test day—factoring in track rental, travel, lodging/food and per-lap expenditures (tires, engine, fuel, mechanical wear and tear)—quickly add up to $30,000 to $50,000.
Approved engine manufacturer testing:
Approved team testing:
Open Tests: These tests, which supplement private test days, are scheduled during the race week at Barber Motorsports Park in early April, at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in early August, and at Sonoma Raceway in late August. Additionally, an Open Test is scheduled for the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in April. Dates and times will be announced at a later date, as will a preseason Open Test venue.
New teams, drivers:
Also new for the 2013 calendar year: