After testing on the road courses at Putnam and Mid-Ohio over the past two weeks, the new Indy Lights car made its debut on an oval on Tuesday. Well, this wasn’t just any oval. It was the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Tristan Vautier strapped into the Dallara IL-15 chassis and took the car out for some laps in less than ideal weather conditions. Vautier was able to get in about 17 laps before rain ended the day.
Conor Daly is slated to test the car on the IMS oval on Thursday, August 14. Vautier and Daly will test the car on the IMS road course on September 5 and 6. The tests are not only for the car, but also for the Cooper tires that the series will be using next season. The weather for Thursday’s test looks much better.
The engine is a 2.0 liter turbocharged AER engine, which produces 450 horsepower. It features a six-speed paddle shift transmission, and also has a push-to-pass button that gives an addition 50 horsepower. Tristan put down some impressive laps when he tested the car at Mid-Ohio. He recorded a lap that was faster than the pole-winning lap for the Indy Lights race there just two days prior. The engines are expected to last the entire racing season.
The car looks flawless, and sounds incredible. It has already attracted multiple teams to join the series in 2015. It was just recently announced that 8Star Motorsports will be fielding a car next season. Other teams in the Verizon IndyCar Series, like AJ Foyt Racing, are also considering entering a car.
Below are a few short videos from the test.