2023 Writers’ Roundtable, Vol. 40: Biggest Test Takeaway?

Today’s question: What was your biggest takeaway from the Indianapolis 500 Rookie Orientation Program and hybrid power unit testing last week at IMS?. Curt Cavin: Last week was my first opportunity to see and discuss the hybrid technology at a racetrack, and it was interesting to learn how the drivers expect to experience it. Yes, I knew that fundamentally the hybrid system is a spec piece for the series, but to hear Matt Niles (of Honda) and Rob Buckner (of Chevrolet) talk through it made me realize how they’re working together, with INDYCAR, on this project. It helps the series that we’re competing in.” As Buckner noted, the competition will soon be in the hands of the teams and drivers, and indirectly that means Honda and Chevrolet will be back to competing, too. I don’t think Blomqvist or any other NTT INDYCAR SERIES driver would say something like that about any other track or race.

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