Rossi: New IndyCar’s reduced drag feels like a big power boost

January 11, 2018

Andretti Autosport’s 2016 Indy 500 winner Alexander Rossi said he is cautiously optimistic after his first test of the 2018 IndyCar, and said that even on Sebring’s short course the reduced drag of the new aerokit was very apparent.

Rossi, who scored his first roadcourse IndyCar win and pole position in last September’s penultimate round of the season at Watkins Glen, described his first test of the 2018 aerokit as “very productive” but with the caveat that track conditions were near-perfect. His #27 Andretti Autosport-Honda completed around 130 laps over the last two days and he said the new bodywork had a very noticeable effect on the car’s straightline performance.

“It feels like we’ve had a big power boost,” he told Motorsport.com, “which is great because that’s what every racecar driver wants.

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