INDIANAPOLIS — It’s getting closer and closer to the Month of May. Temperatures are getting warmer here in Indianapolis and fans are getting more and more excited to return to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in a couple of months. But, if you’re in the Indy area on Friday, you can get an early preview on the west side of Indianapolis.
Four drivers will test on the famed grounds in what the series is hoping to gain some valuable information for the future. This test won’t be for May of 2021 conditions, but rather looking much farther into the future for two seasons down the road.
Alexander Rossi, Scott Dixon, Josef Newgarden and Pato O’Ward will test on Friday in a session that lasts from 10 a.m. ET until 4 p.m. ET.
The reason for this test is there’s a new engine package coming out for 2023 and beyond. It will be a 2.4-liter, twin-turbocharged V6 with hybrid technology. That replaces the current one which is a 2.2-liter package without hybrid motors.
In 2023, the new engine with hybrid technology will feature the ability of a 100-horsepower boost for use on ovals, as well as street and road courses. Without that technology on the cars now, the four drivers will use the series’ Push-to-Pass system, which delivers increased power to the current 2.2-liter engine.
INDYCAR will help guide the hybrid Push-to-Pass simulation starting at 10 a.m., with choreographed group sessions lasting from 1-4 p.m.