CHAMPCAR/CART: 1999 Aerodynamic Regulations Annouced

CART Announces 1999 Aerodynamic Regulations Troy, MI (November 18, 1998) - Championship Auto Racing Teams has announced its aerodynamic regulations for the 1999 FedEx Championship Series season, which incorporate ...

CART Announces 1999 Aerodynamic Regulations

Troy, MI (November 18, 1998) - Championship Auto Racing Teams has announced its aerodynamic regulations for the 1999 FedEx Championship Series season, which incorporate significant changes for events contested on short ovals.

In an effort to reduce downforce and contain speeds at those venues, the aerodynamic package for next year's short-oval events at Nazareth Speedway, The Milwaukee Mile and the new Chicago Motor Speedway will be identical to the package used this year on the intermediate ovals at Homestead-Miami Speedway in Florida, Twin Ring Motegi in Japan and Gateway International Raceway outside St. Louis.

The package is the same as the aerodynamic package formerly used at superspeedway events, prior to the introduction of the Handford Device and tunnel blockers. Ferrous alloy brake discs are required and use of brake scoops is permitted. The minimum race car weight of 1,550 pounds for intermediate and short oval events remains unchanged.

"Even though we [previously] had a speedway [aerodynamic] specification and a small oval specification, the only difference was that the speedway specification allowed the use of a wicker," said J. Kirk Russell, CART vice president of competition. "This year, the small oval specification goes away, and the short ovals adopt the aerodynamic package which was previously specific to Homestead, Miami and Gateway.

"Essentially, what we're doing is drawing on our arsenal of hardware and experience with these packages to reduce downforce on short ovals, in an effort to contain the performance of our cars at those venues."

Aerodynamic specifications for FedEx Championship Series events contested on superspeedways, intermediate ovals and road or street courses remain the same as in 1998.

Source: CART Online

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