Push to pass will return to the IZOD IndyCar Series for the five remaining road/street course events on the 2012 schedule, beginning with the Honda Indy Toronto on July 6-8.
I'm looking forward to the return of push-to-pass. I'm sure it will make for one heck of a show and it's yet another variable the teams and drivers will have to pay close attention to on race day.
The overtake assist feature, introduced to the series in 2009, allows a driver to add turbocharger boost and additional RPM with the press of a button on the steering wheel to complete a pass.
"It will be similar to what it was in the past because we know that model worked," said Will Phillips, vice president of technology, INDYCAR.
The additional boost is added for a pre-determined amount of time which will be determined by INDYCAR depending on the circuit. The sanctioning body will also determine the total amount of time available, recharge time and any delay in the system prior to each activation, though the engine manufacturers may adjust the settings below the requirements to optimize their engine's performance.
"I'm looking forward to the return of push-to-pass," said back-to-back race winner Ryan Hunter-Reay. "I'm sure it will make for one heck of a show and it's yet another variable the teams and drivers will have to pay close attention to on race day."
Push to pass will not engage until a certain throttle position is reached and will disengage if the driver lifts or presses the button again.
As part of the introduction of push-to-pass, the base turbocharger boost level will decrease to 150 kPa. When the system is engaged, the boost increases to 160 kPa on the 2.2-liter V6 engines supplied by Chevrolet, Honda and Lotus.
Teams will have the opportunity to test the system during the event weekend on the streets of Exhibition Place before the Honda Indy Toronto.
Source: Indy Car