Justin hopeful of oval progress in Kentucky Justin and Dale Coyne Racing are back in action again this weekend as they return to oval racing at Kentucky Speedway for Saturday night's Meijer Indy 300 presented by Red Baron and Edy's. The track is...
Justin hopeful of oval progress in Kentucky
Justin and Dale Coyne Racing are back in action again this weekend as they return to oval racing at Kentucky Speedway for Saturday night's Meijer Indy 300 presented by Red Baron and Edy's. The track is one of the wider 1.5 mile ovals on the IndyCar Series schedule and Justin is hopeful that he and the team will be able to run with the leading pack as they apply knowledge gained earlier this season.
"I'm looking forward to going back to Kentucky," said Justin. "Although we struggled on the 1.5 mile ovals so far this season we learned a lot in those races and ended up setting some competitive times. I'm hoping that we can put all of that experience together and deliver a good result for the Z-Line Designs team this weekend."
Starting this weekend, the Indy Racing League has introduced a new aero package for some of the 1.5 mile ovals to help the cars get closer and aid overtaking. A "push to pass" button is also being introduced for all remaining races to spice up the racing. Drivers will be able to access increased rpm and a power boost (ranging from 5-20bhp) for a limited time (for Kentucky, the allocation will be 20 bursts lasting for 12 seconds at a time). The amount of additional power will vary according to whether the drivers are running their engines lean or rich when they activate the system.
"I've had a lot of experience with push to pass systems on turbo engines over the years," commented Justin. "I'm looking forward to seeing how they work on the normally aspirated Honda engines as well as how the aero changes affect the handling of the car in traffic. It's certainly giving us plenty to think about in terms of set-up for qualifying and the race. I'm looking forward to seeing how it pans out - anything that helps the racing has got to be a good thing."