The COVID-19 pandemic has changed the way a lot of folks interact with the world around them, and that’s had a big impact on the racing world. Fans have often been forced to watch from home while some series either test everyone in its “bubble” religiously or hope that everyone will follow the honor system to report health issues. It’s been the same situation in IndyCar—but now Team Penske is utilizing its relationship with sponsor Hitachi to make the paddock just a little bit safer.
On Thursday, we had a chance to chat with Justin Bean, who focuses on marketing Hitachi Vantara’s smart spaces technology. Basically, smart spaces utilize video analytics and lidar to evaluate the ways people move within a space. So, as Bean noted, it has been used to great effect in stadiums to let people know where the shortest
INDIANAPOLIS — The IndyCar Series will continue running the same engines each of the next two seasons. It also will be working with the same two engine manufacturers, Chevrolet and Honda, into the foreseeable future.
IndyCar President Jay Frye announced Saturday the three parties agreed to delay the introduction of a new engine until 2023 because of the COVID-19 pandemic. They also reached a multiyear contract extension, which fits neatly into the series’ five-year plan that runs through 2028.
“It’s been a huge challenge,” Frye said, referring to keeping this season on track. “So it’s great that there’s some clarity now — clarity with the schedule, clarity with this deal.”
The new 2.4-liter, twin-turbocharged V6 engine with hybrid technology was expected to be ready next season.
A newly designed powertrain system that gives drivers the ability to start their own cars, rather than needing the traditional handheld starters, also was