Indy Open Test
Speedway, Indiana, April 10, 2000.
The rookie program scheduled for Friday and Saturday met with
weather problems. IRL officials changed the schedule for the
Sunday through Tuesday test days so rookies and veterans shared
the track. I drove to Indy from Springfield Monday morning, April
10, and planned to spend the night but weather on Tuesday was
supposed to get worse so I drove back that evening. Being there
Monday was enough. The Speedway is exciting when it's sunny and
full of fans and racecars but standing there in a jacket under
a cloud cover watching a few cars drone by gets old quick.
The main buzz was about Juan Montoya turning 217 mph on his
fifth lap ever at this track. Here's a page of photos of Team Ganassi at Indy.
The new Riley & Scott chassis, shown below might be in
trouble. Buddy Lazier is a good driver and he couldn't get above
214 mph. Greg Ray did a 220 and Montoya 219.
The R&S front wing is the only one that is not rectangular
in plan view.
The rear suspension is a conventional pushrod, bellcrank,
coilover layout. Those are Penske shocks. The anti-roll bar between
the shocks is driver adjustable, a necessity in oval racing to
change balance as fuel burns off. It's shown in nearly full-stiff
position. As the blades rotate counter-clockwise from our view
they become less stiff and the bar provides less roll stiffness.
It's difficult to tell in this photo but comparison with the
two photos below show the differences in the aero fairings in
front of the rear tire on the three IRL chassis. The R&S
above has a kick-up panel above the fairing that forms a tunnel
toward the middle of the rear of the car above the diffuser.
The G Force fairing is painted black and doesn't show up very
well either. This is Jeff Ward's car entered by A.J. Foyt.
Sorry, this Dallara fairing doesn't show up very well either
but you can tell the Dallara and G Force fairing are simpler
than the R&S.
Riley & Scott was recently bought by Reynard and this
car was developed with Reynard's new wind tunnel in Indy. R&S
designed and built some great sports cars but their IRL designs
have struggled at the Speedway.