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IndyCar makes aero kit adjustments to mitigate lift

James Hinchcliffe hits the wall during practice for the Indianapolis 500 on May 18. Hinchliffe was hospitalized for more than a week after suffering a serious thigh injury.
James Hinchcliffe hits the wall during practice for the Indianapolis 500 on May 18. Hinchliffe was hospitalized for more than a week after suffering a serious thigh injury. AP

IndyCar announced a couple alterations to its superspeedway aero kits, manufactured by Honda and Chevrolet, going into Saturday’s race at TMS.

IndyCar has developed a closure panel for the front and back of the rear wheel guards, which should eliminate lift when a car is traveling backwards at high speed during an accident. And the degree of the rear wing angle has been adjusted to increase the overall downforce with the hope that it helps enhance the overall racing.

These changes were made after the series had three airborne crashes and another wreck that left driver James Hinchcliffe hospitalized in the days leading up to the Indy 500 two weeks ago.

“We don’t know what these changes will bring until the green flag drops, but IndyCar is trying,” Gossage said. “We appreciate that.”

Average speeds are expected exceed 220 mph at Texas.

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