Indy Lights - Dallara IL-15
The Indy Lights Championship – the final step on the Road to Indy – will boast a modernized, fresh face in 2015, with the newly-launched Dallara IL-15 open-wheeler, which replaces the current-spec chassis and provides the series with a state-of-the-art, stylish appearance and prospective IndyCar Series drivers with proper training.
Described as a proper race car, the Dallara IL-15 will herald a new era for the Indy Lights Series, the new engine is designed to run for a full season without rebuilding and the new concept is attracting the interest of many teams across the globe.
Sanctioned by INDYCAR and Indy Lights is the final stage of the ‘Mazda Road to Indy’ driver development program – a three-phase ladder system that includes the Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship Powered by Mazda and the Pro Mazda Championship Presented by Cooper Tires.
The highly acclaimed series, which is set to undergo significant changes, has a rich history as a development platform for many of today’s top drivers and therefore ties in with 8Star Motorsports’ commitment to nurturing young talent through its flourishing ‘8Star Academy’ program.
The new chassis, tire and engine formula has been created with the view of enhancing the growth and value of Indy Lights and a top priority for the series is to provide a cost-effective platform for teams, drivers and partners.
Events are held at historic road courses and urban street circuits and the introduction of a new double-header race weekend format on purpose-built road courses will maximize competitors’ seat time.
Competing on the same tracks in parallel with the IZOD IndyCar Series, including the headlining Indy 500 weekend at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, and same-day television coverage by the NBC Sports Network makes Indy Lights a value proposition for all concerned.
Chassis: Carbon composite
Engine: P63 2.0-liter turbocharged AER engine producing 450 HP + 50hp ‘push to pass’ feature
Top Speed: 200 mph
Transmission: Six-speed, paddle-shift transmission