INDIANAPOLIS — Tethering aerodynamic components of the Dallara IR-12 chassis is among safety enhancements announced by INDYCAR that will be implemented for the 2016 Verizon IndyCar Series season.

The high-tensile Zylon tethers minimize the possibility of components becoming detached from the race cars during accidents.

The rear beam wing and rear wheel guards will be tethered for all Verizon IndyCar Series events and the car’s nose will be tethered on superspeedway ovals (1.5 miles or longer). Dallara also has designed a tethering system for the front wing main plane for the three superspeedways on the 2016 schedule – Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Texas Motor Speedway and Pocono Raceway.

Since 1999, Verizon IndyCar Series cars have employed wheel restraints attached to the chassis and suspension. The Suspension Wheel/Wing Energy Management System (SWEMS) also includes one or two restraints attached from the rear wing main plane to a secure location on the transmission.

“It is a continual goal to improve safety for all the participants, fans and drivers alike,” said Will Phillips, INDYCAR Vice President of Technology. “We also need to do this in a fashion that does not create more yellow-flag racing and try to prevent as much debris as possible. We have great support from our partners to improve safety and wish to thank Chevrolet, Honda and Dallara for their participation and efforts in working together to implement change.”

Other changes for the 2016 season as part of INDYCAR’s ongoing research and development to improve the on-track product and safety include:

  • A domed skid plate on the underside of the chassis, which improves its yaw/spin characteristics, will complement rear wing flaps that deploy at 90 degrees if a car spins and travels backward on a superspeedway. The package will minimize the incidence of the car becoming airborne. The rear wing flaps have been tested in wind tunnels at General Motors and Texas A&M University. Components are scheduled to be available for the April 6 test on the 2.5-mile Indianapolis Motor Speedway oval.
  • An update to the Engine Control Unit (ECU) prevents a car from moving forward during a pit stop if the gearbox is not in neutral while the fuel hose is attached. Through the ECU, the fuel probe activation sensor can stop the car from moving forward by returning the engine to idle and engaging the clutch if the car is not in neutral when the fuel probe is plugged in.
  • Another ECU update puts the engine in idle faster if too much pressure is applied to the throttle or brake pedal. The throttle pedal failsafe will engage and idle the engine when pressure applied to either the throttle or brake pedal exceeds a calibrated threshold.


INDIANAPOLIS (Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2015) – INDYCAR announced the 2016 Verizon IndyCar Series schedule today, a 16-race season – anchored by the 100th Running of the Indianapolis 500 Mile Race – that spans five weeks longer than last season and features new events in Phoenix, Road America and Boston. INDYCAR has experienced a 38 percent growth in both television ratings and viewership over the past two years with longstanding TV partners ABC and NBCSN and the 2016 Verizon IndyCar Series season is poised to capitalize and build upon that momentum.

•    Legendary 100th Running of Indianapolis 500 Mile Race set for May 29
•    Three new events increase INDYCAR’s presence at traditional venues (Phoenix and Road America) and in a new major Northeast metro market (Boston)
•    2016 Verizon IndyCar Series schedule expands by five weeks, starting earlier (St. Petersburg, March 13) and ending later (Sonoma, Sept. 18)
•    New schedule poised to continue momentum INDYCAR has experienced with 38 percent growth in TV ratings and viewership over the last two years

The most diverse schedule in motorsports features five races on oval tracks, five on permanent road courses and six on temporary street circuits.

“Overall, the 2016 Verizon IndyCar Series schedule is another key step forward in INDYCAR’s strategic vision,” said Mark Miles, CEO of Hulman & Company, the parent of INDYCAR and the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. “We’re confident that the momentum that INDYCAR has experienced in fan engagement over the past two seasons will continue as a result of the tireless efforts of our event promoters and our improved scheduling on ABC and NBCSN.”


The schedule opens March 13 on the streets of St. Petersburg, Fla., where the Verizon IndyCar Series season has debuted in each of the past five seasons. The battle for the Astor Cup – the trophy presented annually to the series champion – concludes Sept. 18 at Sonoma Raceway, where the season came to a thrilling conclusion this year as Scott Dixon won the race to capture the championship on a tiebreaker.

The season includes the series’ return to staple venues Phoenix International Raceway and Road America, plus the debut of an exciting new event on the streets of Boston.

“Road America and Phoenix are great venues and two of the best choices that we could have to add to the schedule,” said Dixon, the 2015 Verizon IndyCar Series champion who has raced on both tracks in his 15-year career. “I’m looking forward to both race events. Road America is an old-school American track that I always look forward to. Phoenix was a fun track for me in the past. I tested there (earlier this year) and the changes that they’ve made has maybe opened up quite a few different grooves. The racing will be very exciting; we’ll put on a great show.”

ABC will broadcast five races in 2016, including the season-opening Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg that kicks off the season two weeks earlier than last year. ABC will blanket Month of May coverage at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, broadcasting the Angie’s List Grand Prix of Indianapolis on May 14, Indianapolis 500 qualifications May 21-22 and the eagerly anticipated 100th Indianapolis 500 on May 29.

“The 2016 season is defined by the 100th Running of the Indianapolis 500,” Miles continued. “The historic significance of our season is marked by this legendary event and the return of several storied venues such as Road America and Phoenix.  Half the venues on our schedule have hosted 25 or more INDYCAR races and further our rich heritage as the premier form of open wheel racing in the United States.”

ABC’s Verizon IndyCar Series coverage also includes the Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix doubleheader, with full races on June 4 and 5.

“We’ve been associated with the Verizon IndyCar Series since its beginning and we’re proud to be part of a sport with not only historic traditions but also a very exciting future,” said Julie Sobieski, ESPN vice president, league sports programming. “We have been pointing to the 100th Running of the Indianapolis 500 for a long time and especially look forward to that event and our 52nd consecutive year at the ‘Greatest Spectacle in Racing.'”

NBCSN returns as INDYCAR’s television partner for the eighth straight season in 2016 and will telecast 11 races, starting with the return to Phoenix International Raceway on the night of April 2. The one-mile oval hosted 61 Indy car races from 1964-2005.

“Coming off the most-watched IndyCar season ever on NBCSN, we are excited to once again contribute to the growth of this great sport and to showcase its speed and exciting brand of racing,” said Jon Miller, President, Programming, NBC Sports & NBCSN. “We take pride that INDYCAR entrusts our talented production team to televise the series’ final eight races, including being able to award the IndyCar championship on NBCSN each year.”

NBCSN will also telecast the 42nd annual Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach on April 17 and the Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama from Barber Motorsports Park on April 24. Following ABC’s coverage in May and early June, NBCSN returns to telecast the final eight races of the 2016 season.

Among those are the Grand Prix of Road America on June 26, a homecoming to the fabled four-mile permanent road course. The picturesque track in the rolling hills of east central Wisconsin played host to 25 Indy car races from 1982-2007.

Also on NBCSN in the back half of the 2016 schedule is the Inaugural Grand Prix of Boston powered by LogMeIn, set for Sept. 4 on a 2.25-mile temporary street circuit in the South Boston Waterfront. NBCSN will then air the season-ending GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma on Sept. 18. The 2015 Sonoma race set an NBCSN record for INDYCAR with an average of 841,000 viewers, including a peak of more than a million.

Returning events on the 2016 Verizon IndyCar Series schedule airing on NBCSN include: the Firestone 600 at Texas Motor Speedway on June 11; Iowa Corn 300 at Iowa Speedway on July 10; Honda Indy Toronto on July 17; Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio on July 31; and the ABC Supply 500 at Pocono Raceway on Aug. 21.

In addition to coverage from ABC and NBCSN, all Verizon IndyCar Series races can be heard on the Advance Auto Parts INDYCAR Radio Network, available through network affiliates, SiriusXM Satellite Radio, the Verizon INDYCAR app and IndyCar.com

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Indianapolis Motor Speedway President Doug Boles will meet with fans at 2 p.m. on Monday, October 26, at the Studebaker Museum in South Bend, Indiana, for a “Town Hall”-style meeting to discuss a busy offseason and an epic 2016 season coming up at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

Project 100 construction is in full swing at the 106-year-old facility, with grandstands and other areas receiving upgrades in advance of the monumental 100th Running of the Indianapolis 500 Mile Race in 2016.

The visit at the Studebaker Museum will feature introductory remarks from Boles, a Q&A session with fans and giveaways including tickets to Month of May activities at IMS.

Fans may RSVP for free by clicking here …

WHAT:  Town Hall Meeting

WHO: Indianapolis Motor Speedway President Doug Boles

WHEN:  2 p.m., Monday, Oct. 26, 2015

WHERE:   Studebaker Museum

201 Chapin Street

South Bend, Indiana 46601



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“We are here to remember much more than the race car driver. We are here to celebrate a husband, a father, a friend, a role model,” Indianapolis Motor Speedway president J. Douglas Boles said in opening remarks. “We are celebrating a man who left this community, this (INDYCAR) family much better than what it was when he first got here.”

On and off racetracks around the world, Wilson was an individual that everyone looked up to literally and figuratively. Several video presentations during the program highlighted Wilson’s career accomplishments, but more importantly featured his role in the life of his wife and two young daughters, the community and in motorsports.

His passion for racing, devotion to his family and humanity will be his legacy.

Wilson, who was diagnosed with the learning disorder dyslexia as a youth, often shared with school children at Verizon IndyCar Series venues how he adapted through assistance from family and teachers and through technology. He also was a regular and eager participant in Racing For Kids visits to children’s hospitals. With various race teams in the Verizon IndyCar Series, Formula One and sports car racing, he was an integral member counted on for his technical insights and his quick pace on the track. He also was heavily involved in Verizon IndyCar Series safety initiatives.

Wilson’s brother Stefan read a letter penned by his widow Julia, who was in attendance.

“Justin was a good man, father, husband and human being. My world has been turned upside down for now; I miss him every hour of every day,” she said in the letter. “Justin was mine and the girls’ hero. It has made me realize he was to everybody else, too.

“Not even I realized how big his heart was. By the way it is continuing to beat today makes me smile each time I think of him out there somewhere helping. Knowing that he lives on in others is a comfort.

“At bedtime, he used to read to the girls. I loved to watch him from the side trying his best to read well, knowing he was struggling with his dyslexia made me so proud that he even tried. Jane and Jess are missing their best friend, their climbing frame and the person that made them laugh when mummy was being grumpy.

“I don’t want people to be sad but be proud and happy that they knew him. Justin was definitely my one in a million. I am grateful for the time we had with Justin and will cherish every memory.”

In closing the program, four-time and reigning Verizon IndyCar Series champion Scott Dixon presided over a champagne toast in tribute to his friend and fellow competitor, with more than 600 additional glasses raised in the audience of the INDYCAR community.

“You’ll be forever in our hearts. We are the lucky ones,” he said.

Following the program, Julia Wilson said she has been overwhelmed by the “massive” support of the motorsports community and people around the world.

“The love, kindness and generosity is overwhelming. Some days I don’t feel we are deserving of such love,” she said. “I have an overwhelmingly massive family that I’ve just found out about and I’m very lucky. Everyone has my back. It’s brilliant and I’m proud to be a part of (the extended family).”

After the announcement of Wilson’s passing, there was an immediate outpouring of emotional and charitable support for Wilson’s family, which is ongoing via an online auction of racing, sports and entertainment memorabilia. Through Sept. 29, the auction on eBay has raised more than $350,000 for the Wilson Children’s Fund. Donations from the INDYCAR community raises the total to nearly $450,000.

A third wave of items up for bid, including a VIP experience to the 100th Running of the Indianapolis 500 Mile Race hosted by Team Penske and an NFL game-used football signed by Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck, were added to the eBay auction site Sept. 29. CLICK HERE to view and bid. New items are added weekly to the auction, which continues through Oct. 26.

Additionally, a limited edition reproduction of 50 signed and numbered prints of noted artist Bill Patterson’s original work depicting Wilson’s final Indy car victory at Texas Motor Speedway in 2012 – painted live Aug. 31 at the Verizon IndyCar Series Championship Celebration – are available by clicking HERE, with $100 of each print sold contributed to the fund.

Tribute T-shirts are available by clicking HERE, with proceeds also directed to the fund.

Contributions can be made directly to the fund by clicking HERE or by mail to: Wilson Children’s Fund, c/o Forum Credit Union, PO Box 50738, Indianapolis, IN 46250-0738.