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A new car getting rave reviews when it's really an old car in new clothes? That's how bad IndyCar's first effort was with the current base chassis - and how much better its approach to the aerodynamic cloaking has got since.
IndyCar's surprise at how smoothly it has introduced its 2018 car package is a far cry from the ever-increasing dissent that characterised the outgoing manufacturer aerokit era, itself springing from widespread aversion to the IR12 car platform. In short, it's a quick turnaround for the series.
It's already had quantifiable success in terms of attracting interest. Mark Miles, CEO of IndyCar's parent organisation Hulman & Co, pointed out its early victory with the additions of Carlin, Juncos Racing, Harding Racing and Michael Shank Racing - bolstering the grid number by five cars across the season, with the potential for more yet.
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