Daly delighted with new Indy Lights car; could the series see an influx of drivers from Europe in 2015?
Aug 24, 2014, 2:00 PM EDT
American driver Conor Daly has spoken to NBCSN’s Will Buxton about the new IL-15 car set to be introduced for the 2015 Indy Lights season, and the report is glowing to say the least.
Daly has tested the car at Putnam Park and at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course alongside 2012 champion Tristan Vautier, as the series gets ready to bid farewell to the current chassis that was introduced in 2002.
Buxton, NBCSN’s F1 insider, spoke to Daly in Belgium in a post on his blog that considered the possibility of Indy Lights becoming a serious alternative to GP2 for drivers trying to move up the ladder.
With seats in F1 hard to come by without support from a front-running team or a great deal of financial backing, it could be that with the relaunch of its feeder series, many European-based drivers could look to move up into IndyCar through Indy Lights.
“I think it will slot right in between GP3 and GP2,” Daly told Buxton. “It doesn’t have enough power to compete with GP2 but it definitely has more power than GP3. And it’s got the fancy bits and bobs that produce downforce!
“The brakes are nice too. Performance friction has done a really nice job of putting a package together specifically for that car. They’re not carbon brakes but they are really good and that’s cool to see how much work they have put in just for that car.
“As for the engine, GP3’s single turbo was terrible. But this? People love the sound of this thing. It is loud, it screams, it’s got turbo whizzes and all sorts and it really pulls.
“I think it should provide great racing. I think there is a very high probability of that.”
Closing out his post, Buxton feels that Indy Lights could be to IndyCar what GP2 was to F1 ten years ago.
“As young drivers across the world allow their frustrations to fester and begin to question how realistic their F1 dream truly is as the European feeder championships bottleneck at the F1 gates, IL-15 could be the spark for Indy Lights which the launch of GP2 gave F1 hopefuls a decade ago.”
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