|Dan Andersen at this year's Toronto race.|
(Editor's Note: We at AutoRacig1.com continue to be impressed by the progress and direction of the Mazda Road to Indy since Dan Andersen and his company took full control of all three ladder series. Maybe, Andersen is the guy to not only oversee the ladder program, but as we suggest in last week's AR1 editorial, take over the promotion of the top-level IndyCar Series, as well.)
The forged blanks will be produced in the United States and will be engineered, manufactured and finished in Italy at Wheel Pros’ racing division. Each wheel will be supplied with a standard aluminum valve, and specification for the product will follow ETRTO (European Tire and Rim Technical Organization) recommendations and TÃœV test rules and certification. Offset and spoke profiles (caliper space) will be machined to custom fit the Dallara chassis configuration (front 10" x 15", rear 14" x 15").
The Technomesh design features an ergonomic spoke shape to facilitate the grip of mechanics on the wheels during tire changes.
“This technical partnership underscores our commitment to the ladder system in U.S. open-wheel racing and the young future stars on their way to the IndyCar Series," said Jody Groce, President of Wheel Pros LLC. “We are delighted to have the opportunity to introduce our forged aluminum wheel technology to the top level of the ladder after being already proven at the highest levels of sportscar GT racing with the Ferrari AF Corse GT factory team in the FIA World Endurance Championship, the factory Viper SRT in the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship and the Ford factory OMSE team in Global Rallycross."
Testing of the new Dallara IL-15 featuring Cooper Tires and the Advanced Engine Research LTD. AER-P63 engine will begin in July. Long-term partnerships with industry leaders Performance Friction (PFC) on a brake package and Cosworth for electronics (looms, steering wheel and data system) were announced in November.
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