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June 15th, 2016

Jon Beekhuis, is a Swiss racer who won the 1988 Indy Lights Championship who later became a well known pit reporter for ESPN and then CBS’s coverage of CART & Champ Car races before moving to Indy car series as the pit reporter in 2008. He is also a technical expert for Indy Car.com, and through this he has been a part of a ongoing video series Indy car 101 with Professor. In the video below, Professor B takes us through a fascinating journey of how Indianapolis 500 cars have evolved in terms of aerodynamics since the Marmon Wasp in 1911. The Verizon Indy Car Series is the probably the fastest and closest form of motorsports in the world, in which racers drive single-seat, open-cockpit cars that can touch a staggering 230Mph and are powered by a 2.2-liter, twin turbocharged, direct-injected V-6 engine.  The Indy Car racing features a combination of super-speedways, short ovals, road courses and temporary street circuits.

The Indy Car Series is the biggest motor-sporting event of North America which consists of open wheel racing. The Series in its present form came into being in 2003 before which for many years the series was known as Indy Racing League while depending on the title sponsor, the series got many names like the Pep Boys Indy Racing League and Northern Lights Indy Racing League in the last 90’s and early 2000’s.  The Indy Car Series consists of an international lineup of drivers that have to go through a number of diverse challenges to lay their claim at the championship title. The top point scorer is crowned the series champion and receives a cool $1 million bonus.

With such high speeds that these Indy cars are capable of and the amount they spend in such close vicinity to their rivals on the track, it becomes imperative to design and developed these cars to have incredible aerodynamic designs that makes sure that these cars utilize as much of downforce as possible even while stuck right behind other cars slipstream and turbulence all the time.  Thus, this Indycar 101 with Professor B makes up for a really interesting watch without any doubt. Watch the video where Professor B discusses different eras of IndyCar Aerodynamics in this edition of Indy car 101 with Professor B below and let us know what you think of it in the comments section just under it.

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