The heat in the cockpit is a brutal challenge in Indy GP


It was 90 degrees outside and at least 120 degrees inside everyone’s Indy car for two hours on Saturday at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, because the conditions and the new aerodynamic screen really set the scene. test the courage of the pilots.No one needed relief and no one was treated for heat prostration after 80 laps around the IMS course, but most of the 24 finishers were burned out.

“I’m not going to lie, man; my neck was toasted today, “said Graham Rahal after finishing second in the RLL Honda. “I look forward to a recovery this week. Road America is going to be cool. We have nice straight lines (and a chance) to breathe a little bit compared to here. Today was definitely a physical race. It was hard. ”

Simon Pagenaud, who charged from the 20th to take the third, thinks that he and his Penske team must work to try to get more ventilation in his Dallara Chevy.

“Personally, we’re probably going to do a little bit of work to try to get the interior out of the car better because it’s extremely hot and I’m exhausted,” said the winner of the 2019 Indy 500. “The air is circulating not well in the cockpit. It’s such a small cockpit, and you get the impression that the air stays – doesn’t come out of the cockpit – and that there is no wind. You could actually run with your visor open just to get some air.

“I think we just need to do a little bit of work on the ventilation, maybe work on the helmet and the tube, and also work on a bigger bottle of drink.” I think that was what we had in the past. The heat level – it doesn’t work for me. ”

Rahal added: “The drink bottles are in the sidepods with all the exhaust, and the water is hotter than I drink my coffee. Overall, it was brutal. ”

Winner Scott Dixon lost his helmet cool for a few stints before plugging it back in during his last pit stop and said, “I didn’t feel too frowned upon. But it was scorching. ”

Pagenaud is grateful that his off-season training program helped him prepare for days like Saturday.

“IndyCar racing is probably one of the most physical races there is. We do not have power steering. And now it’s also very hot in the racing car. These are the kinds of things you say “thank you” for your training. I trained in the heat, but maybe I will adjust (the training) a little bit to be even stronger.

“It evolves every year. It’s fun and I’m glad I trained so hard this winter. “


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