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Below are the high-level specifications for the four open-wheel series sanctioned by INDYCAR


Josef Newgarden

Verizon IndyCar Series

Model: Dallara IR-12 chassis (2012-present)

Top Speed: Approximately 235 mph

Engine: Twin-turbocharged, 2.2-liter V-6

Horsepower: Approx. 550 – 700 depending on turbo boost.

Gearbox: Assisted six-speed paddle shift plus reverse

Fuel: Sunoco E85 (blend of 85 percent ethanol and 15 percent racing gasoline)

Tires: Firestone Firehawk (ungrooved racing slicks; grooved wet-condittion tires for road/street courses)

Wheelbase: 117.5-121.5 inches

Weight: Approximately 1,620 pounds (road/street/short oval configuration) and 1,590 pounds (speedway configuration), without fuel, driver and driver weight equivalent

Height: Approx 40 inches

Width: 76.5 inches maximum, 75.5 inches minimum, 75.75 inches minimum for ovals) measured outside rim to rim


Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires

Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires

Model: Dallara IL-15 (2015-present), a state-of-the-art, single-seat, open-wheel, Indy car-style chassis manufactured by Dallara Automobili, complete with paddle shifters, push-to-pass and safety components meeting FIA specifications with INDYCAR standards (headrests, seats, secondary pedal bulkhead, zylon panels).

Top Speed: Approx. 210+ mph (Speedways)

Weight: 1380 - 1400 lbs./626 – 635 kg.

Length: 192 inches / 4876 mm

Wheelbase: 117 inches / 2971 mm

Width: 76 inches / 1930 mm

Engine: 2.0 liter, turbocharged four-cylinder

Horsepower: Approx. 450 HP plus 50 HP Push-to-Pass

Gearbox: Ricardo 6-speed semi-automatic

Fuel: VP Motorsport 100 (MS100) fuel – unleaded gasoline blended with 10 percent ethanol

Tires: Slick/rain tires co-branded COOPER/INDYLIGHTS as manufactured by Cooper Tires

Electronics: Cosworth looms, data logger, dash, display and sensors; Life Racing ECU, paddle-shift kit, “drive-bywire” throttle control,driver adjustable map settings


Pro Mazda Championship Presented by Cooper Tires

Pro Mazda Championship Presented by Cooper Tires

Model: Tatuus PM-18 (2018-present), a full carbon composite and aluminum honeycomb monocoque manufactured by Tatuus Racing meeting current FIA F4 safety standards, including side impact panels, front and rear impact structures, HANS-compliant IndyCar head restraint, front and rear wheel tethers, upgraded uprights, and upgraded front bulkhead structure for USA specific oval racing circuits.

Top Speed: Approx. 165+ mph

Weight: 1146 lbs / 520 kg.

Length: 108 inches / 2743 mm

Width: 61 inches / 1549 mm

Engine: 2.0-liter Mazda developed MZR-PM18A is prepared by Elite Engines, with a maximum torque of 190 ft. lbs., utilizing a fly-by-wire throttle system and Cosworth SQ6 engine management system.

Horsepower: Approx. 275 HP

Gearbox: 6-speed sequential

Fuel: VP Motorsport 100 (MS100) fuel – unleaded gasoline blended with 10 percent ethanol

Tires: Slick/rain tires co-branded COOPER/PROMAZDA as manufactured by Cooper Tires.

Additonal: PFC brakes; Cosworth CFW277 steering wheel with integrated dash and gear change paddles, Cosworth data logger; Dynamic dampers; and Hyperco springs


Cooper Tires USF2000 Powered by Mazda

Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship Powered by Mazda

Model: Tatuus USF-17 (2017-present), a full carbon composite and aluminum honeycomb monocoque manufactured by Tatuus Racing meeting current FIA F4 safety standards, including side impact panels, front and rear impact structures, HANS-compliant IndyCar head restraint, front and rear wheel tethers, upgraded uprights, and upgraded front bulkhead structure for USA specific oval racing circuits.

Top Speed: Approx. 140+ mph

Weight: 1102 lbs / 500 kg.

Length: 108 inches / 2743 mm

Width: 61 inches / 1549 mm

Engine: 2-liter Mazda MZR engine, prepared by Elite Engines, producting a maximum torque of 160 ft. lbs., utilizing a fly-by-wire throttle system and Cosworth SQ6 engine management system.

Horsepower: Approx. 175 HP

Gearbox: 6-speed sequential

Fuel: VP Motorsport 100 (MS100) fuel – unleaded gasoline blended with 10 percent ethanol

Tires: Thirteen-inch slick and rain tires co-branded COOPER/USF2000 as manufactured by Cooper Tires.

Additonal: PFC brakes; Cosworth CFW277 steering wheel with integrated dash and gear change paddles, Cosworth data logger; Dynamic dampers; and Hyperco springs.