Curt Cavin of Indianapolis Star fame is reporting that the Indycar Series will implemented a push to pass system for the remainder of the 2009 season.
- 20 uses per race
- Additional 5-20 Horse Power per use depending on fuel mixture
- Will last 12 seconds
- Mandated 10 seconds of down time between uses
The push to pass option should be very interesting this weekend, with the boost lasting 12 seconds and a complete lap at KMS lasting about 24 seconds.
As I reported 5 weeks ago, Honda has been testing the system with strong results.
"If you're on the rich side, you get 5 horsepower because the engine already is producing close to its maximum, where you can get up to 20 horsepower if you're running lean. It's to provide the driver, if they're already making a passing maneuver, an additional tool to complete the pass. It provides the teams options which they have to choose how they're going to run the race so it brings more strategy from a team aspect." -IRL Senior Tech Director Les Mactaggart