New Indy cars tested in Fort Worth

Four-time Verizon IndyCar Series champion Scott Dixon drives his Honda around Texas Motor Speedway as he took practice laps in the Dallara IR12 chassis that is outfitted with a new aero kit in Fort Worth, Texas, Monday, October 23, 2017. The aero kit, including a new rear wing and no rear wheel guards, will make the cars safer and increase the ability to pass. The new body style is designed to reduce turbulence and make it easier for cars to follow and pass each other on the track. (Tom Fox/The Dallas Morning News)

FORT WORTH -- The Verizon IndyCar Series' new sleek cars with universal aero kits got their first laps on a 1 1/2-mile oval when Scott Dixon and James Hinchcliffe tested at Texas Motor Speedway.

Hinchcliffe said he and Dixon were both impressed "out of the box" with the aero kits during testing Monday. The daylong session included the duo driving side by side to simulate race conditions.

"It does all the things a race car should do and not a whole lot of what a race car shouldn't do," Hinchcliffe said.

The new cars have noticeable differences in the side and rear areas. Dixon said they should be better in traffic and lead to some great racing.

The aero kit had already been tested on road courses and Indianapolis Motor Speedway's flat 2 1/2-mile oval.

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