PPG-DAYTON INDY LIGHTS CHAMPIONSHIP - Lola T97/20
Internationally renowned race car constructor Lola Cars, of Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire, England, has been the "manufacturer of choice" for the PPG-Dayton Indy Lights Championship since 1993. The series' current "spec" chassis is the Lola T97/20, which will be used for a second season in 1998 after debuting to rave reviews last year.
After relying on modified Formula 3000 race cars for the first 11 years of series competition, the Lola T97/20 is the first chassis in series' history designed specifically for Indy Lights competition. The all-carbon monocoque is larger and longer than any previous Indy Lights chassis and offers improved foot and leg protection for drivers.
Priced new, a Lola T97/20 chassis "roller' (without engine) is about $145,000.
New for 1998, Dayton Daytona radial tires are the series standard in both oval and road course versions. Dayton is a Bridgestone/Firestone brand and is part of the corporation's three-tiered motorsports lineup, which includes Formula One (Bridgestone), Champ Cars (Firestone) and Indy Lights (Dayton). The tires, which are mounted on 15" wheels, are 1 0" wide with 23.5 diameter up front and 14" wide with 24.5 diameter in the rears. The low profile 30 and 35 series aspect ratios are at the cutting edge of today's high-performance tire technology, providing Indy Lights race cars with precise and consistent high-speed handling.
Production based V-6 engines have supplied the power for Indy Lights since the series debuted in 1986. Good old fashion 'Detroit Iron,' the engines are derived from the same GM motors that have powered millions of passenger cars and trucks for decades. In race trim, the engines produce 425 horsepower and each unit is sealed to prevent modification by competitors who lease the motors from the series. The cost of an engine lease is $46,000 for a calendar year, and engine rebuilds during the season are $8,000. The American Racing Series (ARS) warrants each engine for 1,000 miles or three race weekends, whichever is less. All engine work is done by drag racing legend "Ohio" George Montgomery at George's Speed Shop in Dayton, Ohio. Bosch spark plugs are standard equipment on all engines.
Lola T97120 Specifications
Lola T97/20 (Flat-boftom)
Lola "slimline" with Hewland 5-speed internals