nome66 wrote:as a true Indy500 fan and 90's era purist, the idea of 34 car grids horrifies me, but at least it isn't 1997
my only gripe is that they won't be testing in Indianapolis for the first session of practice in May. they are setting up for failure. do they refuse to test on ovals or something?
If you're referring to the Lotus engined teams specifically, that is because Lotus have been unable to provide enough engines for testing to take place. The sale of Proton to DRB-Hicom meant that all of Proton's spending - as well as the spending of its subsidiaries, like Group Lotus - were effectively put on hold whilst the sale went through, so Lotus effectively had to put their engine program on ice.
Add that to what was already a relatively late start, plus two late engine changes ahead of the race in St Petersburg, and the net result is that Lotus has exhausted its current stock of engines and can't build new ones in time for the upcoming test session. http://www.autosport.com/news/report.php/id/98567