Lights cars keep IndyCar drivers busy as offseason begins

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Scott Dixon tests out the new 2015 Indy Lights car on the Indianapolis Motor Speedway's road course.

SPEEDWAY – About this time in the past, the chase for the championship would be at it’s zenith.

Typically the Verizon IndyCar season would stretch into late September or even October with most of the recent battles for the championship lasting into the final race.

But in 2014 a condensed schedule finished the season on Labor Day Weekend in Fontana, as Will Power was crowned the series’ champion in the MAVTV 500 at the Auto Club Speedway.

It means a month longer break for the drivers in the series and perhaps a little bit of extra time to go on vacation. But like with most participants in Motorsports, the racing always continues in some form or fashion.

That included series drivers James Hinchcliffe and Scott Dixon, who took to the road course at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway this weekend to help puts some test laps on a new car for IndyCar’s feeder series.

Both drivers stepped into the new car that will be used for the Indy Lights series in 2013. Dixon and Hinchcliffe along with 2014 Indy Lights champion Gabby Chaves took the car around the nearly 2.5 mile road course then the oval to try out the new chassis designed by Dallara.

The car will be used in competition for the first time during the 2015 Indy Lights season. IndyCar switched their chassis back in 2012 with the late Dan Wheldon serving as it's test driver in the summer and fall of 2011. The chassis was named in honor of Wheldon following his death at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway in October of 2011.

To hear and interview with Hinchcliffe about his test, the 2014 season and his offseason plans, click on the video above.