IndyCar's president of operations and competition, Derrick Walker (LEFT, photo by LAT), spent an hour answering questions from IndyCar fans via his Twitter handle, @DJWIndyCar. This is what was said…
(spelling corrections and clarifications have been made – Ed.)
@Nevade Since the Indy 500 is a special race, will you allow Honda and Chevy to make a one-off engine with more horsepower?
@DJWIndyCar Honda and Chevy don't need too much more horsepower. The current engines are more than capable of making enough horsepower and they are regulated by the turbo boost.
@jpolarization What's being done to increase IndyCar oval races? Oval fans want more.
@DJWIndyCar Good question... Ovals are important to IndyCar and always have been and will continue to be so. Adding more ovals is only a function of a track being available on the dates and the cost of putting on a race...The biggest thing is to get the fans to come to those events. If the fans come, you can be certain we will be there.
@KeyWestChris A lot of the drivers want more power on ovals. That will affect engine life, however. Where are you on this subject?
@DJWIndyCar I don't think we need too much more power on the ovals, but on road courses having more power would be my preference. For the ovals we have enough power for now.
@MDavidSchafer Is there any chance we'll see some new venues on the schedule other than the Indy road course?
@DJWIndyCar No – 2014 is a transition year. I can see quite a few possibilities in 2015 but for now I don't anticipate any new events for '14.
@Dlite_47 With twin turbos in 2014, will the cars still have the air intakes on the chassis?
@DJWIndyCar Yes they will. 2015 is the big change for aero kits and that's when you will see air intakes being quite different.
@Bethlantz When will Road America, Cleveland, Portland, Mexico City and Phoenix return?
@DJWIndyCar I don't know, quite honestly...I wish all of them could...It's a fine balance between dates, money and how many fans come.
@_GiuCanbera IndyKART (go karts) Challenge for offseason. Better and cheaper than global races: 10 different races on Wednesdays. Reality show format. Good?
@DJWIndyCar Maybe but they don't pay as much and the teams need income so an off-season international schedule is where we are heading...
@Maxtactx Will IndyCar adopt a new design like the DeltaWing Group's? Many casual and non-fans see [U.S.] open wheel and F1 interchangeably.
@DJWIndyCar In a perfect world we would like to see IndyCar have multiple designs and lots of variety as it used to have at one time, but in today's world it's often driven by economics and availability...For now, we'll stay with the same formula design...But 2020 – Who knows?
@Dlite_47 With plans to set a new track record at @IMS, does this mean higher hp and more innovation by the individual teams?
@DJWIndyCar I don't think there is a plan for new track records, but I think the longer the car continues in its current format, the teams will improve their cars and will make them faster and the engine improvements will always make more power...By keeping the rules stable, the speeds will increase.