Indianapolis Motor Speedway is the most legendary racetrack in the world, known for sheer speed and unadulterated horsepower. This Saturday, nearly a dozen modified Dallara II-15 Indy Lights chassis will take to the 2.5-mile oval and reach three-digit speeds in a special 20-lap race.
But with one exception. Make that one major exception.
For the first time in IMS history, the cars will be missing one of the most vital components any type of motorsport event must have.
That’s right, there will be no humans behind the wheel. In fact, none of the vehicles even has a driver’s seat, as IMS plays host to the first-ever Indy Autonomous Challenge, presented by Indianapolis-based nonprofit Energy Systems Network (ESN). After nearly two years of development and testing, 10 teams made up of students from 21 universities and from nine different countries will match wits and technological expertise in The Challenge for a $1 million top prize.
For the full story, check out this article from Car And Driver.