“Palm Beach will be more of an engine shakedown test. We're not really concerned about how many miles we run," said HVM Racing manager Vince Kremer, who added that the real testing will come in February at Sebring International Raceway. "Sebring will be getting more into developing the engine on the track," he confirmed.
"[The schedule] is quite ambitious, and that's just the on-track,” he admitted. “We haven't talked about any off-track testing, seven-post shaker rig testing or twisting the chassis. The good thing is we're working as a co-operative group with Dreyer & Reinbold and Bryan Herta [Autosport] and we seem to be working quite well together."
Although one of the stable of Lotus-powered teams in 2012, HVM's livery will remain substantially unaltered from 2011 and stick to the colours of main sponsors Nuclear Clean Energy and Entergy while other Lotus-aligned teams will predominantly switch to the manufacturer's colours, in line with Lotus' strategy in other motor sports series.
"We may go to a little darker green and have a yellow stripe," Kremer said. "Lotus has been very good about working it out with us. The recognition will still be there."
15 teams received their orders of the new Dallara chassis on December 15, with a further 15 expected to be be complete on January 15. Dallara is expected to deliver 60 chassis in total - costing $385,000 apiece - via their Indianapolis facility before the start of the season on March 25.