The Verizon IndyCar Series has created the new role of Director of Aerodynamic Development, and announced that longtime development and race engineer Tino Belli will take up the position in April.
Belli's responsibilities will include overseeing the implementation of the distinct aerodynamic bodywork kits supplied by Chevrolet and Honda for the 2015 season. Beginning with 2016, additional engine manufacturers and/or third party vendors will also be eligible to be an IndyCar-approved supplier of aero kits.
"It's a brave, new era that INDYCAR is moving into," said Belli, who was chief aerodynamicist at March Engineering in 1984, worked at Andretti Autosport for 14 years as race engineer, senior development engineer and technical director and who most recently served as technical director at Panther Racing. "I feel as though I'm giving something back to the series now because the series has always been giving to me in the past.
"My original background in racing was aeronautical engineering so aerodynamics is my love in life. I've had a fairly successful career as a race engineering and technical director, and now this is a new chapter," he said. ""It's exciting to be involved now developing the new set of rules that will take IndyCar into the future."
Belli also will undertake data collection to determine track-specific configurations, provide direction and requirements for future regulations and support on-track, wind tunnel and straight line testing as well as playing a supporting role in the technical inspection process.
"We're fortunate to have Tino come on board at the advent of aero kits," said IndyCar's president of competition and operations, Derrick Walker. "Apart from being one of Indy car's most experienced aero engineers, he comes from the team environment with a lot of current experience and knowledge, which is important."
During his time with Andretti Autosport between 1999 and 2013, the team earned four Verizon IndyCar Series championships and 56 victories, including two in the Indianapolis 500. Previously, he was managing director of design, development and race engineering at Cyber Dynamics and also chief designer at Larousse F1.
Belli will take up his role after this weekend's 2014 season opener at the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg in Florida.