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IndyCar unveils 2018 race car at auto show in Detroit

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IndyCar has unveiled its 2018 race car, which series champion Josef Newgarden hopes will be a step in the right direction in terms of safety, aesthetics and racing excitement.

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Newgarden was part of an upbeat presentation Tuesday at the North American International Auto Show. IndyCar CEO Mark Miles sounded confident as well, saying it's "almost eerie" how little criticism he's heard about the new car. Newgarden said the sleek cars with universal aero kits will challenge drivers while also being "more friendly in traffic."

Newgarden also appreciates the car's look. He says it's like a throwback to the 1980s and `90s.

One safety improvement on the new car is that the side pods have been moved forward, leaving the driver a bit less exposed.

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