Autodesk and IndyCar have signed a three-year technology partnership that will give the participants in the IZOD IndyCar Series broad access to the former's cloud-based design and engineering software. The software offerings include Autodesk Product Design Suite, Autodesk Simulation 360, Autodesk Entertainment Creation Suite, and Autodesk PLM 360. This capability will better enable the organization to come up with aerodynamic specifications for components that all race teams can agree on—reducing any advantages or disadvantages among teams and creating a more competitive and exciting racing environment, the companies said in a joint press release issued Nov. 29. IndyCar already employs Autodesk software within its operations for a variety of important functions—for example, AutoCAD is used to create detailed garage layouts before each event, which helps improve the logistics of load-in and load-out at venues. The same product is used in relation to sled crash testing.