Monday, August 15, 2011

Aero Kits Delayed To '13

The next generation IZOD IndyCar Series chassis is still on track to make it's race debut in 2012, but the aero kits aren't. INDYCAR announced on Sunday that the body skins will be introduced in 2013.

"The most important thing we can do as a series is look at what is in the best interest of both our long and short term," said Randy Bernard, CEO of INDYCAR. "It is important that we maintain a high car count next year by ensuring we have cost containment for our teams. We must listen to our team owners and try to help. I'm the biggest advocate of the aero kit and I feel this is by far the best decision for our series. The 2012 season will be exciting with the debut of our new car as we focus on relevancy and technology with engine competition, turbochargers and direct injection among other things."

The delay in body kit designs means that all cars will be referred to as Dallaras next season, but all three engine manufactures (Honda, Chevy & Lotus) are still on pace for a 2012 debut.

Dan Wheldon and Bryan Herta Autosport completed the first test of the Dallara/Honda formula last week at the Mid-Ohio Motorsports Park.


Again, the (what remains of them) fans see excuses and delays to non-spec look-alike cars we were originally expecting to lose around 2008-2009.

I understand the owners' position. They clearly don't understand what the fans (who ultimately decide if the sport the owners participate in gets viewed) have been asking for since 2008. Fans decide by viewing on TV or buying tickets to races and sponsors pay for that exposure.

Dear owners: IF NO ONE IS WATCHING, SPONSORS WON'T GIVE YOU MONEY! I don't know how I can be more clear about this.

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