So on Trackside with Curt Cavin and Kevin Lee last night and in today’s Pit Pass column in the Indianapolis Star, the topic of the 2012 IZOD IndyCar Series chassis was discussed. There are two different options currently being considered, an evolution of the current configuration and a completely revolutionary design. The revolutionary design track is been described as a radical departure from past designs, and while I’m all for cool new designs and out-of-box thinking, I’m leary of a final product that simply does not scream IndyCar. Yes, I know that when the current winged cars started appearing, they looked nothing like the roadsters, or even the rear-engined cars that were the current mainstay. Ultimately, whatever the car ends up being, it WILL be the IndyCar in time because it will be what runs at the Indianapolis 500 Mile Race. The phrases that have concerned me, though, have been discriptions of the new chassis as a “cross between a sportscar and a motorcycle.” Here’s the description from today’s Pit Pass:
IndyCar officials have maintained “parallel programs” are up for consideration, but Terry Angstadt, president of IndyCar’s commercial division, said Bowlby’s plan will get strong consideration if the car proves to be economical, safe and sensible.
The drawings have been described as a cross between a sports car and a motorcycle. The car is sleek and definitely new age, nothing like what has been on the track to date.
“It’s something we’re excited about if it proves to be the things it needs to be,” Angstadt said. “As the sanctioning body, we have to be pragmatic about it.”
I’m sitting here scratching my head trying to determine what this could be, and all I can come up with is this…
Erm… Let’s hope not.