2012 Dallara IndyCar chassis – Click above for image gallery

In most racing series – as in most sports in general – a champion should have no trouble getting a new contract. In fact he ought to have every team with a budget beating a path to his door. But Indy is different that way.

Despite winning both the Indianapolis 500 and the IndyCar Series title in 2005, and scoring podiums every season since, Dan Wheldon couldn't find a full-time ride for this year's series. But he showed them all when he won the Indy 500 for a second time this year.

That's why series organizers have chosen Wheldon to test the all-new Dallara chassis that will be introduced to the IndyCar field next year. A proven talent with no other commitments, Wheldon hopes that the test drive regimen, coupled with his high-profile win, will help him secure a full-time drive for next season. At that point, he'll have more – if not the only – experience in the new car over any other driver in the series.


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      brands
      • 3 Years Ago
      Well, if that's anything close to what they're going to look like I'm going to have a lot more time to do other things on weekends.
      Jonathan Arena
      • 3 Years Ago
      That is the worst looking race car I have ever seen. What moron thought it would be a good idea to design a purpose built race car to be pretty? What a joke that series is.
        ratpack
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Jonathan Arena
        indeed.... indy = driving around the oval with formula one wannabe cars....
          Bryan South
          • 3 Years Ago
          @ratpack
          Noel, Indy cars are faster. They might not have better acceleration, but they most definitely have a higher top speed. When they are basically on the gas full throttle the whole time I'm not sure what is convincing you otherwise.
          Agilis
          • 3 Years Ago
          @ratpack
          Disagree. Indy cars are not Formula One wannabe. Indy is a heck of lot faster than Formula One so Indy cars are built for speed. If you like to go fast, you race Indy. If you enjoy strategy and laying skill down on a track, you race Formula One.
          Noel Hibbard
          • 3 Years Ago
          @ratpack
          @Agillis. Sorry but IndyCars are not faster then Formula One cars. Sure they are different genres but saying IndyCars are faster makes no sense.
          iKingston
          • 3 Years Ago
          @ratpack
          Noel, Seeing that the current INDYCAR chassis was tailored to oval racing, I can assure you that a F1 car built solely for road/street course would not beat an INDYCAR on an oval. Road/street courses might be different because of the breaking and acceleration advantages a F1 car has over an INDYCAR. By the way, what do you mean by INDYCAR and F1 are different genres of racing? They are both open-wheel... The differences are the cars and one is an international parade of over engineered cars on road courses, while the other is American focused on a diverse set of tracks. They are still both open wheel racing series'. Your thoughts/feelings are all focused towards Champ Car, IRL, and the split and not the modern Izod INDYCAR Series. If you don't know the whole picture then you should not even bother to post because are making yourself look like an unknowledgeable fool.
          Noel Hibbard
          • 3 Years Ago
          @ratpack
          iKingston, I am well aware of the current series which runs RCs and Ovals. But I seriously doubt the current 2011 spec IndyCar would beat a 2011 F1 car. Oval may be another story. Who really knows. But I personally don't feel that top speed alone (on an oval) qualifies one car faster then another. But then again I am an knowledgeable fool.
          slicecom
          • 3 Years Ago
          @ratpack
          F1 is faster in every way. The only reason they wouldn't be faster on an oval is because they've never run on an oval and therefore have never deisgned a low downforce aero package suitable for an oval (they design different aero packages for every race). In 2006 the Honda F1 car averaged 247MPH with a low aero package on the salt flats with a low downforce aero package.
          Noel Hibbard
          • 3 Years Ago
          @ratpack
          It isn't all about top speed. Put an F1 car on a lame oval and reduce the DF and see which one is faster.
          Agilis
          • 3 Years Ago
          @ratpack
          Noel, Indy Cars are designed to go full throttle almost the entire race. They are designed to use tires that give it grip so they run softer compounds. Formula One cars are designed to take advantage of cornering and forces in effect during a Formula One race. They are designed to use 'aerodynamic' grip because they use tires that are made up of harder compounds and with grooves. Because of these differences, consequently it's hard to compare but Indy cars when it comes to higher top speed are indeed faster. This is especially true in 2011, which you pointed out. Back in the day, Formula One cars were much faster because they were equipped with turbos. Now the cars are purposely slowed down to make the series safer. These days Indy cars average around 220 mph and Formula One cars average around 212 mph. My statement originally was to ratpack's comment about Indy cars being F1 wannabes. I was simply stating that Indy cars have a higher top speed because they are built for speed. Formula One cars are not. I was not talking about faster in terms of time. That being said, F1 does not race on oval track, and Indy cars are not meant for road/street courses. It would be unfair to compare those cars in that regard.
      Kiiks
      • 3 Years Ago
      I know the individual teams will have a bit of freedom as far as the aero/bodywork packages go, but these two cars are simply gorgeous compared to the "current" Dallaras. As for the oval racing criticism, this year's calendar has 10 road courses to 8 ovals. It's getting much better. Now if they'd lose a couple more ovals and add tracks like Laguna Seca and Road America, we'd really be talking!
      Tiri
      • 3 Years Ago
      This has got to be one of the most hideous race cars ever, narrowly beating the current IRL model. Seriously, Indy hit its height with the Reynard chassis back in the mid nineties. It's been downhill since.
      Scotty
      • 3 Years Ago
      bridge the gap between the back tire and cover the front...LMP race car!!
      Elmo
      • 3 Years Ago
      Have a lot of you forgotten that this isn't what the cars are actually goin to look like? IndyCar is giving teams more freedom with design.
      David Opanga
      • 3 Years Ago
      I like the route Indy car is taking but they need to go too higher profile tracks. they have good ovals like iowa,louden,(im still holding out on texas.).Ttheir road courses should include leguna seca and Montreal and heck what about the former F1 track in mexico city the Autódromo Hermanos Rodríguez.
      • 3 Years Ago
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      peakarach1
      • 3 Years Ago
      Look like a million time better than the current one.
      Agilis
      • 3 Years Ago
      I'm undecided on the design. Is it me or is the black and red w/o the silver easier to look at than that of the silver? The Silver car, for some reason, is hard to look at where as the black and red appeals more to me.
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