Dallara entered the IndyCar Series in 1997,
and scored its first win in its second start at
Phoenix. Jim Guthrie held off Tony Stewart to
capture the victory in what is still one of the
biggest upsets in open-wheel history.
budgets will become irrelvant,” he said.
“We also have to make sure the
manufacturers are ready to support
everyone, that tires are available, etc.
We expect to have those restrictions
defined before too long.”
For Herta, the 2012 car represents a
throwback to an era of technological
innovation and, for his driver, it provides
an outlet to determine the direction and
feedback for the entire field.
“You remember the excitement of a
So is this a completely
first car showing up at the shop, and the
first time you take it to the track,” Herta
said. “We’re experiencing those things
again for the first time in almost a decade.”
“I take this job personally,”
commented Wheldon. “It’s my
responsibility, and the responsibility of
everybody involved, to ensure that when
the new cars are delivered, everybody
says, ‘ That is a vast improvement.’”
Completely bespoke. Our V6
American Le Mans Series
engine is based on an Odyssey minivan
unit. This is an outright racing engine –
direct injection, fly-by-wire, and so on.
It’s not the first engine HPD has been
credited with sole design on, but in
terms of a clean sheet design, this is
our first. Our 4-liter sports car engine
was the first engine we could take credit
for in terms of designing it from scratch,
but obviously we had quite a bit of
information on 3.4-, 3.5- and 3-liter
normally aspirated V8 engines. This
is a very radical departure from that.
Your thoughts on the return to
Certainly it’s an additional level of
complexity. When I look at all the
stuff you add to the car – not just the
turbocharger, but wastegates,
actuators, pressurized plenums and
all that kind of stuff – it is a lot more
complex. It will probably require a
little bit more hand-holding than
what we’ve been used to over the
past five seasons. We have a lot more
sophisticated strategies that we need
to run, with boost control and things
like that. But turbocharged engines
are sort of the heart of IndyCar
racing. It’s good to get back to that.
It sounds like you have a solid
baseline to work from.
Yes. In terms of the packaging of the
engine, in terms of the physical
shape of the engine and the systems
in and around the engine, I’m not
saying it’s the final spec, but it’s
going to be reasonably close. The
part that will change will be the
details of what’s inside it. That’s
where the clever stuff comes from.