IndyCar Series organisers have confirmed that the introduction of alternative aerodynamic kits – for oval and road/street circuits – will be delayed by a year until the 2013 season.
The new-for-2012 Dallara chassis was given its maiden test outing a week ago at Mid-Ohio, and its design had the provision to use alternative aerodynamic designs dependent on the type of circuit being visited.
However, pressures to keep costs down and grid numbers well subscribed has forced the delay, according to Series CEO Randy Bernard.
“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,” he is quoted as saying.
“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.”
Bernard rejected suggestions that the delay will dampen the action in the 2012 season, and added that there will be enough new initiatives to ensure the series delivered value for teams and fans.
“I’m the biggest advocate of the aero kit and I feel this is by far the best decision for our series,” he added.
“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 new chassis will undergo further tests over the remainder of the year before the new chassis’ are delivered to teams in mid-December.
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