All of a sudden, ‘chassis wars’ has broken out in IRL land. This silly season has been the best one in history. It has had bloodshed at the top, the usual musical chairs among teams and drivers, idiotic prognostications by cart-centric roaches that THIS year will be the final for Indy Car, and rumors of new teams.
The latest company to come out publicly with sketches of new car possibilities is Swift. Like Dallara they feature three evolutionary designs that may allow for fresh racing on the track. We may see Lola’s design(s) this week, and the debut of the much-ballyhooed Delta Wing concept gets unveiled Wednesday.
What does it all mean? That Indy Car is removing its head from its arse? That they need to take care of Dallara? That fans starving for more competition may actually get their wish? The one thing we should hope does NOT happen is some demand that one manufacturer becomes the exclusive supplier. Homogenized spec racing is not what Indy Car should be about. Most of the companies mentioned have other business interests and do not have to rely on Indy Car chassis construction alone. Active competition among, say, three of them would be great for fans and great for the series.
By the way, the most intensive press coverage ever of a driver in ARCA occurred prior to this past weekend, and I would be remiss if we went without a Danica mention. Her sixth place finish gave her enough self confidence to give the NASCAR B-team race a shot. Whether or not she does as well will no doubt inspire many to watch. The competition will be better. If she does well in the next race, her oft stated goal of winning the Indianapolis 500 may go the way of the goal Tony Stewart use to say he had.
It is kind of funny watching NASCAR use Danica as their next great hope. If you are a Jimmie Johnson or a Jeff Gordon or a Mark Martin how does it feel to be marginalized?