…that was my initial reaction of the Delta Wing prototype concocted by Ben Bowlby. It is revolutionary and different. How it would do screaming into turn one at Indy at 225 remains an open question. Response to the new car has been polarizing. People either love it or hate it.
My personal feelings are mixed. It looks like Craig Breedlove or someone like him should be driving it on the Bonneville Salt Flats, not on an Indy Car course. Would that thing make street racing any more compelling? Right now I still believe it is extraordinarily ugly, but I have an open mind. Several folks who deserve respect (like John Barnes) believe it could mean a bright future for the entire sport.
Many of us vastly prefer the evolution of the Indy Car as envisioned by Dallara and Swift. I am also anxious to see what Lola has up their sleeve. With that in mind, a good official recommendation to the Indy Car brass is to adopt the Delta Wing, but ONLY under the following condition:
A minimum of one (but preferably two or three others) of the other evolutionary designs must also be allowed on the track with it. We old-timers remember the days early in the rear engine revolution days of the early 1960s. The traditionalists were completely flipped out and had a difficult time accepting anything other than roadsters. Sooner or later all front engine efforts were all gone (except for Jim Hurtubise flights of fancy that made for interesting May weekends), and even more innovation was inspired for many years afterward as rear engine platforms evolved.
A wholesale change to a Delta Wing spec is far too big a risk. Mixing the Delta Wing with an evolution of the present platform WOULD be compelling. The Darwinian nature of the sport would determine what gets accepted in a relatively short amount of time.
Given history over the past couple of decades the most stupid approach possible will likely be pursued, but the new blood Bernard brings offers hope. The single most idiotic thing Delta Wing proponents could possibly do is to stage another palace coup. I hope these folks check their egos for once. Work with Bernard. You got Anton eliminated, and Barnhart looks to be next. Let those be your small victories and think about fans FOR ONCE. Competition among really good, fast drivers is good, but innovation and variety need to creep back in.
Owners, please do not f@*# this up again.