Graham Rahal, aspiring young American IndyCar driver with a lone win and some close calls to his credit, has been on Twitter and Facebook a lot lately pining for what he calls ‘real’ race cars. Predictably, these include defunct Lolas and the DP01. He has been attaching pictures too.
My advice: Forget about obsolete used race cars and move forward. Learn to race effectively in the one we have. Some have better luck with the Dallara DW12 than others, and Graham’s luck has been less than optimum. Meanwhile other young drivers such as Marco Andretti seem to have figured it out. Ryan Hunter-Reay seems to have few problems. The car is plenty racy when the configuration is not horribly micromanaged as it was in Texas.
It is difficult to tell what the problem is with Graham. The team? The driver? It is perplexing, but it is what it is. Right now the rules only allow for the DW12 with Honda or Chevy badges. I would say embrace it. It is my belief that all racing fans would love to see meaningful chassis variety and perhaps that will happen one day. What I hope does NOT happen is regression. Driving cars popular ten or fifteen years or twenty years ago may be nostalgic but is not realistic.
Want to drive a different car? Go talk to Miles and Walker about changing the competitive landscape. Some of the manufacturer options presented during the last round were intriguing. It is my belief that Lights should get a car similar to whatever the IndyCar is or becomes. There is room for improvement in the future, but actually pointing toward the future is what matters. The past deserves its current location in the history books.