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Bespoke aero kits postponed until 2013

The decision won't be universally welcome. In May, Target/Chip Ganassi Racing general manager Mike Hull was reported as saying that he wanted the kits "because I'm tired of racing [identical-]spec cars," adding: "I want bodywork kits. I don't care what it takes." The decision announced at New Hampshire means that he - and the fans - will have to wait another year for them after all.

Dallara may well have to reconsider their own plans about the "default" aero kit and their current testing program, being led by Dan Wheldon and Bryan Herta Autosport. While supplying a 'default' aero kit with which to ship the car is one thing, it's quite another matter altogether if it were to be seen on every car for a full season rather than just one alternative among many. The prototype aero components were recently finalised through wind tunnel testing at the company's headquarters in Parma, Italy.

IndyCar vice president of technology Will Phillips said that they were "extremely pleased" with the first test of the new chassis at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course last week. "Everything performed as we expected in this initial shakedown. All systems were sorted and checked, and we look forward to our next test."

Fifteen further texts are due before Dallara deliver the first early chassis builds to the engine manufacturers Honda, Chevrolet and Lotus in early October, with teams receiving their new cars in December.




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