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Franchitti: 'we can fix the car' for 2012

Dario Franchitti is convinced that he and his team will overcome teething problems with the new 2012 IndyCar Safety Cell, insisting: "We can fix it if we're allowed to fix it."
Dario Franchitti is confident that he and his team, Chip Ganassi Racing, will be able to address some of the initial teething problems with the new 2012 IndyCar Safety Cell standardised chassis in time for the sart of the new season at St Petersburg in March.

"I've seen a couple of articles written that talk about the imbalances of the car and stuff," said Franchitti, referring to stories about a weight imbalance on the car on ovals causing oversteer into corners and understeer out of them on high speed ovals, as well as too much aerodynamic drag causing the car to be 10-15mph under the expected speeds.

"Hopefully they can come up with an elegant engineering solution to fixing the problems of the imbalance the car's had," Franchitti continued. "We're starting to fix that ... Scott [Dixon] says they're starting to make some progress now. But for me it's very important that the series allows us to fix the car and to work with the car and not paint us into too tight a box."

Franchitti said that the car as currently configured actually suited his style, but he was aware that it wasn't going to be to everyone's liking.

"It's one thing saying everybody must drive the same stuff, but that's going to suit certain drivers and hurt other drivers. They need to allow that latitude to adjust the car to everybody's different driving styles," he insisted. "The thing about Scott and I, we have such different driving styles, I think we can sort of really give both extremes to the team working on the car."

Franchitti's team boss Chip Ganassi pointed out that the outgoing chassis had taken two year or more to bed in as well and agreed that everybody has questions about the new car.

"This new car is somewhat of a revolution. It might take a little extra time to get it what I would say right for everybody, not necessarily right for just one or two teams," he said. "I don't think anybody is saying anybody's perfect here or everybody is imperfect. It's just a process we have to go working through. The mere fact that the car didn't come out of the box at the current performance level of a car that's been being developed for 12 years, I don't think that's the end of the world. We just need to buckle down and get to work on it.

"Having been in the sport a long time, you just need a dose of reality every once in a while," he continued. "With a new car, they don't fall off the truck and set new lap records right out of the box. I mean, you have to take your time and work into that slowly, do the right thing. They take a little tweaking sometimes, ie every car in the past. That's all."

"We can fix this, we can fix the car," insisted Franchitti. "We've done it before, as Chip says. All the teams have done it before. We can fix it if we're allowed to fix it. Hopefully we can do that."

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Dario Franchitti in the Ganassi pit area before heading out for practice on the streets of Toronto. July 2011. [Picture credit: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media]
Dan Wheldon back in a modern-era Target Chip Ganassi car - it could only happen at Goodwood`s Festival of Speed, sadly. [Picture credit: Steve Shunck for IndyCar Media]
Target Chip Ganassi Racing Team Owner and Nine-Time INDYCAR Champion Chip Ganassi and Four-Time INDYCAR Champion Dario Franchitti with the IZOD IndyCar Series World Championship Trophy. [Photo credit: LAT Photography]
Ganassi team mates Scott Dixon and Dario Franchitti talk during qualifying at Kentucky Speedway [Photo credit: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media]
Dan Wheldon takes the new 2012 Dalara IndyCar Safety Cell/chassis on its maiden on-track shakedown at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course. August 2011. [Photo credit: Michael Levitt LAT for IndyCar Media]
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Dan Wheldon at the wheel of the 2012 IndyCar Safety Cell during summer testing of the new chassis at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. [Photo credit: Walt Kuhn]
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