Dario said that he was genuinely enjoying the challenge of getting the new car into shape, after so many years of the series relying on the same old tried-and-tested equipment that everyone had come to know inside out.
"It's been fun and a little frustrating, too," he said, having not had the chance to take the new car out in track since November. "I really have enjoyed - fully expected to - working with Honda again, tweaking the bits and pieces, working on all those areas we know we'll need to get right to be competitive. That's been a lot of fun."
As well as the new chassis, there's also the return to the series of multiple engine manufacturers to the competition, which should add a fascinating new dimension to the series in 2012.
"With the manufacturer race that's coming up as well with Lotus, Chevy and Honda, I'm excited about that part of it," Franchitti said. "It's going to be interesting to see who gets it right, who doesn't get it so right, so closely they're going to be matched. That's one part of it. I have total faith in the Target team they'll get as much as they possibly can out of this car."