But Chevrolet and Honda have already invested heavily in starting to develop the aero kits - Honda signed former F1 car design company Wirth Research last September to help develop their aero kits - and it's unlikely there would be any savings from postponing the programme by a year. Of course, it's more likely that the owners are actually eyeing the outright cancellation of the aero kits from the series.
In the meantime, the teams are using the default kits from Dallara that come with the purchased DW12 chassis - and as team owner Dennis Reinbold points out, the standard-issue kits seem to be doing very nicely already, thank you very much.
“We've got a really good race car right now and the competition level is good so it's just an extra expense we don't need," Reinbold told SPEED.com
Fans might have other thoughts on the matter, however, and even IndyCar team members have not been fully in-line with the owners' cost-centric thoughts on the matter. In May 2011, Target/Chip Ganassi Racing general manager Mike Hull was reported as saying that he wanted the kits "because I'm tired of racing spec cars," adding: "I want bodywork kits. I don't care what it takes."
Coming so soon after the 'conspiracy' talk about the owners wanting to eject Bernard from his job, this latest potential rift also runs the risk of looking like the internal divisions within the series merely being continued under a different guise.