Penske complains: IndyCar now too Spec-Racing
Uniform chassis with uniform aerodynamics do not suit Penske: After a weak start to the season, first complaints are coming up
The abolition of aerodynamics competition has turned the ranking in the IndyCar series upside down. According to the results of the season opener, Penske seems to be on the losing side, although various factors have contributed to the team’s weak result. But the training sessions have already shown that the times when Penske drove everything to the ground and the opponents could only benefit from yellow phases are over for the time being.
Not surprisingly, the team of the “Captain” is not very enthusiastic about this result. Team boss Tim Cindric thinks that IndyCar has returned too much to a single car: “If IndyCar wants to continue to be perceived as the highest form of motorsport in the USA, then you should have opportunities to distinguish yourself from the others”, he mocks in an interview with’Motorsport-Total.com’ “If you want a spec car, then go into the smaller classes, go for it.
The manufacturer aerokits have been abolished due to the high costs. But he does not want to accept the cost argument: “When we joined the IRL in 2001, there was rigorous cost control, but as a team we could still make a difference. It wasn’t too expensive and you had an advantage for one or two races that you worked out before the others caught up. We’re not talking about wings or side boxes, but about wing mirrors or wing end plates. Now we don’t have that anymore.”
Is Spec really cheaper?
“The more you standardise cars, the more money you have to invest in the right driver,” he continues: “In my opinion, many discussions in motorsport are far too short. The only difference between the Dallara IR-12 at the moment is the engines and several small parts under the body, some of which have only been released for development this season (for example stabilizers).
Cindric regrets that the real idea IndyCar had at the beginning of the decade when the then still called Dallara DW12 chassis was introduced was never implemented: “The original plan was that all Chevy and Honda teams would start at the same level, but there would be areas where the teams could make a difference. Then the aerokit idea was implemented completely differently than originally planned and only the manufacturers made a difference. The teams were tied by the hand. “That made it much less interesting than promised at the presentation.”
He suggests to IndyCar a way that the current leadership wants to go anyway: “We have to keep the costs under control and the number of participants at the current level. But IndyCar should consider liberalising more areas instead of standardising. If you want to be perceived as the top class in this country, Spec-Racing is not the right way. There must be opportunities to set oneself apart. “Otherwise there won’t be any overtaking manoeuvres, which the guy in the stands won’t think is cool either.”