IndyCar Dallara contract has been extended – New chassis deal remains through 2020
DETROIT (Thursday, Jan. 12, 2017) – The first step in revealing INDYCAR’s next equipment generation comes in the form of signing Dallara, the sport’s longtime chassis manufacturer, to a contract extension, officials announced today at the North American International Auto Show.
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The multiyear agreement calls for Dallara, an Italian company with a U.S. base in Speedway, Ind., to continue providing driver safety cells to the Verizon IndyCar Series through the 2020 season. The 2017 season marks Dallara’s 20th anniversary in U.S.-based open-wheel racing.
“Dallara’s continued participation in our sport provides INDYCAR and our competitors a tremendous amount of confidence,” said Jay Frye, INDYCAR president, competition and operations. “Dallara has been an instrumental partner in the Verizon IndyCar Series for 20 years and we are excited to extend our relationship with them.”
INDYCAR will soon unveil plans for new bodywork giving the Dallara IR-12 chassis a fresh appearance for the 2018 season. Also, teams will be given more flexibility and control over parts for their cars.
“The signature of this contract is a natural extension of an intensive working relationship that has been continuing since 1997,” said Giampaolo Dallara, founder and president of Dallara Automobili. “We are pleased to continue to contribute to the great success that this series deserves.”
Founded in 1972 near Parma, Italy, Dallara has an enviable record of success around the world, designing and manufacturing cars for a range of different motorsports series and formulas. Dallara began its INDYCAR affiliation in 1997.
“We are all working together for a common goal and this is the reason why the possibility to work more closely with the teams excites us,” said Andrea Pontremoli, CEO and general manager of Dallara Automobili. “We want to contribute concretely to their success and to that of the series.”
INDYCAR is the governing body of the Verizon IndyCar Series, the premier open-wheel racing series in North America, and the Mazda Road to Indy development ladder, which includes: Indy Lights presented by Cooper Tires, the Pro Mazda Championship presented by Cooper Tires and the Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship powered by Mazda. INDYCAR events are available to a worldwide audience through a variety of multimedia platforms, highlighted by long-term and broad-reaching partnerships with ABC and NBCSN.
INDYCAR is continually at the forefront of motorsports innovation with drivers, teams and tracks benefiting from safety and technological improvements such as the SAFER Barrier, SWEMS wheel and chassis component tethers, chassis enhancements, advanced aerodynamic bodywork kits, high-definition in-car cameras and E85 ethanol fuel.
About Dallara USA
Dallara cemented its commitment to the American market in July of 2012 when it opened its American headquarters and engineering center in Speedway, Indiana, just a short distance away from Indianapolis.
A few steps from the legendary Indianapolis Motor Speedway, home of the famous Indy 500, the Dallara IndyCar Factory is a multifunctional center for research and development. This 9500 m2 location was not only built to support the IndyCar program, but it was also intended to meet the growing demand for American automotive consultancy. It came to provide specialized consultancy for other highly innovative sectors, such as aerospace.