Dallara comes to aid of IRL

December 12, 2008
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dallaraIn an effort to reduce costs for Indy Racing League teams during the 2009 season, Dallara will lower the price of parts for its IRL chassis.

The manufacturer plans to reduce the cost of general and specific spare parts, including items such as wishbones, wings and radiators, between 8 percent and 20 percent. Dallara estimates the average team savings will be approximately 11 percent compared to 2008. The new prices will be available to teams when the 2009 catalog is released Jan. 10.

Dallara, which has been providing chassis to IRL teams since 1997, is the series’ sole chassis maker. A new Dallara chassis capable of oval and road racing costs about $580,000. That price will not be reduced. Today's announcement is only in regards to parts. On average, an IRL team spent $500,000 on chassis parts in 2008, said a league source.

Some within the series recently had complained the Italian company had gotten greedy and was overcharging IRL teams. There was a plea in some circles for Dallara to act like a true IRL partner and cut prices on its parts 30 percent to 50 percent. Some have also called for Honda to drop its $1.3 million price tag for engines.

“Everybody knows that this is a difficult time, and we have to do our best now to help the teams,” said Andrea Toso, IRL project leader for Dallara. “If we can help the teams go through this difficult time, it is in the best interest of the manufacturers, the series and the teams. If we don’t do anything now, maybe one year from now it’s too late. We hope that all suppliers and partners will understand this initiative and follow suit.”

"They are just going out of their way to do what they can to ensure the stability of the [IRL] series beginning in 2009,” said Brian Barnhart, IRL president of competition and operations.
  • It's about time. C'mon Honda, it's your turn ... and Firestone.
  • $580k for a roller? :lol: And people complain about poorly made, overpriced American cars?!?
    Their catalog must be a riot to leaf through. Kinda pathetic that the earl is shaking down the few suppliers they have. If their excuse for a product was actually viable, they wouldn't need to resort to classless idiocy, but that's the FTG way.
    Giancarlo should've told him to get bent, but he's probably laughing all the way to a fleet of new yachts just on the spares, even at a discount. He's probably pissed that they are dropping so many ovals. :lol:
  • Stan,

    Here we go again seeing your vent with your twisted logic, pathetic bent on everything connected to open wheel racing and your senseless rants. Please go away and resume your position as being a worthless part of a boar hog.
  • I hear that Falcon parts are also discounted.
  • Interesting that NASCAR teams are shedding jobs faster than Wall Street, and you never hear any word about suppliers trying to ease the load. On the other hand you have the IRL actually adding cars and few job losses.
  • meineke should be your title sponsor, since you have to put mufflers on the garbagewagons you call race cars
  • SSD,

    I am sure your comments make sense to someone. Just more of the haters trying to find anything to complain about.
  • What cars has the TBA EARL added?
  • Stan,

    Here we go again seeing your vent with your twisted logic, pathetic bent on everything connected to open wheel racing and your senseless rants. Please go away and resume your position as being a worthless part of a boar hog.

    That's grate. :lol: You can't say anything at all about the substance of either the article or my post, so you resort to psychotic name calling. Yet you want everyone you don't like banned. Do you see any hypocrisy in your actions? That trait seems endemic in both the filthy 'league' and its very few fans.
  • Falcon ... that's a good one. LOL. I think you can get those (did they make more than one?) on the clearance aisle at Wal-Mart.
  • HVM is adding a second car.
  • Link. And you said cars. One additional car does not offset the losses.
  • Stan:

    What substance? You never offer anything with any worth, always criticism and sarcasm. And you say to equate you to a nipple on a boar hog is psychotic. That's a stretch by any one's imagination since that implies that your comments are as the analogy implies - worthless.
    And where did I say you should be banned? I merely said to shut up and go away unless you could offer anything positive, which you never do. The IRL is the best we have, like it or not, and your worthless drivel changes nothing and offers no alternatives. I would prefer to stay positive when it comes to the IRL as hard as it may be sometimes. Lastly, your comments about Tony George are nothing short of outright defamation. So, like I said before, take a shut up pill and go away!
  • What, don't trust me, or is it that you are too lazy to type in HVM adds second car in Google?

    Here is the link.


    There are several other deals brewing, but none have been announced. The talk is that the IRL will benefit from a departure of advertisers from NASCAR as they try to find less expensive forms of advertising. Expect to see several former NASCAR advertisers to announce IRL deals.
  • Expect to see several former NASCAR advertisers to announce IRL deals.

    That's a good one! I'll keep watching for those Rubicon and Yellow Ribbon Racing announcements....
  • OMG! Berwick guy strikes again! :lol:

    the talk is... word in the paddock is... reliable sources say...

    Is your name Jim? Do you sell used snowmobiles in Alaska?

    The IRL - An answer to a question nobody asked.
  • Duh Full of Hooey:

    Go away, lowly troll.
  • With the yen to dollar to euro trade in Dallara's favor and the two tub and multiple parts replacements per race weekend, the eyetallians are still making a killing. Although with Marty no longer needed to prop up the less than stellar field, they will take a small hit there.
  • And now Tony is closing the motel for good? WOW, that is a step in the right direction. :lol:
  • Eagledale needs a new strip mall and the Sagamoran has plenty of land that is woefully under utilized and misappropriated - I mean do you really need two and a half miles for slot cars when Tony Kanaan, the greatest American driver ever, calls the results of the visions boring
  • SouthSideSlut:

    Troll on, girl wonder.
  • can you please cease with the name calling. we're trying to have an adult conversation here.
  • no kidding. berwickgirl is out of line again. could it be anthony in disguise? :eek:
  • SSD and Duh Hooey:

    You wouldn't know an adult conversation if it came to you in a vision. Oh, gee, did I use the V word, for shame.....Hey an idea for both of you, how about a nice enema? That way you'll be relieved of your constipation, headaches, ugly thoughts, and, best of all, your delerium!

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