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Dallara plans $7M facility in Speedway for IndyCar

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Italian-based racing company Dallara has won the competition to create the new chassis for the IndyCar Series and plans to open operations in Speedway to build it.

The company's first expansion outside Italy could create more than 80 new jobs in Speedway. Dallara will move into a new, state-of-the-art technology center located on Main Street, investing $7 million into the facility.

Cars will feature a rolling chassis with an enhanced safety cell, and manufacturers will be able to dress the cars in multiple ways.

IndyCar made the announcement Wednesday. IndyCar CEO Randy Bernard said the cars will be ready to go in 18 months.

Dallara also created the current chassis, which has been used since 2003. Five companies bid on the new chassis.

Bernard said Dallara has committed to helping reduce the price of the chassis by 45 percent over the current cost. The main unit will cost $345,000, with a complete package including side pods and wings costing $385,000.

Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels said Dallara has agreed to work with Indiana companies and schools in several unique initiatives.

For starters, Dallara officials agreed to give a $125,000 discount to the first 28 Indiana-based IRL teams to buy a new 2012 chassis.

Dallara also agreed to use Indiana parts suppliers and work with Indiana colleges and universities to continue the advancement of motorsports and their chassis.

Dallara officials present at Wednesday’s press conference also said the Speedway factory could grow, and would include engineering facilities as well as a “state-of-the-art simulator center,” that would be open to teams, drivers and fans.



 

 

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  • Bait and Switch
    After all is said and done the first batch of chassis might be for half price...but the Sapranos love the "Bait and Switch" business that only stinks for awhile.. then its all about dead fish that stank last year.
  • Indy Politics & Racing
    Indy politicians should not decide what races at the Indy 500. Politicians ought to stay out of the racing industry altogether. They can only screw things up.
  • did it fall short?
    Fans were hoping for a panacea that would guarantee open wheel popularity. Won't happen. Costs for the new chassis will aproximate previous costs when all the variables are bought. The more things change, etc.

    The deltawing would have been a debacle. Racing has become so expensive, there's no room for individual innovation, privateering or bootstrapping...all of which made The Old Days more interesting. F1 will likewise someday collapse from bloat. (And all of racing's riches haven't actually made for Better Racing, though there are more races.)
  • Have you
    HAD ENOUGH?!

    This is FAIL on multiple levels. Only Dan Quayle and Tony george could have gotten it wronger.
    • I'll Leave A Comment That Makes Sense
      FAIL
    • I'll Leave A Comment That Makes Sense
      There will be no need for a chassis after 2012 because there will be such thing as Indy Car racing.
    • language
      For the love of Pete, if your going to leave a comment, MAKE SOME SENSE! Those 2 other comments are gibberish! Learn to spell and construct a sentence at least.
    • red car won its ugly
      red car won its ugly yellow should have won it look too much like delta wing and sports car i like the concept but old car could change front wing ends and back wing ends i gust little more change get rid of the bumper the old car looks lot better
    • this is no surprize
      dallara was the riches company team will only buy it any way other company are barely alive it was all marketing r.i.p. mark niver

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