Ganassi takes issue but holds judgment
IndyCar Series team owner Chip Ganassi is reserving judgment on the recent decision for the new Indy car chassis in 2012, but it's clear he has some issue with the process.
The IRL announced last week that its seven-member committee, known as the ICONIC Committee, selected Dallara as the chassis supplier for the new car out of five companies that submitted proposals.
"I don't know what to say about it," Ganassi said Monday. "They had one driver representative [Gil de Ferran] on the committee and I spoke to him one time for 10 minutes. That was the only contact I had with the committee.
"I don't know what they were told to do or how to go about doing it. I don't have much information. I don't know what they were assigned to do."
One of the proposals not selected was the Delta Wing, a design group that worked with Ganassi's IndyCar organization. The Delta Wing car, which has a long narrow nose and a wing-like sweeping back with semi-enclosed wheels, was the most futuristic-looking design of all the proposals.
Part of the new plan for 2012 is to allow manufacturers to present their own designs for the body of the car (wings, sidepods and engine cover), but those designs must meet IRL approval. While specific rules haven't been announced, league officials said a Delta Wing design would not meet those specifications.
"I'm looking forward to seeing what the rules are," Ganassi said. "I was not a part of putting together the committee and they were not allowed to talk to us. I assume they did what they were told to do and we'll go race with that.
"But I haven't seen any rules yet. You have to have a rulebook first. When there is something tangible, I'll be happy to opine more about it."
Terry Blount is a senior writer for ESPN.com.