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Old 01-02-2012, 10:27 PM
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Dallara officials said the company will absorb the costs associated with producing new suspension components for the DW12 in an effort to optimize the weight distribution of the new car, especially for superspeedways.

"As requested by INDYCAR, Dallara will design an alternative set of suspensions to move back 2 inches the front wheels and 1 inch the rear wheels,” head of research and development Andrea Toso said.

“Both front and both rear suspensions will be available for the teams from the catalog and can be utilized in any combination front to rear at all the events. Teams will take delivery of their cars with the current set of suspensions and, should they decide to start the season with the alternative set, they can get free of charge replacement based on the return of the current set."

Also, wind tunnel testing will be conducted in early January -- comparing data from the 2011 Indianapolis 500 car of Target Chip Ganassi Racing and the new car – in an effort to resolve superspeedway aerodynamic drag issues exhibited in the chassis validation and engine manufacturer development.

Fifteen teams picked up their first chassis Dec. 15 at the new Dallara facility on Main Street in Speedway, Ind. The cost of the car (minus engine, wheels, driver’s seat and steering wheel and battery) is $385,800. Dallara is expected to produce 60 chassis before the start of the season March 25 on the streets of St. Petersburg, Fla. The next 15 will be ready for pick-up Jan. 15.

The universal chassis were shipped from Dallara Automobili's facility in Parma, Italy, to its temporary building in Speedway, Ind. -- across the street from its new technology center. Entrants not based in Indiana -- A.J. Foyt Racing, Team Penske, Michael Shank Racing and Rahal Letterman Lanigan -- will take delivery in the morning. Others will follow in the afternoon.

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