IndyCar and Dallara reach deal over costs
18 January 2013 – IndyCar teams and chassis maker Dallara have finally agreed a deal over the cost of spare parts, following nine months of in-depth discussions. The compromise will see the overall prices drop by 14 percent, with a freeze in place for 15 months.
The series introduced a brand-new chassis in 2012, named the DW12 after the late Dan Wheldon, but mounting costs soon became an issue. The price of spare car parts led to heavy criticism throughout the season and extensive talks took place behind the scenes in order to find a solution. The position of Director Randy Bernard ultimately proved untenable, with his contract being terminated at the end of last year.
In response to the lowered fees, Panther DRR co-owner Dennis Reinbold admitted that although Dallara's changes are not ideal and could have been handled in a more professional manner, he is pleased to draw a line under the matter.
"Personally, I'm happy to move on," he told SPEED. "We have bigger things we need to focus our attention on. It was never going to be perfect, but it's better than no decision like we had all last year. The in-fighting is hopefully now a thing of the past."