Dallara has confirmed its 2012 IndyCar will be called DW12 to honor the memory of the late Dan Wheldon.
The Briton, who was killed during the IndyCar season finale at Las Vegas, had helped develop the new car from the Italian manufacturer before his fatal accident.
"As an homage to the work he (Wheldon) did, we've decided to dedicate the 2012 IndyCar Dallara to him, and from today it will be called the DW12," Gian Paolo Dallara told Autosprint.
Dallara also denied suggestions that Wheldon was taking unnecessary risks to win the race and the prize money at offer.
"That's shameless rubbish," he said. "Wheldon was a professional racing driver, not a daredevil. He had a sense of limit.
"In Kentucky, in a similar situation, he started last and finished 15th. And, besides, he had just agreed with Team Andretti to race for them in 2012, so he had nothing to prove to anyone."