While most of the losing bidders have declined to respond officially to Wednesday's announcement that the 2012 IndyCar chassis would be based around a Dallara tub around which other builders will be permitted to prepare aero kits, DeltaWing was the first to issue an official statement in response to the decision. The Ben Bowlby-led group, which was singled out for “innovative thinking” at Wednesday's press conference by Randy Bernard and members of the ICONIC advisory committee, even though its radical delta design was not adopted, expressed its disappointment with the decision and hinted that it may look elsewhere to develop its concept:
“We wish to congratulate the ICONIC Committee and the IZOD IndyCar Series on their decision regarding the 2012 chassis strategy. However, we are extremely disappointed that they have decided to pursue a strategy that does not include the DeltaWing, the company's said in a statement. “The DeltaWing concept was designed to provide a relevant solution to the environmental, economic and social realities that must be addressed by all premier status racing series. We proposed a revolutionary solution that met or exceeded all of the IndyCar Series' criteria for the new car, resulting in a chassis with half the weight, half the drag, half the cost, half the horsepower and half the fuel consumption of the existing IndyCar. This was accomplished with a design that would provide more on-track excitement and performance on every circuit where the IZOD IndyCar Series competes and the potential for 235mph or faster laps at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
“Our many partners and supporters have invested significant time, financial resources and effort into DeltaWing. We want to thank them for their commitment, courage and vision for the future. We have initiated the process of reviewing options for DeltaWing which we will present to our investors, industrial partners and governmental advisors. We will announce our plans for the DeltaWing in the near future.”
Meanwhile, Penske team advisor and four-time Indy 500 winner Rick Mears endorsed the plan to clothe the Dallara tubs in a variety of aero kits as being an effective compromise between reducing costs of participation and promoting chassis diversity and innovation.
“It helps encourage other thinking and that's how you get new ideas,” said Mears of the new rules. “I think it's impossible to go back to what just about everybody says is ‘the good old days.' Those days are gone because of the economy, costs of doing business in this sport and other factors. This scenario is the best of both worlds. It helps contain the costs, keeping it equal for teams and making it easier for new teams to get involved. This will open it up a little like the old days, where people liked to have a little more input in what they want in their cars."