• The ALMS GT class currently has very different cars from different manufacturers and still has great racing. Do you plan on using the ALMS/ACO balance of performance system as a model? Do you think a fair balance of performance can be achieved without punishing the manufacturer or team who finds an advantage too harshly?
DW: Looking at 2019, when we plan to open up the rules to different body shapes, different engines, green technologies and things like that, I think you will have to have similar systems of equivalency to what the ALMS has, yes. We have a lot of work to go through to reach that point, but for sure, no one wants to see some device that can lap the field twice by half-distance, so finding the right formula to put very different cars at least on the same playing field has got to be the aim.
• Will Indy car ever challenge F1 as it did in the 1960s and early '90s? Will I at age 54 ever see (in my lifetime) a return to an open formula for chassis and engine innovation that challenges the world?
-J. Todd Anderson
• With fans fleeing this series in droves, when will management realize that spec racing is a fool's errand and return to a more open formula where individuals and teams can participate without, a) having to run a series-mandated engine and chassis package, and b) having to put up with a series that dictates what wing angles and boost levels will be?
• Although IndyCar has achieved remarkable parity with chassis and powerplants, do you envision any diversification from a single chassis and having additional powerplant options?
• Is there any chance that Indy Car will ever open up the series so chassis, engine, and tire manufacturers will compete head to head again? It appears that the series is just cookie-cutter cars and the only variable is the driver.
DW: The answer is yes, diversity is coming, hence the press conference in Detroit. It took a long time to get us to where we are right now, and so it takes us a little longer than is ideal to get us back on the right path, without blowing everyone's budget. We cannot suddenly say – “OK, 2014 is a free-for-all, run what ya brung!” otherwise a lot of these teams just won't be able to afford to compete. Give us time to take what is good from the current situation and steer it in a different direction.
In part 2, Derrick answers your questions on horsepower, engine diversity and potential new manufacturers.