Paul Tracy questioned the logic behind the new 2012 IndyCar, prototypes of which were revealed for the first time in Indianapolis yesterday, in an interview with the Toronto Sun. The Canadian, who is still attempting to put together sponsorship to expand on his limited IZOD IndyCar Series schedule this year with the Dragon and Dreyer & Reinbold teams, reckons the new car will make it even harder to justify a program to potential backers.
“Bringing in this new chassis will add from $1.5 to $2 million to each team's budget per car,” Tracy told the Sun. “I am thinking it's going to be hard trying to explain to potential sponsors why the price went up so dramatically.”
Although he agreed that it would be useful to move away from the spec car model that has turned off many fans, Tracy thinks the league's current plans are too big a leap in the current economic climate.
"Sure it would be nice to have different chassis in the series,” Tracy said. “But to ask every team to buy all new equipment at once is a little much.”