Penske Racing has denied any wrongdoing in response to the continuing grumbling over its front suspension setup. The Indy Racing League's announcement of a Technical Review Committee to ensure communication between teams was followed by Target Chip Ganassi Racing's managing director Mike Hull stating: “We were clearly misled and maybe lied to…We were told in August 2008 that ride control could not be used and if it was found it would be taken off.”
However, RACER has learned that the reason Ganassi's proposal was rejected was because it would have involved a third damper on the anti-roll bar. It is believed that what Team Penske – along with KV Racing, Andretti Autosport, HVM Racing and possibly others – is using is a bump-rubber under the anti-roll bar to prevent the car bottoming out.
Tim Cindric, Penske team president, stated in his RACER.com column, “After the first few races, people were questioning our anti-roll bar setup even though it has been in existence, on our cars and many of our competitors', since road and street course racing was introduced to the IndyCar Series, and we certainly hadn't seen this type of success until Will [Power] showed up. So I guess you could say he is our “unfair advantage” at these tracks because he can only drive one car at a time.”
Cindric also stated: “Whenever someone dominates the way that Will has in the first four events, especially when you drive for Roger, there are some people who will look for reasons to discredit them. I think you could've given him anyone's suspension setup in St. Pete and the results would've been similar, as he is simply that good at that type of track.”
A rival team manager stated: “I'm not sure what the problem is, to be honest. Are they saying that only the No. 12 car [Power's] has got a trick suspension? Because that's the only one that's looking dominant. Helio [Castroneves] and [Ryan] Briscoe have looked pretty average this year – or certainly beatable, at least.
He added: “It's funny that all the complaints about the cost of trick suspension have stopped now, too. You know why that is? It's because a bump-rubber is a lot cheaper than a new floor, which is what we'd be tearing up if we tried to race without one on our street courses!”
Meanwhile, an ex-Indy car driver commented: “You only needed to watch Power from 2007 onward to know he was going to be like a cork out of a champagne bottle as soon as he got in a strong car. The guy's just always on it, and now he's shaken up the sort of hierarchy that used to reign at the top of IndyCar. Some of those drivers that are looked at as Indy car aces are being shown up, or they're making mistakes trying to match him.”