On October 16th the IndyCar sport suffered a great tragedy when one of its greatest drivers, Dan Wheldon, was killed during a race. His passing was felt throughout the world, affecting members in nearly every motorsport. In order to praise his valour Izod has named their new 2012 vehicle, the Dw12, after him, continuing the tradition after his death.
To be used by champion Dario Franchitti for the first time, the seat has been in testing at the Sebring International Raceway for quite some time. In fact, as Autoweek suggests, the chassis was helped along by the late driver in the weeks leading up to his death. It is therefore not surprising that the IndyCar team would want to thank the driver for his effort in its development.
The driving champion has recently stated that the death has been taught on everyone in the sport. While the timing for the tragedy was not good, he wanted to show his support by being included in the important process. One of his closest friends, Franchitti has been greatly affected by his colleagues death but still races on in his name.
Autoweek has stated that testing of this new vehicle has begun and will continue to the end of the year. The driving champion has been doing a great deal of testing on the track, including spending some time in the new Honda while his adversary Ryan Hunter-Reay was seen in a Chevrolet.
The new car needs a great deal more testing before it can be put to use. Developed by Trevor Knowles suggested that the drop from 8 to 6 cylinders has created a rather new beast, one that will use a new turbocharged system as well. In many ways that have created an entirely new car out of the simple chassis design, hopefully allowing them to win more races.
This is one of many cars that are currently being tested for the 2012-year. On the Mazda Road to Indy program nearly 30 new vehicles have been potted trying out their new vehicles. While pictures of these vehicles remain scares, sources do confirm that there are plenty of exciting features to look forward to.
While this season is still in full swing, it looks like the 2012 season will be something to look forward to as well. Let us hope that there aren’t any more accidents this year and that we may once more enjoy fast and exhilarating racing.