INDYCAR announces contract extension with chassis manufacturer Dallara
INDYCAR has announced a multi-year extension with chassis maker Dallara, continuing its relationship with one of the series’ oldest partners.
The contract parallels current agreements with engine makers Chevrolet and Honda, fostering an era of continuity for the first open-wheel racing series in North America.
“Dallara is a great partner and plays an integral role in everything we do on the racetrack,” said INDYCAR President Jay Frye. “A significant part of the success and growth of the NTT INDYCAR SERIES can be directly attributed to Dallara’s collaboration with our entire paddock.
“This extension provides INDYCAR and its teams with continuity and a stable platform as we look to the future. “
Dallara, an Italian company, first supplied driver safety cells for the INDYCAR SERIES in 1997 and has been the sole chassis supplier since 2008. In 2012, the automaker expanded its business into the United States by opening the he Dallara INDYCAR factory in Speedway, Indiana, where the company produces and assembles chassis for a variety of racing series.
Since 2015, production includes the chassis of the INDYCAR Indy Lights presented by Cooper Tires. In 2018, Dallara started manufacturing the current universal body kit (AK-18) for the NTT INDYCAR SERIES. 2022 marks the 26the consecutive season with INDYCAR.
“Dallara is honored to be a part of this journey for 26 years and over,” said Andrea Pontremoli, CEO of the Dallara Group. “We understand the responsibility that comes with expanding our partnership with INDYCAR over the coming years and are delighted to be a part of this long-term plan.
“As an integrated partner of INDYCAR, we believe that the inspiring leadership of Roger Penske, along with the direction of Jay Frye, has allowed the series to continuously focus on safety while still providing an exciting atmosphere for all. our competitors and fans. .
“This partnership will continue to be aligned with Dallara’s core values and what we want to see our technology and innovation developed for – with an emphasis on safety and sustainability for the future. It’s a big time for INDYCAR, and Dallara is proud to continue as a chassis manufacturer. “
The 2022 NTT INDYCAR SERIES 17-race season kicks off on Sunday February 27 at the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg presented by RP Funding. NBC will provide live coverage of the streets of St. Petersburg as part of a record-breaking 14 races on television next year, including the 106e Indianapolis 500 presented by Gainbridge on Sunday, May 29. All races are also available on the INDYCAR radio network.