CHAMPCAR/CART: Owners Ask for Chassis Freeze

CART Owners to Ask for Chassis Design Freeze by Marc Sproule In a move to stop the escalation of costs and speed, CART team owners apparently reached a tentative agreement to ask for a freeze on chassis design. They will ask that...

CART Owners to Ask for Chassis Design Freeze by Marc Sproule In a move to stop the escalation of costs and speed, CART team owners apparently reached a tentative agreement to ask for a freeze on chassis design. They will ask that chassis constructors be banned from designing new chassis, starting with the 2000 season.

Walker Racing owner Derrick Walker talked about the call for the ban on new designs. "Chassis these days are evolutionary rather than revolutionary. That means there's less need to go out and buy brand-new cars at the beginning of every season, especially for new teams.

"We're probably the only racing series in the world which literally throws away #25 million [$40 million] worth of chassis at the end of each season. The cars just go straight in the dustbin. That's ridiculous."

Adrian Fernandez of Patrick Racing qualified on the front row at Homestead with a year-old Reynard. Walker cited this as justification for the ban on new designs. "Top teams will continue to buy new cars, but there's no reason a team can't be competitive with older equipment."

CART has not responded to the owners' request.

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Adrian Fernandez