Dallara says IndyCar race cars are 'open cock pit'

Dallara broke ground in Speedway in November of 2010 after signing a deal with IZOD to make chassis for the Indy Racing League starting in 2012.

Could the death of Dan Weldon have been prevented?  It is a question haunting Dallara manufacturing's CEO and General Manager Stefano de Ponti.

"I was watching the race in the pit, watching it on the big screen and obviously everyone realized what a huge accident it was," said de Ponti.

Dallara broke ground in Speedway in November of 2010 after signing a deal with IZOD to make chassis for the Indy Racing League starting in 2012.  

The chassis are said to be less expensive, at the same time safer than the ones in the 34 cars racing Sunday.

"You learn from experience, obviously you don't need experience with something like that, but you can never stop learning and moving in the right direction,” said de Ponti.  “I am sure we will discuss with everyone, with Indy Car, with the racers, with the teams and share some ideas of what we can do to make this sport safer."

De Ponti said the racing community lost a great man, a true ambassador of the sport.  De Ponti will not speculate whether driving the 2012 car would have saved Wheldon's life.  Wheldon did drive Dallara’s 2012 prototype of the 2012 car.  

The manager of Dallara called Indy Cars, "open cock pit," but added continued safety steps are being taken.

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