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Dallara to distribute new DW12 chassis

Auto RacingDan Wheldon

Italian automaker Dallara plans to distribute its new IZOD IndyCar Series chassis Thursday.

The chassis has been designated DW12 in honor of the late Dan Wheldon who logged around 2,000 miles in the new design.

The DW12 chassis features many improvements over the current version including new aerodynamic kits, increased driver safety, and a lower cost.

According to IZOD IndyCar representatives the rolling chassis will cost $349,000, with aero kits running a maximum of $70,000 for each kit. 

The kits must be approved by the racing series before production and will be made available to all teams.

The new DW12 chassis is nearly 200 pounds lighter than the current car, weighing in at 1,380 pounds.

IZOD IndyCar teams will visit the Dallara plant in Speedway Thursday afternoon to pick up the new Safety Cell portion of the chassis.

The Safety Cell features improved visibility, head, leg and back protection as well as advanced padding and ergonomics.

Another significant safety change is the wheel interlock prevention system. It will allow cars to run side-by-side while limiting the chase for cars locking wheels and getting airborne.

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