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Many Cars Entered for IndyCar Race, but Not Enough Engines: A Fan’s Reaction
The IndyCar IZOD series will be kicking off the season with a street race in St. Petersburg, Florida. It is expected that there will be a minimum of 25 entrants, but that number could rise to a maximum of 33 entrants. This is great for the series. Unfortunately, there is one big problem with having this many entrants.
With this many entrants, the team owners are having trouble getting the engine manufacturers to supply all the teams. There are currently only three engine manufacturers, Lotus, Honda and Chevrolet, and the individual teams need to contract with one of them to get their engines. Unfortunately, some of the later teams are having trouble getting contracts.
For the 2012 season, each of the three manufacturers are required to supply engines to at least 10 cars. Though Chevrolet has already gotten 10 cars and Honda has eight lined up but expects to hit 10, that just leaves Lotus, which only has five cars lined up. Though Lotus plans to reach 10, it may not be able to do so in time.
Chevrolet and Honda have indicated that they may be willing to increase the number of cars from 10 to 12. This may not be any help right now, however. As with Lotus, it would be difficult to provide the engines in time. One of the main problems with the engine contracts is that the manufacturers lose a significant amount of money on each engine.
It is unfortunate that the teams can be all set with sponsors, drivers and crew members, but then the team cannot race because none of the three engine manufacturers would contract with the team. If the manufacturers cannot, in some combination, fulfill contracts with all teams that are ready to race, then there needs to be more manufacturers added or the rules need to change. Some of the problem could be attributed to the late additions of the teams, but still there is no excuse for calls not being returned or outright denials. Hopefully IndyCar can step in to help with the issues with the engines so that all the teams that are otherwise capable of fielding a team can get engines and race at St. Petersburg.
Kristin Watt has been a fan of motorsports since she was a young girl and she watched NASCAR races with her mother. That love of NASCAR quickly evolved into a great enjoyment of many different motorsports including everything from local dirt track action to the prestigious 24 Hours of Le Mans to the adrenaline rush of the extreme motocross events. She has been following motorsports for many years.
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