The 2012 season of the IndyCar Series was remarkable due to implementation of new ICONIC concept (Innovative, Competitive, Open-wheel, New, Industry-relevant, Cost-effective), the biggest change of the technical side in the series history. The Dallara IR-05 car, used in IRL since 2005, and normally aspirated V8 engines (required since 1997) were permanently retired. New chassis was introduced – Dallara technically known as IR12, and renamed as DW12 in the honor of Dan Wheldon, who tested new chassis in 2011 and lost his life in the 15-car crash at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, the final round of the 2011 season. According new ICONIC regulations, all teams will compete with a core rolling chassis, called the “IndyCar Safety Cell” supplemented with aero kit. Under ICONIC plan, the aerokits which consist of front and rear wings, sidepods, and engine cowlings is open to any manufacturer, with all packages to be made available to all teams. New engine formula introduced the return of turbochargers for the first time since the IRL 1996 and Champ Car 2007 seasons respectively. The newly-revolutionary third generation fuel-efficient engines are single and twin-turbocharged engines, tuned to produce a range of 550–700 horsepower (410–520 kW) with a 12,000 RPM limit. The maximum engine displacement was reduced from 3.5 to 2.2 litres (214 to 134 cubic inches), the number of cylinders were scaled-down from eight to six and the engine shape will remain V-shaped.
New Zealander Scott Dixon and Scottish Dario Franchitti teamed in Chip Ganassi Racing since the non-championship race at Surfers’ Paradise at the end of 2008 and raced together five full seasons in 2009 – 2013 until Franchitti’ retirement from motor racing. In first three years of their partner confrontation Franchitti was more successful winning IndyCar titles in 2009, 2010, and 2011 (Dixon was runner-up in 2009 and third in 2010 and 2011). In 2012-13 Dixon took the revenge winning the championship in 2013 and finishing 3rd in 2012 (Franchitti was 10th and 7th, respectively). As to 2012 season, the most important event for Daio was his 3rd win in the Indianapolis 500. Franchitti’s car number was changes to No. 50 for Indianapolis 500 from his regular No. 10 in celebration of Target’s 50th anniversary. It was his only win of the season and the last of his career.
|2012||IndyCar Series||Indianapolis 500|
|Dario Franchitti||50||Chip Ganassi Racing|
|Dallara DW12 (IR12)||Honda||Target|