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New IndyCar may be ready for 2012
IndyCar officials begin hearing presentations from five potential chassis manufacturers today in Indianapolis, a three-day run of meetings aimed toward an announcement by June 30. Details of those meetings are confidential due to agreements signed by the seven committee members, but Bernard is more confident than ever that new cars will be in place with the new engines for the 2012 season. "We've made significant progress," he said. "Before we were 50-50 (with odds to implement) for 2012, today we're probably 70-30."

Series CEO Randy Bernard said Saturday that the committee will hear presentations in Indianapolis from chassis manufacturers on Sunday, Monday and Tuesday, then begin deliberations. He wouldn't go into details about the design.

The presentations from the potential chassis manufacturers come only days after the IndyCar Series announced their engine strategy for the future, and opening up the process to a variety of manufacturers and configurations for the 2012 season.

"About 2 1/2 months ago, we decided one of the biggest decisions that IndyCar would make in this decade would be their next car," said Bernard, who became the league's new CEO in March. "We feel it's very important to maintain our position as the fastest and most versatile racing car in the world. "

While Bernard and committee members couldn't discuss specifics about the chassis because of confidentiality agreements, they didn't rule out the possibility that the series could allow multiple chassis like was common in the past, and similar to what will happen with the engines.

The new engine platform calls for the ethanol-fueled engines to be up to six cylinders, allow turbocharging and produce between 550 and 700 horsepower, depending on the type of course the series is racing.

"This process has been a very diligent one.," Bernard said. "Our time process has been very short because there isn't a lot of time. There's been debate, but there's been decisions. "

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