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GM and Honda only want 10 IndyCars each  There seems to be a perception that Honda and GM would willingly supply half the 2012 IndyCar field if Judd doesn’t have enough customers.

“Ideally we’d like to see an even distribution between the three of us but 10 cars would be good for us,” said GM's Kent. “We’re subsidizing every engine and we want to do our fair share but adding cars (past 10) just adds to the negative cash flow.”

Honda's Erik Berkman was even more direct: “I’m not planning on supplying more than 10 engines. We’re not making any money and each additional engine would cost us something and I don’t want half the field.”

But the Honda boss also claims he doesn’t want a stacked deck.

“I don’t believe it’s in the best interest of Honda or the INDYCAR series to cherry pick all the best teams,” he said.

Which is exactly what INDYCAR would like to see and it’s looking like that might happen, although it’s still unclear how to make sure Judd winds up with at least one big gun.

“Our best interests are to make sure all the top teams are not in one camp and I don’t think that’s going to happen,” said Phillips. “But we still have to leave it to the teams and manufacturers to sort it out.” SPEEDTV.com

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