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06/02/12
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Dallara IndyCar insanely expensive  
Dallara makes all the IndyCars.  Monopoly=no competition=high cost
Michael Andretti said Randy Bernard has made some mistakes and good moves, giving him a better-than-average grade for a very tough job.

Money has been the root of many of the complaints, including costs of a new chassis that are about $500,000 instead of the $350,000 expected and budgeted for by teams.

"When they tell us what things are going to cost, that's what they cost," team owner Chip Ganassi said. "They don't seem to do that. They say what they are going to cost and then when the bill comes it's 40 percent more.

"One of our cars crashed in practice at Indy. It was a $270,000 crash. I've never had a $270,000 crash in NASCAR. That crash a year ago would have cost us $180,000." FoxNews/AP

[Editor's Note: When you sole source anything to a single company and there is no competition, you will always pay more money.  Brian Barnhart wanted to give Dallara the entire car to do and he had done just that and said so.  Then when pushed to the wall on the issue by AR1.com in front of a room full of people in a press conference three years ago (we berated him on the issue of no competition, high cost), he then formed the ICONIC puppet committee that still gave the entire car design and construction to Dallara.  The ICONIC committee did allow for $70K body kits starting next year, so Dallara will lose some of that business.  But although it had many design flaws and handled horribly to start, it does plow a big hole through the air and thus created a lot of artificial passing at Indy, passing the fans loved.]

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