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04/08/10
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Will another open wheel war erupt?  Q: Initially it seemed like reports from you and other reputable sources (obviously nobody associated with ESPN) didn't give the DW a chance for being selected because of the timeline factor - officials would like a selection made by the end of May, but DW wouldn't have a full mach up until August. However, at least DW had something to unveil at Chicago while the other contestants have only submitted paper drawings. So how does the timeline put DW at a disadvantage if it seems like they have done just as much, if not more, than the other chassis designers? Also, how much does the creation and composition of the ICONIC committee factor in to the DW design being selected? I would think that since Brian Barnhart (barf - sorry, I get disgusted just writing his name) is now only one member on a seven member committee, his obvious bias to Dallara and incompetence should be minimized. Finally, if the DW is not chosen, what kind of rift would that create within the ICS? It seems like a lot of heavy hitters (team owners and drivers) are supportive of the DW concept. With so many positive developments recently, I would hate for everything to go to waste if the owners revolt and have another split. Kyle PpppppPpp RM: You raise a good point in that the Delta Wing appears to be way ahead of the competition, but I guess the concern is that until it's been track tested and proven, nobody wants to pull the trigger and make it the car of tomorrow. But if most of the owners and Firestone are behind the DW, then things get real interesting if it gets shot down. Obviously, open wheel could not take another war. Not even a small uprising. But I hope Ben Bowlby's overall concept will be embraced. Miller's Mailbag, 4.7 - SPEEDtv.com Zzzz Sent via BlackBerry by AT&T
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