Some more turbulence is right around the corner in the world of automobile racing.
Soon after the checkered flag fell on an epic Indy 500 finish – thanks to Chevrolet – in the IndyCar series, voices started to rise.
The race on track was superb, electrifying. Audience ratings were just as high as the speeds the car reached.
But 24 hours after the finish, unhappy competitors started to voice their opinion.
Some team owners started lobbying to get series' boss Randy Bernard out.
Why? Because according to them, Bernard failed twice to the task. First, Chevrolet still cannot not get over the fact that Bernard allowed Honda to tweak its turbo a few weeks before Indy.
At Indianapolis, it seemed Honda had a better engine in the top end, than Chevrolet did. That's why Chevy cars have won all the road races and Honda, quite easily, took the win in the most prestigious event of the season.
Furthermore, owners are furious about the exclusive new chassis used in the series, the Dallara DW12: in the end, it will cost them much more than the announced $350,000 announced by Bernard. That's not even factoring the aero kits in, which the teams will have to buy at $70,000 each.
Many teams are probably also mad at Bernard because he gave Lotus the green light to become an official engine supplier, probably knowing the small manufacturer wouldn't get the job done: every team powered by Lotus at the start of the season has now given up on its V6.
Well, not quite everyone. Simona de Silvestro and Jean Alesi
had to stick to their respective contract and race the Indy 500
with an engine that, by any stretch, was not up to the task; after only 10 laps – seven minutes or so of racing – they were called back into pits by the officials, who were deemed too slow.
So, will Randy Bernard be forced to walk out? If the pressure keeps building up, he simply will have to. Follow the story on Auto123.com Racing.