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Wind Tunnel: Wind Tunnel: Guest host Robin Miller chats with Tony Cotman, Project Manager for 2012 IndyCar season.
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After serving -- -- -- team management team greens as well respected mechanic Tony got was terribly distraught -- champ car in 2005. There introduce standing starts promoted push to pass instilled some much needed common sense of the race control. He also ushered in the series' new car the Panos DPO one and 2007 but good success before open wheel racing became unified making that car obsolete. And -- W racing series company currently serves as Indy cars. Indy Lights chief Steward and recently -- -- IndyCar CEO Randy Bernard to right to complex chassis and engine rules the new 2012 IndyCar. It's the most difficult assignment of Tony's career but he seems to be enjoying the challenge he's finally got to join us tonight and I don't hang up Bonnie and mr. Tony come and -- other TC. Hello mr. cotton. Tony. -- talk up brother I'm so sorry that technical glitches the -- can't you ought to be able to six this. Hate you -- -- kind of committee and Randy after it was over Randy says Manny due directing new rules it just seems like a real. Real long lot of work and it and I know take them by your time why did you decide to do it. I think you'll lose you know our system and natural progression from -- -- but the electronic committee and and I'm -- I was lucky enough to be involved from the very beginning it was a matter of just carried out of -- from RBI. Iconic committee lift off and try to put this on the net. T everybody wanted to -- this with the del delaying the Dallara. No one or multiple chassis so why wasn't why it was the lower the pick. Out into the tank you know I think we won multiple charities and I know that we're not going into that. You know that was my mom and her friend Mike -- we want model which hit these little competition when we can't. I've been today it was really just wait to. Cost prohibitive. To have her competitive charities. I would put -- future financial burden on the team so. You know -- marijuana out through through many reasons put up strong. And during procedures LB. You know perfect partners for the future. -- -- told the owners the car and the engine would. The under a million dollar for a season are those numbers legit. Yeah absolutely I think it's no you know no secret what anybody's -- out their engines and and them are progressing toward strict government in. You'll you'll have you carrying info florist and you are now. Which is amazing when you think about you know the -- nice and cart but. You know when you put the DPO one together in champ car you -- to get it dictated the prices are you going to be -- do the same thing with the Laura. Yeah I think it's critical we do either you know we hitter but it just -- Well here's. And that anyway keys to because he's. At least in the ball probably need to comparing them. -- is it to dictate what we need better and and we've done a lot of research and look at a lot of input from a team's spelling out exactly really need to be. And and it's up to -- -- throughout in this series or this series just to dictate where regard from. The owners are pretty upset a few weeks ago every -- -- at all and and what's their biggest complaint what what is that thing -- they scream about the most. Now about doing but doing fine from my perspective and and I think the amount to much typical -- is going to be is right now today particularly in the economy. Hell we aren't developing Ankiel but you're counts I think he has probably not more content. What an electorate. And we got along pretty well it's. Along that line L a some of the owners are saying hey we want to retain some this car. At least as much as possible is it feasible that -- to retain any -- some of it. It didn't stated that as of today the only thing will be retaining his there'll be carried out of the dances. Abu -- expect a totally new vehicles. You know his a couple of things there where it would look it and it. It's a good opportunity for us to move on and I think. If it with the right opportunity could -- himself on certain components that we need to we need to cross their -- and report. Tony there's going to be so many of these old Dolores later ramble -- grandfather who do you think about grandfather and women for the 2012 Indy 500 is that as have been talked about. Navigate perfectly honest but I don't know what we will do some you know as being triple suggestions and and a couple of them of being really quite good ideas. And and we need to be you know consider. -- expect a little more research on on way to hitters. My -- -- something we can use it for a -- system. No no solid plans as of now. With the new cardinal looked like we'll have fenders of turns for the ovals Lola. In just give us an idea what you think it might look like. -- it'll be you know everybody knows that the that the spartans are -- the Monaco and and and you know -- structure. Upon three year old -- be you know standard what are the same thing and and from beer. You know wherever the same underwent. Over the same reeling nearly derailing nine played on the speed right. And from there I'm hoping it becomes different -- -- in the perfect world we'll see a lot of different body wicket stand down. And lead to visually from our from a plane beer from the side you. Our council certainly difference. And that most importantly. Everybody -- -- and in Indy cars glad after the men write the rules so continued good luck. Problem record RT.