Damn, I have been scammed. All along i thought Natahn was building some sort of extra-orbital capsule to send some select folks up in. He was hoping they would see that the world isnt flat if they were up like 50 miles looking out the porthole.
Now i'm crushed. Instead, he is working on some boring race car project.
If past performance is any indication of future results, here's my prediction for the future ...
Gil and Nathan will be awarded the contract, and will work tirelessly to develop a new car, using modern technology and manufacturing techniques. The car will perform well on track, albeit needing some on-track development work, and will be the safest and least expensive Indy Lights car to date.
Then, just before the inagural season, and after the first few copies of the car have been sold to teams wanting to get a jump on the competition, Auto Sport News will post the following press release:
AUTO SPORT NEWS
Indianapolis, IN - January 1, 2014
MARCH SELECTED AS NEW INDY LIGHTS CAR
The Firestone Indy Lights championship has just announced a change in the spec car for the 2014 series. Despite the promise of the new DeFerran Motorsports car, and the fact that it's been performing well for such a new enterprise, IndyCar has decided to cancel the contract and instead will use the 1988 March MC88 Chassis for the series going forward.
According to Tony Robert, Jr., head of IndyCar, "We've been thinking about making this change since 2007. A lot of teams still have these cars, and in order to accommodate those teams, we think it's in the best interest of IndyCar to use these chassis going forward. We didn't really think that they were going to take these new materials and manufacturing techniques that far."
The MC88, designed by Adrian Oldey in 1987, is a steel tube frame chassis with conventional wishbone suspension and inboard dampers. It has a Chevrolet V-8 engine and a Weismann gearbox. March have been making a few of these chassis and their spares every year in order to support the popular BOSS series, and several teams have been very successful with them.
When asked the reason for the sudden change of direction, Robert Jr. said, "As I said, we've been thinking about making this change for some time. The existing IndyLights regulations were a little bit too permissive in allowing state of the art materials such as carbon fiber, and Gil and his organization went too far in exploiting the allowances for those technologies. This will get us back to the sort of car that we had in mind for IndyLights since the outset of the series."
When asked for his reaction, team engineer Nathan Ulrich said, "Well, we've sold a few cars, and we're negotiating with IndyCar to have those cars still allowed to run in the series this year, provided that we cooperate with them in every way. That's a very generous offer by IndyCar, since we've more than recouped our investment in design and tooling by selling the few cars that we did."
We at Auto Sport News are really looking forward to the upcoming IndyLights series. The selection of the March as the car going forward will definitely attract new young drivers to the series, and it now looks viable for years to come.
Last edited by Camadella; September 2nd, 2012 at 1:31 PM.
Reason: Fixed spelling of Weismann (thanks, Stan!)
The MC88, designed by Adrian Oldey in 1987, is a steel tube frame chassis with conventional wishbone suspension and inboard dampers. It has a Chevrolet V-8 engine and a Weitsman gearbox. March have been making a few of these chassis and their spares every year in order to support the popular BOSS series, and several teams have been very successful with them.
I just found out that the NBA has proposed a new rule that may prevent me from playing for the Miami Heat next season. The change is obviously aimed directly at me, due to my dominant performance in the playoffs this year.