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Engineer: Dallara was asked to change wheel guard

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IndyCar driver Will Power, of Australia, right, leads the pack during the start of the IndyCar Sao Paulo 300 in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Sunday, April 29,...

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A Dallara engineer says people within the IndyCar series asked for changes in the rear-wheel guards of the new car in part because of the way they looked, and to keep them from being damaged too often.
Sam Garrett, the technical leader for the IndyCar project in the United States, told The Associated Press that the bigger rear-wheel guard originally planned by Dallara "possibly" could have prevented Marco Andretti's car from flying over Graham Rahal's in an accident in Long Beach two weeks ago.
Will Phillips, IndyCar's vice president of technology, said aesthetics never came before safety in the new car's design, and that the wheel guard being used is exactly what was initially proposed by Dallara.


Updated : 2021-04-18 11:40 GMT+08:00