That's right. forget about this weird and ugly delta thingy. No one likes it. Most of us absolutely hate the stinking thing. Tricycle racing league....yuk.
But rather than just be a complainer, I'll add my solution... What do you do when you repeatedly fail and your next failure will kill you?
You go back to the last thing that worked....because it worked!
Bring back Champcars. Drag out the 1995 rulebook and update it, specifically the safety standards.
Obviously things like engine and chassis exclusivitity will have to be dealt with and disposed of, but the 1995 Indycar gave us big grids, good racing and a healthy sport.
Forget about arguing the split. that will just take us backwards. Look for success, and build forward. The 1995 champcar was an absolute success.
Some things will have to be adjusted because technology has moved on. You can imagine how fast the 1995 champcar would have evolved to be if they had left the rules alone. Lord knows how much horsepower that motor would make. Imagine how fast the cars that lapped Fontana at 242 would be today if the rules had stayed the same.
I figure you lay down a horsepower number and then go with the engine that the most manufacturers commit to make and support for five years. That way you have engines and you have manufacturer dollars coming in. Lord knows we can use some of that.
The new tires alone would make the things blindingly fast, but let Firestone work that out. Enough has been learned about aerodynamics that the 1995 rules would allow way too much downforce, but let the chassis manufacturers to work out. Tell them you want to 230mph lap, put them all in the same room to tweek the rules and then build the things.
If nothing else, reverse engineer a formula that the DP01 would have been built to and open it up for anyone who wants to build that kind of car. The DP01 was the natural evolution of the 1995 car that worked. The hard part is already doine, and there are 25 or so of those things already in existance.
Test the DP01. See what it has on an oval. Tweek the rules to optimize that car, then let anyone who wants to build one to those rules go ahead and build it.
And yes, I wouldn't be against legislation that made the cars swoopier looking....just nothing so manufactured and artificial lookiong as that delta thing.
Heck, if you just gotta have a delta, make the car from the sidepods back to the tail delta shaped and fit that to a 1995 rules champcar, or who cares, a DP01. You'll get a good looking car, a swoopy car, a delta car, and something that combines the success of the past with the success we hope the future brings.
The 1995 champcar evolved into what it was for a reason. That reason was because it worked. Everything since has failed. Go back to the last thing that worked and build forward.