The late Dan Wheldon was the official test driver, selected by IndyCar organization and Dallara along with Bryan Herta Autosport, to develop the 2012 IndyCar chassis, which was designed with cockpit safety enhancements and body styling to reduce the incidence of wheel-to-wheel contact. As flags are flying at half-staff at Dallara Automobili headquarters in Italy, company president and founder Gianpaolo Dallara came forth with a remarkable gesture to honor the British driver.
“Dan lives in the memory of everybody at Dallara,” Dallara said. “He has been a true champion; not only because of his many victories, but and above everything else, because he has been a true and warm man to all the people he encountered. All people at Dallara always enjoyed meeting him in Italy and in the USA. We will honor his memory for the years to come by dedicating the Dallara IndyCar 2012 in his name. He deserves that.”