What ever favorites here on the show one a for a long time gas from SI dot com he does a great job covering motorsports and Tim Tuttle is on the line. -- said Dave -- -- buffalo good morning and happy race day. Good morning that you -- and a happy I'm happy to have a couple of races to watch -- they would be IndyCar race. All -- by the US Sprint Cup race. As that I see in off the top here it's kind of vague gray cloudy day here in buffalo it's that the great data stay inside a lot to double letter of American motor sports. Yeah I I I agree with -- actually it's a little bit greater debt and rain I'm and outside of Indianapolis you know and and have but I am I'm ready to watch yet what watch the races and -- both government particularly the IndyCar race. Of course 'cause it's the season opener and there are a lot of excitement. Around the -- in the new Indians didn't and the new alignment of teen -- and -- and just that this series in general. Yep we -- we just talk about the engine packages just a moment ago what can you tell us about that the you know obviously. With Conde think have been the main engine in -- easier Nash -- come in and there's even a few Lotus engines. Is this is how good is can this be for the sport if this pays off with these different engines in the sport now. While I think diversity. If you didn't any we will have to look at the diversity starting next year. They deluge endeavors he's starting to opt in is always good. Big doubt you know brings out different levels of competition did he create competition. It creates market competition between the manufacturers Chevrolet. And Honda. As you hit hard had been the whole you can supplier I think particular. And guys Chevrolet now are coming back. You know -- doing well as a manufacturer bringing new technology. I will be going back -- Turbo chargers. Bringing that direct injection which is. Something that they were particularly interested in general holder because they're doing a lot of direct injection. I would with a passenger cars and and that and that's that's been a big part of. That of them coming back into yet into the IndyCar Series so it. Great to have them and and -- has really. Made a big push there there also got involved in American sports car racing and they -- making a big pleasure at being too loud to try to -- invigorate their brand. Across the board in the United States and they they got a little bit later murdered. Little bit behind because they didn't get testy knotted at Judy Chevrolet -- -- hard to get him they were Chevrolet and Honda were ready to go. Would planted into the development stated it was -- out so they've been pretty far ahead. But that Lotus will be caught up it will take forever and LA to illustrate they have three engine manufacturers and I think it means a lot. In terms of the diversity competition. Course under the hood which are what they're under the hood but today the yacht. The untrained ire to the at a casual race and obviously visually there be a big difference today as well with the new -- DW twelve chassis debuting today and I I sought asylum a column that actually. Obviously it makes these cars a little less open -- looking -- even a chance for little more rubbing and racing out there hasn't worked. What do you think of this the new chassis that's gonna debut today. Well I I haven't seen it run. So I'm I'm I'm really anxious to see how would guys but I I like a lot of the things they've done. They've they've tried to make Paper. The yeah they -- the close disorders have closed and we old concept on the on the rear wheels or assisted. We can't it was a little contacted law and keep those cards out. I into the here and that's that as the -- scene with VMware and tragic death last. Last October. What what the result of that can be and it happens at other times in. In IndyCar Racing I remember. -- cried out you think you can only happen on a little bit chip -- -- was killed it yet we have -- I many years ago. And when his wheels. Hooked wheels and the and he hit a powerful. And guys eleven -- tragedy also so the ability to try to do is is is create something. That will beat them we will contact -- You know it's different looking at swagger that that the side -- and made wider the the state you know they call it. Should protect the driver better. There's no I don't believe there's any perfect race car I think you'd you'd have circumstances. That can lead to tragedy but I think it minimized it would just Clark and -- said -- it's a big step forward. In terms just eighteen months as they waited after art. -- -- -- -- And end and really create the car tomorrow and made department Paper but really just putting in the Hans device. Verdasco was it was a big step forward but they've really created. Very very. Eight -- Arab -- IndyCar has now. Taken. A big step forward in terms of safety. -- title of -- -- -- top joining us here on WGR Estrich previewing the at 2012 season for the Izod IndyCar Series as they get going today. At saint Petersburg Florida continue had a column up this week it SI dot com and while the series loses its biggest Americans -- and Danica Patrick to start carries in the season there's up fresh field. Of American faces on the 2012 roster and some of them could have an impact this season. Well I think that the veterans and other back you we have seven Americans now and then the complete reversal from the trend. The -- had. It Indy cars in America. Started you know privacy years ago the reason it -- -- -- -- Breed of driver the American driver and and then and then what happens once they couldn't get those entry level. You know. -- they couldn't get into this series. And those who he is it a situation where -- less and less than you think about it without the new without the new sort of grown. Any panic because it was in 2000. There are only three including Danica. I am a blue links down to the last two years. They've they've they've been keen to have temperament very big step by ivory keys are killed randomly we. Thought that he can be competitive drive relax here and there's been other drivers -- -- I'd look for right away. Who's the better and you he has an IndyCar win this stream IndyCar Series into wouldn't. In the world champ car series and you develop these skills rate card ever. And you know he's still relatively young I think 32. And he figures figures incredibly mean and he can become a -- American -- I believe. And then luckily -- -- Is very very good driver and in kind of card entry. I was born in the period when they want the best shape and since his rookie year and I think there are -- I think that he Michael Andretti. You know re establishing helper established himself. As they are legitimate consistent. You know race winner which which -- you know which he -- due to sort of apply his thirty. That but I believe it didn't -- in the -- and rate. Is that for a second here whipped out. Went. Chipped in actually with -- sort of satellite team although it it is that you can ask he'd seen. And we've got some you know you guys like Justin -- garden means I campaigns come in and at least -- -- hired by nicer picture apartment -- So we've we've really got a really good. Brad I think -- right Blu-ray is the oldest one in the group so there's a -- Americans now for the the series to two built. In addition to established stars like Frankie -- -- cast from -- -- like god -- didn't like what are. Who you would have been the best racers in the series and guys on the pole today. And course one other new name in the IndyCar field although no stranger to open wheel racing as -- park hello the Brazilian driver that's been a veteran of Formula One. He is now I headed over to North America. This year driving for AJ -- what kind of impact is he gonna have on the series this season. Why -- I think you'll have a pretty a pretty big impact because it'll be a good way for the -- every measure themselves. Against the guided him one -- the one. Last year and down obviously a very experienced more starred in Portland has beaten anybody -- race winner and Formula One. And guys -- think I think he's he's gonna bring you know again. It encourage visitors actually racing series is wage should be brings one of the best race card drivers in the world -- that this series. And and that's always that's always a good thing improvement so he's very nice guy. The EE you'd import -- is very friendly to the bed and some of the Portland guys. You may have heard. Can be -- taking people and property Rubens was never doubt wayward Republicans always. Very friendly guy. And it partially why I think you know we'd been willing to come. And race in the IndyCar Series. And who was greeted -- -- is Brandon. And and he documented -- even liked cars had decided to come over I think what they really out of Brazil the others there's already. You don't get a good crew will. Resilient -- the raced out and help our local. But it without utilities Castro is in cannabis -- improvements to the race actually. Racist accurately -- It got in this South -- so I think Rubin is very important addition to the IndyCar Series. Since all of SI dot com Tim I'd shirt next time we'll talk it'll be the month of may and will broadly at the brickyard next kinda talked -- and we'll talk to you enjoy the race today. And I keep up your great work cover motor sports will continue to check it out it SI dot com. Well thank you mention the kind words in -- and gatekeeper project -- worked got doing your radio show it's also important. Rights and take care. Okay take care -- back.