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"And I think that's why it's very good to have Bryan Herta Autosport involved.We saw the job they were able to do at the Indianapolis 500.It's great that Dallara are involved. They've put together a great car, and the car that we've been using for a long time now has produced incredibly great racing.It's been very close but also from a safety standpoint it's been good. And we've also got the involvement with Honda and Firestone.So everybody involved, I think, has goals to achieve and my job is about helping them achieve them." Wheldon said.
Wheldon also was asked how he felt about being, for lack of a better term, a test dummy. "Test dummy, that's a good one." Wheldon said. "I like that. That's what I'm going to call myself: Test dummy. I think ‑‑ honestly, I'll answer the second question first. Like I said, I take it very seriously doing a job like this. Like I say, you're associating yourself with big manufacturers like Honda, Dallara and obviously Firestone ‑‑ I think with Firestone themselves, they're very, very stringent with safety concerns.That's a priority for them. They do a phenomenal job with that. And even though there's going to be multiple engine manufacturers involved, and it's going to be a one‑tire series, it's still a serious job."
"So to be a test dummy for these manufacturers is important. Like I say, I'm going to be very disciplined in the role I play for them and achieve for them exactly what they want to achieve. And, like I say, it's going to be track time in a new car, so I think that's going to be of benefit.And in terms of the look of the car, the car that you have seen at Indianapolis, both with the oval body kit and the road course body kit, their concepts, they're not going to be the final design so it will probably be a little different from that.But from what I understand the car is going to be very appealing to the eye, and I think from what I understand it's going to be designed with an eye to continuing very, very competitive close racing, which is what everybody loved about the IndyCar Series."