Honda Supplies Every Engine at the Indy 500
This year, by arrangement with the Indy Racing League (IRL), Honda supplied every one of the engines for the 33 competitors--as it did in 2006. All but three entries utilized a chassis manufactured by Dallara Automobili, Italy. All tires are supplied by Firestone. (That may seem to be a vestige of Indy's American heritage, until one recalls that Firestone is now a susidiary of Bridgestone, a Japanese company.)
By way of comparison, take a look at the eclectic mix of makes and models that made up the 1971 Indy 500 field, won by Al Unser in a Ford-powered P.J. Colt chassis.
While exclusive supplier arrangements certainly level the playing field and arguably focus the race into a true competition of racing teams and drivers, it nevertheless shows how things have changed in the good old USA, even at the Brickyard. In any event, congratulations to the winner, Dario Franchitti, driving--sigh--like practically everyone else in the race, a Dallara Automobili/Honda car.