INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) - Never has IndyCar had so much to look forward to in an upcoming season, and so much to overcome at the very same time.
The entire 2011 season was a buildup for this year, when IndyCar introduces competing manufacturers, a new car, new faces and what's expected to be the most wide-open championship race in years. But all of the momentum the series had built was halted in the season finale, when popular two-time Indianapolis 500 winner Dan Wheldon was killed in a horrific 15-car accident.
Now, the series attempts to regain its footing and move forward while also honoring its fallen star. IndyCar opens its 16-race schedule Sunday, with the Honda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg, where Wheldon lived and won the inaugural race through the city streets of his adopted hometown in 2005.
With the new season looming, WISH-TV expert racing analyst Derek Daly gives a hands-on review of the features of the new IndyCar, complete with turbo-charged engine and new safety features.
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