The way I read the release below is, Swift is out of IndyCar creation derby. I'd say the second paragraph below is a "congrats to Dallara, but we're out." But it's carefully worded, so I guess it could also be read as "Never say never."
In my view, Swift was easily the class of the field in fan outreach and involvement and their designs caused me to have a physiological reaction, if you get my drift.
Unfortuantely, fan outreach and engagement counted for JACK in this chassis derby. More's the pitty.
Huge ups to chief engineer Mark Page for being eager to talk about Swift designs, the entire Swift posse for seeking fan involvement and to @pinkgineer for her one-woman Twitter fan relation show.
Swift Engineering, Inc. congratulates Dallara Automobili on being selected to design and manufacture the next generation IndyCar.
“Just as in motorsport, every fiercely fought race produces one victor,” said Jan Wesley Refsdal, Swift’s president. “We congratulate Dallara on being chosen to provide the next generation IndyCar chassis. We would also like to recognize all of those in this competition whose technical innovation, strategy and execution helped promote the series and American motorsports. Given a more favorable economic climate and the freedom of an open business model, Swift would have welcomed the opportunity to compete with other manufacturers in a truly open chassis competition environment.”
Swift is honored to have been considered amongst the best racecar designers, engineers and manufacturers in the world. To meet this high standard, Swift developed many inspirational concepts and solutions with the direct assistance of partners such as, Cray, Inc., Cruden, Firestone, Honda America, Honda Performance Development, Mark One Composites, Inc. and Metacomp Technologies, Inc. Swift wishes to publically recognize and thank them for their help and support and hopes to continue these valued relationships into other exciting collaborative projects in the near future.
In addition, we would like to thank Swift’s many fans, Facebook and Twitter followers for their passionate support, feedback and ideas during the entire bid process.
We wish IndyCar and Dallara every success in their continued partnership.