1998 Dallara IR8 Model Car Kit, 1/25 Scale
Born into controversy in 1995 and running it's first race in 1996, the Indy Racing League has come a long way in three years of competition. 1999 sees the series starting it's third season with it's new formula. Foregoing the turbos in use in 1999, the League switched to 4 liter naturally aspirated DOHC V-8's. New chassis were also part of the new formula, and whether motivated by performance or aesthetics, the air intake has become something of an identity point for the new cars. The Dallara, manufactured in Italy by Gain Paolo Dallara, has an oval shaped intake that makes it very easy to pick out in a field of cars. In an effort to increase driver safety, allow for larger drivers, and work towards an oval specific car, rather than a road/oval compromise, the typical IRL car is overall slightly larger than previous generations
Unlike 1997, Dallara enjoyed an advantage in 1998 and captured eight of eleven races in the series. It was using this advantage along with dominant Aurora V-8 and Goodyear tires that helped Eddie Cheever win the 82nd running of the 500 and A.J.
This kit contains resin and white metal, and decals for the 1998 winner and season champion.