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Dallara, the exclusive chassis supplier to the NTT INDYCAR SERIES, was founded by its current president, Giampaolo Dallara, in 1972. After working for Ferrari, Maserati, Lamborghini and De Tomaso, Dallara wanted to continue pursuing his dream of working in the world of race cars.

He established “Dallara Automobili da Competizione” in his hometown of Varano de Melegari, Parma, in the Italian Motor Valley. Since its establishment, Dallara has become world renowned for its specialty in designing, manufacturing and developing race cars.

The company’s success can be credited to its achievements in Formula 3, first in Italy and then around the world. Its American acclaim can be traced to its involvement since 1997 with the NTT INDYCAR SERIES, its consultancy for major manufacturers and its continued focus on technology and innovation. Entering the 2020 season, Dallara cars had won more than 300 races in NTT INDYCAR SERIES competition.

Dallara prides itself in searching for the highest standards of quality, performance, safety and customer support. Dallara’s core competencies include: design using carbon fiber composite materials, aerodynamics by means of wind tunnel and CFD (computational fluid dynamics), vehicle dynamics through simulations and testing, and the fast and flexible production of high-quality prototypes.

Every race weekend, approximately 300 Dallara cars run on tracks around the world in various formulas. The company is present in all Formula 3 championships and is the sole supplier of cars for the NTT INDYCAR SERIES, Indy Lights presented by Cooper Tires (the top level of the Road to Indy presented by Cooper Tires developmental ladder), Formula 2, FIA Formula 3, Super Formula and Renault Sport Series. Dallara also makes cars for the Formula E championship, World Endurance Series (WEC), European Le Mans Series (ELMS) and the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship and instructional leagues.

In recent years, the engineering activities have expanded, both for race cars and high-performance road cars. Dallara provides consultancy services to some of the world’s most important car companies including, Alfa Romeo, Audi, Bugatti, Ferrari, KTM, Lamborghini, Maserati and many others that cannot be mentioned due to confidentiality agreements.

Dallara cemented its commitment to INDYCAR in July 2012 when it opened its American headquarters and engineering center in Speedway, Indiana, a short distance from the legendary Indianapolis Motor Speedway, home of the Indianapolis 500. The Dallara IndyCar Factory is a multifunctional center for research and development, where the current NTT INDYCAR SERIES IR-12 chassis and IR-18 aerokit and Indy Lights IL-15 chassis are produced and assembled. The Dallara IndyCar Factory houses an “edutainment” center, where visitors can learn about the history of Dallara and its cars and discover the secrets of the design and manufacture of a modern Indy car.

Dallara partnered with state universities, as well as with several school districts in the Indianapolis area, to make scientific subjects attractive to students through the use of motorsports. The basic idea is inspired by STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics), an existing American initiative which promotes science and technology subjects in U.S. schools. Dallara makes part of its museum available to the STEM program focused on motorsport (M-STEM). This special area demonstrates the relationship between Indy car development and production and basic concepts of science and mathematics.

1180 Main St., Speedway, IN 46224
Office: (317) 388-5405; Fax: (317) 388-5419
President: Giampaolo Dallara;
General manager: Stefano dePonti
Media contact: Alberto Bassi,
Twitter: @DallaraGroup