The IndyCar Series has stood on the precipice. At the dawn of the 2012 season, it was preparing for a year that was make or break in a very real sense: wounds were still raw from the catastrophic Las Vegas event a few months earlier; four ovals had withdrawn from the schedule; the paddock was rife with political bickering; the judicial system was being lambasted; domestic TV figures barely registered.
There were also concerns about the fact that the new Dallara DW12 looked like an optimised hippopotamus; yet this car proved to be one of the main reasons that the series has successfully navigated its way through a period of stabilisation. Ugly as it looked, the DW12 raced majestically on road/street courses and ovals alike. There have been 52 races during the DW12 era, and maybe four of those were duds.
On the eve of the 2015 season, much has changed. Former series CEO Randy Bernard was replaced by Mark Miles, who was then a board member of IndyCar and IMS parent company Hulman & Co, and is now its CEO. Derrick Walker transitioned from team management to a series-management role and overhauled race control.