Izod Indy Car Series

March 27, 2011 by staff 

Izod Indy Car Series, Final race of the IndyCar Series season Izod. Las Vegas Motor Speedway. If recent trends continue the series, enthusiastic and very close points battle between at least two drivers. And for the first time, a collection of five foreigners, perhaps known drivers Sprint Cup, stars of motocross, or refugees in Formula One, there is nothing at stake, and 5 million dollars to win the prize for an improbable victory against the Drivers of open top wheel in North America. Are mixed at high speed through the fray, the chosen instruments of potential chaos.

“I think it would be exciting to race against others of different ways of IndyCar, the two-time defending series champion Dario Franchitti said. “The rest of it, I’m not so sure.”

Must be quite a sight, what the series CEO Randy Bernard sought to bring the series and the event concluded with the final showcase chips on the table. It could also become a spectacle with a tassel and the denial of a credibility-crushing points leader. There will be plenty at stake.

But, again, already exists. At a time when open-wheel racing continues to make modest gains in popularity, but movements in comparison with the power and popularity of NASCAR, a greater emphasis on entertainment has become an acceptable risk to the detriment of competition, many say that in IndyCar.

“One of the things I really love about this sport is that it has so much tradition,” said Texas Motor Speedway President Eddie Gossage. “Although I love, it is clear that it is to progress and did not. Randy is kind of pushing them into the 21st century in some respects.

“Although they are getting 0.7 degrees of the TV, there was an arrogance in the sport of” do not do that. “Randy is like, ‘Why not? It’s fun.””

Fun and different. Starting today with the season opening Grand Prix of St. Petersburg IndyCar will be used several new initiatives to increase the entertainment value of their careers. The series will borrow an idea of ??NASCAR using double-file restarts. Bernard is working with ABC, Honda and Firestone officials to hold an exhibition to break records Indianapolis Motor Speedway this spring. The series will borrow an idea from the past freewheel by running two races at Texas. The end of the season in Las Vegas is worth every extra cent on advertising when NASCAR Chase for the championship is usually absorbs most of the attention of racing in the nation.

“I think we must always be willing to change,” said Penske team president Tim Cindric. “If it evolves, then left behind. IndyCar racing and any sport must have a certain amount of variability. Many things can cause variability. Double file restarts are one of the things that make things not be so predictable . I think you have to keep looking for areas where you do not have predictability. ”

Will Power, who finished second in the IndyCar Series drivers’ championship last season, led the number of wins (5), poles (8) and points standing entering the final race of the season seems to be a strong advocate predictability. Season removed from a career breakthrough, which is expected to challenge again for a first title Penske personnel and equipment for the first time in five years. That apparently would be against a set of variables alter the bets in Las Vegas. But consider that the mixture “a good idea.”

“There will be a selection committee. Hopefully I will pick someone competent enough to handle these things because it is an IndyCar. You cannot rub panels. Rubbing the wheel and someone goes flying,” said Power. “There will be no old Joe. Anyone who is competitive in any of the above series is generally a very good driver.”

Franchitti seemed less sure.

“I do not need to trick up battles of our championship,” he said. “They are very robust in recent years.”

Team owner Roger Penske was equally cautious, saying he was not interested in sending additional cars to race in Las Vegas or drivers participating in the record for the Indianapolis track unless it was after the race classification .

“I think we should be careful,” he said. “All these special hang-ons, we must be careful. We have good momentum with the series. Every time I get into trouble is when we try to do too much.”

Bernard said it was a “huge disappointment” if Penske did not participate, given the resources of his team and his stature within the series.

Chip Ganassi Racing, the director Mike Hull, said his team would encourage pilots to participate in the exhibition in Indianapolis, saying that “we made some big.”

Bernard said he has received inquiries from drivers in all major racing series including Formula One a selection process should begin this summer to allow acclimation and testing. Motocross star James Stewart and NASCAR Nationwide driver Jason Leffler – who led the Indianapolis 2000 – are among those who have expressed their interest publicly.

IndyCar dissociation with International Speedway Corp., which is controlled by the ruling family of NASCAR, France, and enhanced partnership with Speedway Motorsports Inc., has apparently increased the circus atmosphere. The series fell ISC Chicago, Texas and Homestead-Miami of programming, 2011 and replaces the dates of races in New Hampshire and Las Vegas, SMI properties.

“I think the word that has been missing has been the promotion IndyCar,” Cindric said. “You have to promoters. I think we had the operators and promoters and Randy is not really the type of promoter first time we’ve seen in open wheel for a while, next to Eddie Gossage.”

Open wheel racing has become the treatment SMI, when Gossage took advantage of a confrontation between Danica Patrick and Dan Wheldon in Milwaukee in 2007 by submitting a poster to promote his upcoming boxing event.

“Dan vs Daniel, ‘The Rumble in the circuit,” Gossage beams. “That was easy. It was so obvious to do. Not thinking of things other people think. What’s wrong with that? toes of whom had to tread? Anyone. She grabbed his sleeve. Big deal. It was fun to play. Daniel and I talked about this and I know Dan liked it. At that time I did not like it. She told me a few weeks ago, he said, ‘It really helped me break. “”

Patrick, who has seen the promotional efforts of both NASCAR and IndyCar as moonlight on the Nationwide Series, said he is committed to do for the sake of entertainment.

“In NASCAR, do you really believe in the championship leader believed to be a great idea that you can re-start from scratch in the ten-year career?” He said, referring to the Sprint Cup Chase for the Championship. “I do not think so. That’s just the way it goes. We must make a show and do it entertaining for the fans. Yes, it is a sport and we’re all competing, but this is also a business and live one. It to be a good business, too. ”

Most of their income livings somehow opened the business conference feel the series has benefited from the focus and perspective brought from outside the sport last year by Bernard, former head of the Professional Bull Riders, the stages of rodeo events, the concert and the rock-and-jockey softball game. However, Bernard needs to surround himself, Gossage said with the right team of inside information to further develop the series.

“It’s always good to have someone from outside is always the right person,” he said. “I think Randy just introduced a whole new approach and has the authority to make it happen. There are many who know the (IndyCar). Almost everyone is a stranger. There are a number of people who do not understand IndyCar the business of saving their lives and that is a weakness for them. That said, I love that Randy is making all fresh and creative ideas. “That’s not how we have done, is not an excuse. My problem is that there are many who do not understand this business and make no effort to learn. ”

Patrick said improvements IndyCar does not matter unless the sport becomes more accessible on television.

“It must be accessible to the fans, as in, has to be on TV,” he said. “We must be on a network and easily accessible audience. I think versus is not so easy. I do not think anyone would tell me here. I’m all for the support, but I think everyone would agree: a new network so that’s a challenge. “

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