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F 1 Race Fan Appreciation At Indy  
User currently offlineBroke From United States of America, joined Apr 2002, 1322 posts, RR: 3
Posted (12 years 4 months 1 week 4 days 21 hours ago) and read 1627 times:

On August 18, purchasers of at least 4 tickets to the USGP at Indy have been invited by the Speedway to drive the course in their own vehicles. Of course, this is not an invitation to try your hand at racing speed, but it will still be fun and everyone will be allowed to stop at spots along the course to take pictures. Hopefully, no one will get overly exuberant and mess it up for everyone and this may become an annual event.

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User currently offlineStretch 8 From United States of America, joined May 1999, 2568 posts, RR: 16
Reply 1, posted (12 years 4 months 1 week 4 days 18 hours ago) and read 1595 times:

This a great idea. Notwithstanding the CART-IRL split and declining open-wheel audience in the U.S., you have to hand it to Indy Motor Speedway Chariman Tony George. He now has three significant events every year at the most famous motor race course in the world, with the Indy 500, the U.S. Grand Prix, and the Hillbilly 400 NASCAR race. If only we could get an American to enter F1 . . .


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User currently offlineKRIC777 From United States of America, joined Jun 2002, 280 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (12 years 4 months 1 week 4 days 10 hours ago) and read 1583 times:
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If only we could get an American to enter F1 . .

Stretch 8, I don't know how closely you follow F-1 news, but there is apparently a strong possibility that former CART and current ALMS driver Bryan Herta will drive one of the Minardis for the last three races of the season (which would include the USGP). Alex Yoong is being "rested" for a while after failing to qualify for a few races. Herta completed a "test" of sorts by driving a Minardi at a UK publicity/charity event over the weekend, and all were apparently favorably impressed. Sure, the Minardis are back-of-the-grid moving chicanes, but it is still F-1, and can lead to bigger and better things.

Aside from that and the Red Bull US driver search program, I don't think we'll see any Yanks in F-1 anytime soon. As soon as a good young American driver gets any notariety in open-wheel....he goes over to Dark Side (NASCAR) to drive tube-frame taxi-cabs in circles at 3/4 speed  Sad


User currently offlineStretch 8 From United States of America, joined May 1999, 2568 posts, RR: 16
Reply 3, posted (12 years 4 months 1 week 4 days 8 hours ago) and read 1572 times:

Thanks for the information about Herta. He certainly wrecked his fair share of CART machines (at the expense of Bobby Rahal).

Alas, I still think Michael Andretti could have been successful in F1 if he had moved to the UK and done far more testing with McLaren back in 1993. Of course, he was no Mario. But remember, Mario won the world title in '78 due in no small part to the death of his temmate Ronnie Petersen at Monza.



Maggs swings, it's a drive deep to left! The Tigers are going to the World Series!!!
User currently offlineBoeing4ever From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (12 years 4 months 1 week 4 days 8 hours ago) and read 1569 times:

Why did CART and IRL splitt? Is there a chance CART will rejoin the IRL in the future?

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User currently offlineSTT757 From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 16907 posts, RR: 51
Reply 5, posted (12 years 4 months 1 week 4 days 7 hours ago) and read 1562 times:

I hope so, CART and IRL are would be much stronger together than apart.




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User currently offlineNational_757 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (12 years 4 months 1 week 4 days 7 hours ago) and read 1551 times:

They can never compete with Nascar though, America's #1 Spectator Sport.

User currently offlineLY744 From Canada, joined Feb 2001, 5536 posts, RR: 9
Reply 7, posted (12 years 4 months 1 week 3 days 23 hours ago) and read 1557 times:

"there is apparently a strong possibility that former CART and current ALMS driver Bryan Herta will drive one of the Minardis for the last three races of the season"

I highly doubt it, Anthony Davidson is going to drive in at least the next two races, and I doubt that Paul Stoddart can afford to keep Yoong out of racing with his sponsorship money. Besides, even Minardi might have a problem with going through so many drivers in a single season.  Smile But then again, as Yoong has shown, pretty much anybody with some racing experience and money can be an F1 back-marker.

"They can never compete with Nascar though, America's #1 Spectator Sport"

...and the world's #678. Big grin

LY744.



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User currently offlineBroke From United States of America, joined Apr 2002, 1322 posts, RR: 3
Reply 8, posted (12 years 4 months 1 week 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 1550 times:

The CART/IRL thing is so full of racing politics that it is impossible to even go through the issues here in a concise way. It is a power struggle and right now CART doesn't look so good; they are down to 18 car fields and they have left some of their best venues. IRL has some excellant racing, but when you look at the grandstands at most races, they are pretty bare. This year Penske Racing made the jump from CART to the IRL and Green Racing (now owned by Michael Andretti) might go next year. There needs to be one major open wheel series in the US and then they might be competitive with NASCAR. NASCAR puts on a good show and the teams don't control the series.

User currently offlineBroke From United States of America, joined Apr 2002, 1322 posts, RR: 3
Reply 9, posted (12 years 4 months 1 week 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 1530 times:

A follow up.
I drove the 2.6 mile F1 road course at Indy today. Of course, at 30 mph, you don't get even close to the feel you would in a race car, but it was fun. Tried to drive the racing line as much as a klutz like me can. Afterwards, got to go down into the back side of the F-1 garage area, take pictures at the start finish line and victory lane area. A photographer had an old Stewart F1 car there and you could get you picture taken with the car and four cuties.
It was well attended and I didn't see any craziness so it should be on for next year (I hope). Even though they are way out of my budget, I was disappointed in not seeing very many exotic cars there. They might have been there in the morning when the car clubs had their time.


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