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F 1 Race Fan Appreciation At Indy

Thu Aug 15, 2002 11:39 pm

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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RE: F 1 Race Fan Appreciation At Indy

Fri Aug 16, 2002 2:36 am

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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RE: F 1 Race Fan Appreciation At Indy

Fri Aug 16, 2002 10:07 am

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
 
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RE: F 1 Race Fan Appreciation At Indy

Fri Aug 16, 2002 12:28 pm

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.
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RE: F 1 Race Fan Appreciation At Indy

Fri Aug 16, 2002 12:30 pm

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

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RE: F 1 Race Fan Appreciation At Indy

Fri Aug 16, 2002 1:02 pm

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

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RE: F 1 Race Fan Appreciation At Indy

Fri Aug 16, 2002 1:05 pm

They can never compete with Nascar though, America's #1 Spectator Sport.
 
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RE: F 1 Race Fan Appreciation At Indy

Fri Aug 16, 2002 9:18 pm

"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

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RE: F 1 Race Fan Appreciation At Indy

Fri Aug 16, 2002 10:58 pm

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.
 
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RE: F 1 Race Fan Appreciation At Indy

Mon Aug 19, 2002 12:26 pm

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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