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Walker: Getting fans “re-ignited” is IndyCar’s biggest challenge

May 19, 2013, 4:10 PM EDT

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Five years after open-wheel racing unified in North America, the IZOD IndyCar Series continues to face a uphill climb in regards to growing its mainstream presence. The split between the series (then known as the Indy Racing League) and Champ Car that lasted from 1996 to 2008 had a disastrous impact on the sport, causing many longtime fans to abandon it and helping to accelerate NASCAR’s rise to prominence as the country’s most popular form of racing.

Not that everything is grim for IndyCar, which boasts a diverse driver grid and schedule of tracks as well as perhaps the best racing product in the whole of motorsports today. But Derrick Walker, the sport’s new head of racing competition, realizes that many challenges are still to be contended with — and getting the fans back is the biggest one of all.

“There are a number of challenges and I’m not sure if there’s any one ahead of the others, but if I had to pick one, I’d say the biggest challenge we’ve got is to get the fans re-ignited with what we’re doing,” Walker said in an interview with NBC Sports Network’s Marty Snider during this afternoon’s Bump Day proceedings.

“We need to appeal to a bigger fan base and we’ve got to get some of those fans who have gone off to some other sport or have choices that they didn’t have before and now have them — they don’t all tune in when we want them, so we’ve got to find a way to connect with the fans…We’re charged with that responsibility: Get the fans back.”

As for his potential impact on the series’ current relationship with its teams, Walker hopes to have more positive dialogue with them as well as the entirety of the sport’s partners. The sport’s off-track headlines have sometimes had a tendency to overshadow positives achieved on the track, and Walker recognizes that such a situation can’t exist going forward.

“The team owners have not felt the love, shall we say, for a number of years,” said Walker, who is still the team manager for “500” pole sitter Ed Carpenter’s squad through the month of May. “So hopefully I can bridge that gap…We can’t do it in a vacuum. We’ve got to be all together and we’ve got to get behind a common purpose, a common goal.

“That’s what the fans want. They don’t want us to be out there duking it out while they’re losing interest. They want us all together — unite the series across the board.”

  1. M^uL - May 19, 2013 at 9:02 PM

    Derrick knows what needs to be done. The cars need to be scary fast, ferocious beasts. They need to be visually appealing with more variation. They need another engine manufacturer or two. If Audi and Ford came in and all four manufacturers had their own aero kits and the cars had 850 HP on the streets, this thing could go big again. Once they get to that level of product, then they need to have an advertising blitz on TV and billboards and get across to the people how much more intense this racing is than Nascar and how much more diverse the drivers are than Nascar or F1 due to the variation in tracks. Right now, the racing is good but the cars aren’t that exciting. That’s not going to do it. Many fans are “car guys” (or gals…) and want to see interesting cars in addition to the racing.

    • purplesectornet - May 20, 2013 at 9:27 AM

      The we a better than both NASCAR and F1 is just an idiotic marketing plan…as drivers want to be in both NASCAR and F1 more than in IndyCar…just develop the brand…no one is buying that line of BS…the driver market and where they want to race dictates that mantra…not a marketing buzz line…

      • indycarseries500 - May 20, 2013 at 1:31 PM

        IndyCar has never marketed itself that way it’s fans that say that. Just like how you as an F1 fan (that for some reason feels the need to comment on every article about a series you apparently don’t care for too much) do the exact same thing.

      • midtec2005 - May 20, 2013 at 1:33 PM

        Drivers want to be in NASCAR and F1 more largely due to money. If the marketing buzzline brings in more money, then some of those drivers may follow the money.

      • M^uL - May 21, 2013 at 1:02 AM

        So you’re saying don’t market your product to be more enticing than similar products? Sorry, but you’re not hired to my marketing team…

    • indycarseries500 - May 20, 2013 at 1:27 PM

      The problem with this theory is that companies aren’t looking to put out big hp numbers

      • purplesectornet - May 21, 2013 at 10:13 AM

        IndyCar fans as the above posts shows are just plain delusional. Walker is saying he needs to get the fans back…and there are many like me that wrote off the series when they destroyed it…then the “vision” didn’t work…so yeah a huge swath of fans went to F1 and NASCAR and now you geniuses think spec cars with huge ugly rear ends and no star drivers is going to bring us back from Formula One and NASCAR? Because people say, “hey look we are better!” LMAO. Dream on.

      • midtec2005 - May 21, 2013 at 12:38 PM

        Coming from the same guy that thinks Danica Patrick = Michael Schumacher

        We get it, your a crapwagon.com member. Have fun holding a 17 year old grudge, the rest of us will enjoy the best racing available at the moment.

      • purplesectornet - May 21, 2013 at 1:46 PM

        So you are just making up lies about me now midtec2005? Don’t you think that is just a little bit childish? Derrick Walker is addressing us, yes; those of us who looked on in horror as the greatest race in the world was destroyed. The fans that stopped caring. He wants to get those fans back. Spec cars with the rear wheels enclosed as if they were some kind of hybrid LMP/OW car are not going to get us back…empty claims that the racing is better than F1 isn’t going to get us back…the delusional marketing that IndyCar is better than both NASCAR and F1 isn’t going to get us back…the fact is; the racing as been better in F1 than IndyCar since about 2008…you just have to take the Americana “everything foreign is bad” goggles off and you can see it. THAT is the reality of the situation…spec cars will NEVER get the fans back.

      • midtec2005 - May 22, 2013 at 11:08 AM

        Such a negative Nancy, have fun holding on to your grudge. I’ll enjoy the racing. It’s not a matter of “Americana goggles,” it’s a matter of being honest.

        Oh yeah, lies and hyperbole are not the same thing ;)

      • purplesectornet - May 22, 2013 at 1:13 PM

        yes mid, that is the strategy…it’s why you can’t go to say trackforum and be critical of IndyCar, you will get banned…and if you reflect even a bit of truth back onto IndyCar, especially its fans, you get branded as a troll or a negative influence…yet bashing Bernie and F1 is both embraced and encouraged, bashing NASCAR is the IndyCar fans favorite past time…you see I have the benefit if viewing the American racing scene from Seattle…I’m not burdened with this ridiculous IndyCar perspective. The star drivers in this country are Kyle Busch, Jimmie Johnson, Tony Stewart…and yes Danica Patrick and Dale Jr., deservedly or not. Not one of them is running in the 500…yet Fernando Alonso, Seb Vettel and Lewis Hamilton, the stars in Europe, are running in the real race that is the most important race this weekend…while my family will be watching the 500, it’s still a shadow of its former self and every single year that it isn’t restored represents an ever shrinking window…while the IndyCar faithful continue to tell everyone we are negative and bitter for seeing the truth…happens every month of May since 1996….one more year that NASCAR cements itself as the permanent premiere racing series in this country….thanks IndyCar!!

      • midtec2005 - May 22, 2013 at 3:17 PM

        See that’s what doesn’t make sense about you. We all know Indycar has it’s problems. We all know the NASCAR and F1 stars are much bigger names now. Heck, we even all know that the split has at least threatened the 500 as the biggest race (Although I think with it’s history it still is). We all know about the TV ratings etc…

        But we also have eyes and we can see how exciting the product is (saying it isn’t good is whats delusional). A lot of these drivers are also very talented, and the fact is that the scedule is the most diverse among Indycar Nascar and F1. No, no one wants spec cars, but bringing back different cars and big money programs is a process, it can’t happen overnight. TGTG spent 12 years destroying the sport, you can’t bring it back in 5. You seem to think we are delusional for talking about how to bring fans back and for talking about how fun these races are to watch. Theres nothing delusional or wrong with that. So yes, I will call you a negative nancy. Theres nothing wrong with seeing the obvious flaws, but there is something wrong with ONLY seeing the flaws.

      • midtec2005 - May 22, 2013 at 3:21 PM

        I also just noticed you said F1 racing has been better since 2008… the year Champ car went away. I think my crapwagon.com assertion must have been pretty close.

      • purplesectornet - May 22, 2013 at 7:58 PM

        How is anyone supposed to have a serious discussion with you? This is what all y’all IndyCar fans do; vilify anyone that points out simple truths. The consultant said make a spec tub and let the innovation happen on the aero side and what did the owners do? Kill the aero kits and get Randy fired. So really, we are all supposed to say, ok yeah no big deal things are fine lets be fans again? puhhhlease…you can’t run around for years and years not fixing the issues we want fixed and then just have like Robin Miller do an Op Ed piece and declare everything is fine…do you think IndyCar has an acceptable fan base right now? Seriously?

      • midtec2005 - May 22, 2013 at 8:46 PM

        I didn’t vilify you for pointing out simple truths, shoot I said the simple truths myself. My response was quite civil. I made some good points about being fair to the sport by admitting the positive simple truths as well as the negative, to which you don’t seem to have a response.

        You’re right about the aero kits, but at least there is also SOME good news on that front too with a limited introduction of them for next year (athough we all know it’s kind of a cop out). Derek Walker in this article is talking about pushing these kinds of initiatives, thats a good thing. More importantly… it’s progress. Like I mentioned, you can’t fix 12 years of stupidity (TG) instantly.

        I think the real issue here is that you’re scared to be a fan again, and frankly I wouldn’t blame you with how incompetant the managment is. But at the end of the day you’re just depriving yourself of something you used to enjoy because of a 17 year old grudge. We probably agree on more than you realize about this, we could have a discussion all day about what they need to fix. Except that in order to have that discussion you have to be willing to accept that Indycar isn’t just pure evil (but TG might be).

      • purplesectornet - May 23, 2013 at 9:01 AM

        Nah I watch it…it has it moments but its still got a long way to go…I do agree that Walker is probably the one guy that can fix it – I just didn’t hear a definitive statement from him…he says the owners need to feel the love again, well its the owners who killed the aero kits so…

      • midtec2005 - May 23, 2013 at 11:45 AM

        True, I like what he said too but it’s sad that the recent management has forced us to take a “I’ll believe it when I see it” approach.

      • purplesectornet - May 23, 2013 at 12:11 PM

        They are in a very difficult spot…enclosing the rear wheels is just crazy…the point of OW racing for me has always been those big rear wheels with all that power and how you cant really touch them…but I just noticed that the Formula E car is showing signs of enclosing part of the wheel…if F1 starts to do this, I’ll be the first one to be critical…I understand why IndyCar did that, because of the danger on ovals…but why is that carried over to road courses? You know, I’d be fine if the only oval run was the 500 if we could just get some horsepower back and take all that junk off the back…

      • midtec2005 - May 23, 2013 at 12:44 PM

        I totally agree, with aero kits this car could probably actually look pretty sleek. The one problem it would still have though are those engines. When I take people to the IMS museum I have to explain to them why the 95 Reynard was the last real Indycar. They have to be sleek and scary. For the scary part we need a more powerful engine….

        I thought a fan in Millers mailbag had a great idea last week, of allowing any engine (with a displacement limit of course) that uses entirely stock parts. Apparently something like this happens at pikes peak and they have 900 HP Hyundais. I imagine that would drum up quite a bit a manufacturer interest. My knowledge on the pikes peak rules is limited though so I can’t say too much about it.

        The real tragedy is that the rules for this car were decided just before Dan died, and consquently they mirrored the IRL formula, which is totally ass backwards. After that wreck everyone finally woke up. Hopefully Walker can start moving the series in the right direction.

      • purplesectornet - May 23, 2013 at 1:21 PM

        The real test will be how these new engines in F1 do…ERS is going to supply like 170 hp over something like half of the lap…this might be the way to get horsepower back…maybe IndyCar will then be able to use a standard ERS in the future…but really OW racing is going through massive change right now…Formula E is just crazy…so weird to see a youtube of those cars not making a sound…

      • midtec2005 - May 23, 2013 at 7:17 PM

        Yeah Formula E is pretty interesting, I wonder how it will catch on with the general public. That could be an area for some pretty massive innovation as well. I could imagine them just setting a maximum weight for the electric motor and batteries and letting people go at it. I’m an electrical engineer actually, I think that would be really cool.

  2. manchestermiracle - May 19, 2013 at 9:57 PM

    It’s good U.S. open-wheel racing is re-united and I enjoy it a great deal. But I have no faith that it will overtake, or even compete with, NASCAR anytime soon and I’m o.k with that.

    I also love The Science Channel, The History Channel, The Military Channel, and National Geographic, but hold no illusion that they will ever compete with the likes of MTV, VH1, TLC (the most misnamed network ever), and whatever losers are broadcasting crap like Honey Boo Boo and Toddlers and Tiaras.

    The masses have proven time and gain that they prefer the bar quite low. There is simply no accounting for taste (or a lack thereof).

    • ttnvrl8 - May 24, 2013 at 2:41 PM

      Gee, I wish I didn’t have to agree with you 100%. I thought it was just me!

  3. midtec2005 - May 20, 2013 at 1:07 PM

    Walker is right on. I think the way to reignite the fans is getting a high HP and low downforce package together so the cars are fast as hell and scary. Lets face it… in a modern top level series 750 hp (on road and street) isn’t scary. And they need to stop lowering the power for ovals. If they are worried about speed then they need to develop a lower downforce aero package. But the low power, high downforce concept is a artifact of the old IRL and needs to go. That package killed Wheldon and nearly killed many others… and it’s not real racing.

    As for the marketing… this is the most diverse series in the world. So of course they should market it that way. If the fans come back, then so will the money, and then drivers in Nascar and F1 WILL want to come here.

  4. moezilla - May 22, 2013 at 1:37 PM

    purplesectornet….Monaco is the most important race this weekend? I guess that whole “opinions are like a@#holes” statement definately applies here…..the only reason that Monaco has become “more important” is because rich people vacation there….sooner or later, one of them was bound to show up on race weekend, go home, and tell there other rich buddies about it….Monaco is just another street circuit, the same as Indy is just another oval….it’s just that Indy is WAY cooler….

  5. purplesectornet - May 22, 2013 at 2:51 PM

    Yep. Monaco is bigger race than the Indy 500…so is the Daytona 500 and Le Mans.

    • moezilla - May 22, 2013 at 7:18 PM

      Thanks for the vague reply…the many reasons you listed sure helped me into coming over to your side of the track…nah….changed my mind again….I’ll browse through the F1 race from Monaco, early Sunday morning and hope to catch a lead change….then I’ll settle in for the 500 and actually enjoy myself….Formula 1 is absolutely the top drivers and the top machines on world class circuits….and about as exciting as watching paint dry and grass grow…does my opinion of F1 make it worse than Indy Car or anyother motor-sport?…Absolutely not…

      • purplesectornet - May 22, 2013 at 8:01 PM

        Well guess what, the Monaco GP will be watched by orders of magnitude more people this weekend…and that’s all I’m saying…I’m not trying to change anyone’s mind just pointing out a simple truth…

        You are saying the only reason its a big race is because rich people happen to be in Monaco? lol.

  6. f1fan1 - May 22, 2013 at 4:44 PM

    As long as Indy car is owned/operated by the H-G family, it carries with it the baggage of the split and the legacy of the IRL. Trying to run away from that name now is disengenuous and a transparent attempt to try to fool people that “unification” has been successful….it hasn’t.

    As long as the H-G family insists on owning the series, Indy car will never recover to any serious degree and it will continue on the long, slow slide to complete irrelevance.

    The only way American open wheel formula racing has a chance to resurrect itself starts with the sale of the series to others not associated with the split and the idiotic decisions that have continued to be made since then.

    • purplesectornet - May 22, 2013 at 8:06 PM

      But you can’t even suggest that…look at the rants below this…you know what the really ironic thing is? These guys like this dude below probably don’t want Sato to win the championship…doesn’t fit the “vision”…lol…

      • markpanichelli - May 22, 2013 at 8:39 PM

        This DUDE would LOVE to see Sato win the championship … because he drives for a team that if it were equivalent to an F1 team or Nascar would NEVER win , much less compete … You are a child and elitist pig, who answers logic and truth with hate… I mean , really ? What “vision” ? I am assuming that you are accusing me of being a bigot ie; meaning ONLY Americans should win ? Which is baseless and shows your myopic view of the world and further illustrates that you are trapped in a time that has long passed …The series that you claim to be so incredible (F1) hasn’t had a non European win the title since 1997 and NASCAR has never had a non American champion … so what “vision” do you speak of ? if anything a series that has crowned champions from four separate corners of the world ( New Zealand, Brazil, US & Scotland ) in the past decade …and a series in which how much money you have or where you were born doesn’t dictate your opportunities ….that’s the vision I have of a series…

      • purplesectornet - May 23, 2013 at 8:50 AM

        OMFG! LOL! A non-European???? WTH??

        LMAO!!!

      • purplesectornet - May 23, 2013 at 11:38 AM

        You talk about intelligence and you want to argue a Finn, a German, a Brit who is considered to be the first black World Champion, and a Spaniard; should all be classified as “European” and therefore an indication that IndyCar has a more diverse set of drivers or whatever? Wow dude, LOL. I’m in tears I can’t stop laughing…LMAO! WTF???

        LMAO!

      • midtec2005 - May 23, 2013 at 11:50 AM

        I’m gonna stay out of this one for the most part… but I just want to say I’d love to see Sato win. Sure we would here F1 reject, blah blah blah. But the fact is he was an Indycar reject too his first couple of seasons. I think whats happened is he has just matured greatly in his decision making. I think it’s a good story.

    • misha66 - May 24, 2013 at 11:01 AM

      You do realize, I hope, that most people you would like to see return or come to Indy Car have no idea who or what the H-G family is let alone all the history and drama? They probably would not care one whit if they did know. I don’t know of a single person not already a big fan of Indy car that would even recognize the name – or care. The Hulman-George relationship to Indy car has no bearing whatsoever with the vast numbers of those not interested in Indy car.

  7. markpanichelli - May 22, 2013 at 5:56 PM

    It is obvious that this purplesectornet clown has an anti Indycar agenda…and more specifically an anti Hulman George agenda …I would assume it’s personal, because I haven’t found an Indycar story on this site that hasn’t been commented on in a negative manner by this “all knowing-motorsports guru ” SARCASM ( this dipsh*t is a ill informed as a 4 year old ) … Sir ,why don’t you move along with your hate…. Tony George has nothing to do with the series anymore and quite honestly , the REAL issue is people like you…HATE mongers ,still bitter over something that happened nearly 20 years ago…You are like a former KBG or CIA operative that just woke up from a coma and still thinks the cold war exists …I love Indycar & F1 , but I am aware ( and let me inform you ) in the US , TV Ratings for F1 are not only behind Indycar, but are dwarfed by Hockey , Golf, Tennis & the MLS regularly …F1 is for diehard motor sports guys , fringe fans, and foreign born citizens living/working in the US …. until f1 has an American driver in a competitive seat ( which won’t happen cause it is run by an anti american )… IT WILL REMAIN the 3rd, 4th or 5th ranked series in importance in this country ……you want to hate on TG …dude I remember f1 in the late 70’s & early 80’s …Bernie has turned F1 into a “the man with the most money wins” …aside from perhaps two teams per season , there in NO competition , aside from the race to raise more money

  8. markpanichelli - May 22, 2013 at 7:11 PM

    Also , this “spec cars won’t cut it “mantra is a truly minority voice…. Nascar is a completely spec series and owns the top spot in the US interest …these CART/champcar holdouts like purplesectornet failed to point out that in the pinnacle of Cart, there were two maybe three separate chassis’ …every Reynard looked alike, every Lola looked alike ….this diversity in car specs did not exist , this is revisionist history .. finding a winning combination of what chassis, tire and engine to run was perhaps what you recall as diversity of specs ….. and only a diehard fan of F1 can really spot the minor differences in the F1 cars. … and to add to this hate of the Hulman -George or anyone associated with the split bringing the baggage of that split ( F1fan1) …Roger Penske, Chip Ganassi, , the Andretti’s and most everyone involved in the Indycar Series today had something to do with the split … EVERYONE has to accountability including the handful of disgruntled fans that continue to spew negativity …. it was short sighted on the part of the CART fans of the 80’s & 90’s to think they could never be toppled from the throne of greatness , thus it is equally short sighted to think Indycar cant return to prominence ….Since Brian France has assumed control of NASCAR the attendance for the events has dropped to 46 consecutive events without a sell out, TV Ratings dropping it behind the NBA again , perhaps the only way NASCAR can survive is for the France family to sell …& good old Bernie Eccs …the man who turned the world driving championships into thw the series of money , not the best drivers , the drivers with the most $$$ get the seats and the teams that spend the most $$$ win the races , perhaps the only way F1 can be competitive again is for Bernie to step down,,, and Just an FYI ., I personally don’t feel Bernie or Brian should sell anything , I’m just gutting the anti Indy posts and the hate filled , agenda laden, emotionally driven without facts idiots that post them ….

    • purplesectornet - May 22, 2013 at 8:04 PM

      Well thanks for graphically proving my point…these two posts from you literally speak for themselves…lol.

      • markpanichelli - May 22, 2013 at 8:55 PM

        These two posts prove what point ? You’ve failed to make any point except that you hate Indycar ….well awesome for you ….. people like myself have had enough of listening to your hate … I defend the sport of f1 from Nascar zealots that hate only because it is a foreign based series …I defend Nascar to the F1 only crowd and all motorsports disciplines to the stick and ball sports fans who claim the participants aren’t athletes …… because I LOVE motorsports , you have NO love …if you are going to bring up the negatives of one series , it is only fair to bring up the failures of them all , It is you who put Nascar and F1 on a pedestal … you just lack the intelligence to argue your point without hate …so go hate ….

  9. purplesectornet - May 23, 2013 at 8:48 AM

    LMAO. There isn’t one central point in all your rants and you have the audacity to talk about intelligence? Should we expect your manifesto soon? The premise of your rants is that F1 is foreign and is only for foreign born citizens? LOL! You write his absolute drivel and expect a lucid response? You claim to love motorsports after writing a bunch of pathetic diatribe about F1…then go on to claim NASCAR and F1 have TV rating problems? LOL! How can anyone even take this stuff seriously? It’s a full on rant, not one single thought collected; not one single premise put forth in any kind of organized way, with most of it just absolute rubbish. lol! This is *exactly* my point…this is the IndyCar fan in a nutshell…all you guys do is talk about how bad F1 is, how bad NASCAR is; then go crazy ballistic when anyone points out that no…it’s not F1 or NASCAR that has the issues, indeed, it’s IndyCar…that is what this article is about, getting back the fans. Who wants to come back to this? LOL!

    • indycarseries500 - May 23, 2013 at 3:31 PM

      Here’s the funny thing you attack IndyCar fans for saying it’s better than F1 or NASCAR and then you come back with the F1 is better argument, aren’t you doing the same thing? I like it all but that’s pretty ignorant of you to say that.

      I’ve seen tee shirts that say “boring” in a script similar to the NASCAR logo at F1 and MotoGP races. So I guess F1 and MotoGP fans are claiming they’re better than NASCAR. Wait no only IndyCar fans show preference to their series.

  10. purplesectornet - May 23, 2013 at 5:14 PM

    The pecking order is pretty clear. F1 on the world wide stage NASCAR in America. How is that ignorant? It’s the truth of the situation.

    F1 and MotoGP fans can legitimately make that claim…whether you personally agree with that or not, both of those series have a bigger fan base globally. IndyCar a tougher better series with better racing than F1? Yeah? How come no one is watching it? We are all just idiots?

    • moezilla - May 24, 2013 at 10:40 AM

      How come no one is watching it?….Gosh, I’ve watched every race in Indy Car this year, either live or recorded, but, since I don’t consider F1 as the top form of motor-sport, I guess I’m just a “no one.” Would you apply the same label to the nearly 1/4 million fans that will be traveling to the Brickyard this weekend to watch the race in person? How about the millions of fans settling in on Sunday afternoon to watch the 500 on their televisions? I guess I would rather be associated with a group of nobody’s who enjoy watching their prefered “form” of open-wheel racing as opposed to being expected to love F1 just because it has bigger world-wide appeal…I’m guessing the same would apply to soccer…just because the rest of the world thinks that it’s the best thing since sliced bread does not make it any less boring to watch for me and many others…

  11. misha66 - May 24, 2013 at 10:49 AM

    The unspoken Elephant in the room: Unknown (in the USA) drivers that are seen by so many of us to be F-1 failures – making Indy car a second-rank circuit of drivers either wanting to get an F-1 team or those that couldn’t make it once there.
    I grew up in Indiana and the Month of May was spent in and around the track (even ducking high school classes whenever possible. Track-Flu was a major disease)
    The excitement of seeing and hearing man and machine pushing the absolute limits and hearing Tom come over the PA system with, “…. and it’s a NEW TRACK RECORD” on pole day were days to remember. It seems today that if it was not for the 500 most of the drivers would prefer never to visit an oval track — making Indy-car ever more a junior class F-1.
    So, to me, as an ex-fan, I may tune in to the start, but find it sad to see only a handful of cars truly in the hunt, with half the field lapped before I finish my lunch. Drivers most of whom may be a household word – if you live in Brazil or on the Continent. Cars that can only be called cookie-cutters with no innovations. Too many rules, too much regulation of competition giving the result of who cares? I am not trying to start a war here but if Indy wants to get me back they have a LOT of work to do.

    • midtec2005 - May 24, 2013 at 11:58 AM

      I’m not trying to start a war either, but right now the field is very close. Half the field won’t be lapped… at all. It’s the strongest driver lineup that there has been since the split. I think you’d be pleasently surprised in that category.

      • moezilla - May 24, 2013 at 1:33 PM

        Here’s hoping the 500 on Sunday is as good as today’s race….2 wide into turn 3…3 wide coming out of turn 4 and 4 wide across the finish line…I’m kinda surprised Formula “Follow the Leader” is even televised….ya, I know…probably a little overboard but good Lord….craziest race I’ve seen in a long while!!!

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