moby wrote:Not having a dig at indy here, I really don't know, but what is the difference between indy and a spec series F1 ?
Here is an article from a couple of years ago that I linked in another thread that might give you some ides of the business end of the INDY series.
Currently, Indy is running about half of their races on Ovals and the rest on Street/Road courses. That requires a dramatically different car than the F1 cars as the strain on a car running in excess of 230mph on a 2.5 mile oval such as at Indianapolis for a distance of 500 miles is a lot different than the requirements of the cars for the road courses. An F1 car would fail miserably, to my understanding, at IMS for example without substantial modifications, and an Indy car would be slow on an F1 track by comparison to an F1 car.
Here are the chassis & engine specifications for the 2014 Dallara INDY cars...http://www.indycar.com/Fan-Info/INDYCAR-101/The-Car-Dallara/IndyCar-Series-Chassis-Specifications
I am not an engineering type, so I don't get involved in that aspect as much. What I can say is that I have been to multiple Indy 500s, and to all but last year's USGP since 2000.... and to be honest, I enjoy them both... greatly. Despite the ignorance displayed on many F1 forums, Ovals are a legitimate racing venue, and they do require Skills on the part of the driver. And they also appeal to the racing fan in a different way. If you have an open mind and attend the race to enjoy extremely fast racing, drafting, and close side by side, nose to tail racing, then you will enjoy an Oval race.
I have never understood why some have so much trouble enjoying both F1 and INDY and/or NASCAR... They are all three legitimate forms of auto racing and they have their strengths (and weaknesses). Obviously, I enjoy them all, but to each his/her own.
Hope this helps, moby