pc27b wrote:ims has a safety crew, but it was the indy car safety crew that saved him. this crew travels with the series to every race. same safety crew that saved zanardi. (not all the same guys, but the same traveling safety crew they have had for decades) not the volunteers that each track hires
the series and the speedway are hurting and have been for years. so they want eye popping numbers and new track records, so too do many fans. i don'tt agree with that, just because the speeds are higher, doesn't make for better racing. it's become to much like restrictor plate racing, plant your right foot and go (terrible imo) they don't lift in the corners and the speed in the corners is way to high. drivers can't correct
You are right, pc. I shoiuld separated the IndyCar safety crew from the Speedway crew. I often fall into the trap of thinking of IndyCar and IMS as one and the same. Either way, it is a superb crew and many a driver owes them a great debt.
I agree, and disagree, with the second part of your post. I hated the in-car cameras and sound during qualifying, when there was never a change in engine note due to being flat out around the whole track. However, in race conditions, with traffic, that changes a bit, and of course, you have drafting and "packs" that effect how you handle the course. I do like the speed, as I said, the speeds at Indy are unlike any other racing I have ever had a chance to see in person. Slowing them down as they did before... only to see them climb again to near original highs may help... for a while. However, they have to be careful in that, be careful not to take away that element that makes the 500 what it is/was. It was interesting to hear some of the drivers say on Sunday qualifying, after the boost had been turned down, that the car became boring to drive... basically that element of challenge had been removed. Of course, that was when there was but one car on the track at a time, the race could well be different, or at least we would hope so. From a fan viewpoint, I don't know if I could tell the difference between 237mph and 232mph coming into Turn 3 from the stands or not, but if it were a noteable difference, how would we view it?
You have been to a few of them as well, and to 500s before I ever got the chance to go in person. I envy you in that... I would have loved to see the Unsers racing, Mears, Foyt, Andretti, et al. All of my visits have been this century, starting in 2000. No matter when one went though, it was about the speed... that isn't just a modern day "gimick" to get the fans. There is no doubt that the 500 has lost ground when it comes to fans, and as you say, they have been for years. I believe it started with the CART/IRL split... and was made worse by frightening economic times. In fact almost all race series have experienced a drop-off be it NASCAR, Indy or F1. With all the electronic distractions, I am not sure that any of them will ever bounce back to previous highs.
All that said, let us all hope for a good safe race... and a Penske victory!