IMS board approves road race for IndyCars next May

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IMS board approves road race for IndyCars next May

Post by crl on Thu Sep 26, 2013 5:03 pm

http://www.indianapolismotorspeedway.com/indy500/news/show/type/news/52357-ims-to-host-indycar-road-race-in-may-2014/

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Post by Sparkz47 on Thu Sep 26, 2013 5:17 pm

Hm...well then...

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Post by navycook75 on Thu Sep 26, 2013 5:29 pm

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Post by Alta on Thu Sep 26, 2013 5:46 pm

Interesting.
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Post by PackerMan71 on Thu Sep 26, 2013 5:55 pm

Ooooooh, I'm liking where this is going. Very Happy
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Post by RealRacer4 on Thu Sep 26, 2013 7:22 pm

Alta wrote:Interesting.
This. IMO, I think it should be a non-points race since it's going to be in the same month of the Indy 500. I'm personally not too crazy about the idea but I guess we'll see how things will go from here.

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Post by Pyrozooka0 on Thu Sep 26, 2013 8:45 pm

24 or 33 cars? (personally, I don't think 24 is enough, and that 33 should be Indycar's standard number)

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Post by PackerMan71 on Thu Sep 26, 2013 9:00 pm

Pyrozooka0 wrote:24 or 33 cars? (personally, I don't think 24 is enough, and that 33 should be Indycar's standard number)
The reason IndyCar won't go back to having that size of a field other than in the 500 is because of Dan Wheldon's death at Las Vegas two years ago. They don't want to risk that happening again.

Besides, based on the quality of the races we've seen this season, I think 24 is more than adequate.
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Post by BBoy on Thu Sep 26, 2013 9:23 pm

I can tell that there will some people crying foul over this because its "breaking tradition". However, I think this would add on to the tradition at Indianapolis.
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Re: IMS board approves road race for IndyCars next May

Post by flyingturns89 on Thu Sep 26, 2013 9:33 pm

PackerMan71 wrote:
Pyrozooka0 wrote:24 or 33 cars? (personally, I don't think 24 is enough, and that 33 should be Indycar's standard number)
The reason IndyCar won't go back to having that size of a field other than in the 500 is because of Dan Wheldon's death at Las Vegas two years ago. They don't want to risk that happening again.

Besides, based on the quality of the races we've seen this season, I think 24 is more than adequate.
Actually, I don't believe IndyCar currently has a field limit on any races other than the 500, so technically there could be a 33 car field for the Indy road course. They used one in 2011, which was set 26 cars, but was pretty much ignored because they didn't want to send anybody home. (Hence the huge 30+ car fields in a couple races that year.) Personally, I think field limits should be set by the size of the track.
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Post by bigdc48 on Thu Sep 26, 2013 9:40 pm

Not surprised by this. We'll see how it goes.
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Re: IMS board approves road race for IndyCars next May

Post by Chives2112 on Thu Sep 26, 2013 9:42 pm

flyingturns89 wrote:
PackerMan71 wrote:
Pyrozooka0 wrote:24 or 33 cars? (personally, I don't think 24 is enough, and that 33 should be Indycar's standard number)
The reason IndyCar won't go back to having that size of a field other than in the 500 is because of Dan Wheldon's death at Las Vegas two years ago. They don't want to risk that happening again.

Besides, based on the quality of the races we've seen this season, I think 24 is more than adequate.
Actually, I don't believe IndyCar currently has a field limit on any races other than the 500, so technically there could be a 33 car field for the Indy road course. They used one in 2011, which was set 26 cars, but was pretty much ignored because they didn't want to send anybody home. (Hence the huge 30+ car fields in a couple races that year.) Personally, I think field limits should be set by the size of the track.
Which is exactly how the AAA came up with the 33 car field size after the inaugural 1911 running, even though it wasn't adopted at the Indianapolis 500 until 1915.

The AAA determined that the safest distance between each car spread out around the track would be about 400 feet, equaling to 33 cars around the Indianapolis Motor Speedway (2.5-miles).
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Re: IMS board approves road race for IndyCars next May

Post by PYLrulz on Thu Sep 26, 2013 10:06 pm

PackerMan71 wrote:
Pyrozooka0 wrote:24 or 33 cars? (personally, I don't think 24 is enough, and that 33 should be Indycar's standard number)
The reason IndyCar won't go back to having that size of a field other than in the 500 is because of Dan Wheldon's death at Las Vegas two years ago. They don't want to risk that happening again.

Besides, based on the quality of the races we've seen this season, I think 24 is more than adequate.
Then again, I highly doubt an Indy car is keeping at 220+ for an entire lap on a road course
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Post by JMac525 on Thu Sep 26, 2013 10:12 pm

Well, this is another race at Indy I will go to! Very Happy  And like BBoy said earlier, doing the road course would add tradition instead of breaking it like some people elsewhere are saying. I'm very excited to see it.
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