(this phrase being used correctly in this situation) As Zadak once said…
I shall elaborate, Indycar is a single make series (they have used the same car for ages now), much the same as a feeder series.
Because they use a similar format to a feeder series in one single respect (and one that is changing over the cource of the next 2 years anyway with the introduction of aero kits and multiple engine suppliers), that doesn’t make IndyCar a feeder series. IndyCar is the top level of American open-wheel motorsport. We all know the US likes to keep its sports to itself, which means that IndyCar isn’t a feeder series to anything. It’s not a way into F1, it’s an alternative to F1 of American origin, and one that has seen many international races around the world including long-term hosts Canada and Brazil, along with Japan, Germany and the UK amongst others.
IndyCar also has it’s own ladder beneath it. Indy Lights, Formula Atlantic, Star Mazda, the Skip Barber 2000′s…
Indycar has a way lower entry cost than F1, or any other top flight motorsport.
So? Good for it. That’ll explain the many teams, sponsors and full set of drivers, far more than have entered F1 this year, even with Renault and HRT doing their best to let evertone under the sun have a drive. May it contine in the right direction rather than pricing teams, venues, and eventually fans out of interest.
What european who enters indycar has their ambition to stay there? No european driver dreams of racing in American series, they all want to get through to F1 surely.
You’ll have to ask the Scot who’s leading the way in the current season and has been champion for the past 4 years running, having first raced in the top flight of American single seaters in 1997, and the many other Europeans (and South Americans, Asians and Australasians) who call the series home, producing good drives on interesting courses, rather than wanting to end up at the tail end of an F1 field in a crap car.
Only the prestige of the Indy 500 keeps Indycar from becoming just a stepping stone into other series, like NASCAR.
So you’re saying that IndyCar would completely cease to be if the Indy 500 was knocked off the calendar? I find that hard to believe.
Indycar is not what it once was, it used to be the American F1 but it’s just not any more.
But it is. It’s the top tier of American open wheeled motorsport, and the US being what it is, that makes it far more important than, say the top tier of British open wheeled motorsport, which would be the British F3 championship, which is at least 2 steps away from F1 in the pecking order. IndyCar is the top of its ladder, rather than being below F1 on the same ladder Many drivers have switched ladders in both directions with varying degrees of success, as we know, but to say that IndyCar is or have ever been merely an American feeder series to F1 just isn’t true.