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6th May 2013, 18:26 at 6:26 pm #236250
There are reasons why IndyCar races on so many street circuits. That’s where the fans are and the race promoters are dependent on ticket sales to make their money. Unlike F1 where almost all of the races are dependent on state-sponsorship, most IndyCar races don’t have the taxpayers footing the costs of having the race.
Additionally, as I recall there is a limit on the number of top-level motorsport events an F1 circuit can hold. Montreal had until this year the NASCAR and the Grand-Am Series. The series already spends a large amount of it’s money paying the teams to participate in the Sao Paulo race, going to Interlagos would be more expensive. COTA is being looked at although it seems COTA is using it’s other race weekends for V8 Supercars and ALMS. As for the Indianapolis road course, really? This recent article pretty clearly details the reasons why IndyCar shouldn’t be going there.
I also think that IndyCar is trying to avoid F1 tracks so that we can’t directly compare laptimes. This is because while the and IndyCar has relatively similar downforce and power to a modern F1 car (obviously with the continual refinement of F1 the downforce is higher and as for power it depends on the turbo boost level but if the engines were turned to full boost design limit then they would crank out about 900+ bhp) the stronger, and thus heavier chassis required for ovals slows the cars down. This is easy for a casual fan to notice, but difficult for them to understand.16th October 2012, 4:43 at 4:43 am #211479
I’m not from Texas, but the way it works over in my corner of the USA is that with the appropriate permit carrying a concealed firearm is legal on most public property. Some areas (i.e. Courtrooms, Hospitals, etc.) are not covered. On private property which is most likely what the track is, the ability to do so is entirely up to the property owner. So while the track could allow it they can also disallow it which is what they appear to be doing.2nd July 2012, 20:53 at 8:53 pm #204930
In the U.S. the British GP is being broadcast on Fox. Speed TV carries everything else for this race (practice, quali, etc.) but the race is on the FOX network.15th June 2012, 10:55 at 10:55 am #184427
The question now though is where will IndyCar race instead in order to meet their 16 race requirement. According to SpeedTV there are multiple options under consideration.
1. Add another oval to the schedule at either Kentucky, Michigan, Chicagoland, Pocono, or Phoenix raceway.
2. Join in on the American Le Mans Series race weekend at Road America.
3. Join in on the Grand Am Race at Laguna Seca.
4. Race on the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Road Course
It’s getting a little late here so I’ll post my opinion of these in a bit but I’m interested in what everyone else thinks or any other ideas you have.29th March 2012, 2:25 at 2:25 am #198339
I’m pretty sure that F1 Venues are limited to 3 or 4 non-F1 races per year. The Circuit of the Americas already has Moto GP and V8 Supercars visiting as well so I’m not sure how open they are to bringing in IndyCar.24th March 2012, 23:36 at 11:36 pm #197991
The Lotus performance deficit is likely at least partially because they had the shortest development period for their engines. I also think Chevrolet have a bit of an edge since they’re actually made by Ilmor who made the previous Honda Indycar Engines.6th January 2012, 15:24 at 3:24 pm #187925
Rovals? Possible though I don’t think so. Most of the major Rovals in the United States are part of Major NASCAR tracks who I feel are beginning to see Indycar as a threat. Same reason why Indycar won’t go back to Watkins Glen anytime soon. ISC who are under the control of the same people who run NASCAR don’t want Indycar there as it may take viewers away from NASCAR whose viewership has been falling. Laguna Seca I don’t see happening because there are already two races in California which means a third could make all three unprofitable if they start fighting for attendees. I don’t see a reason why Sebring couldn’t be an option though I can’t imagine Indycar hasn’t already considered it.13th December 2011, 21:41 at 9:41 pm #187531
1. Rubens Barichello stays with a once again front running Williams team.
2. 5 way duel for the title between Jenson Button, Lewis Hamilton, Rubens Barichello, Mark Webber, and Felipe Massa concluding at the penultimate round with Rubens coming out on top.
3. Team Lotus/Caterham scores a point
4. Surprise win from a midfielder (i.e. FI, Sauber)
5. Pastor Maldonado loses his superlicense.29th November 2011, 8:02 at 8:02 am #186266
Rubens’s seat is safer though not a given. Williams still have him, Bottas, Sutill, Maldonado, and maybe even Hulkenberg to choose from to fill their two race seats.13th October 2011, 22:32 at 10:32 pm #182503
Start: Unadilla Township, Michigan, United States
1: United States
2: Auto Racing
3: Michael Schumacher29th September 2011, 4:19 at 4:19 am #179353
I would suggest as the 10th car either an Indycar (not the current one, but a historic one) or possibly a much older f1 car, possibly 60’s era.1st August 2011, 2:14 at 2:14 am #175756
I completely agree. However some of those channels actually have to pay to be included in the service as so so few people watch them. I’d kind of forgotten there was so much crap out there as I’ve come to just memorize the channel numbers for the substantive ones, but point taken.31st July 2011, 2:28 at 2:28 am #175750
Firstly at least here in the U.S. all pay TV is either Cable, FIOS, or Satellite. The channels that are only available through these services are only available there because there are a limited amount of channels which can be sent over the air. It is not technically possible for all of these channels to be Free to Air. Also at least with some premium channels here paying for them is necessary as they are ad-free.31st July 2011, 1:51 at 1:51 am #175623
Will Buxton already does the pit lane commentary for SpeedTV’s F1 Coverage so he may well get promoted as he is the only one of the SpeedTV team who actually attends races.
As for Johnny Herbert last December I heard him commentating on a FIA GT race so someone has employed him for commentary duties.30th July 2011, 10:23 at 10:23 am #175504
Best Driver: Fernando Alonso
Worst Driver: Narain Karthikeyan
Lewis Hamilton Award for Best Rookie: Sergio Perez
Yuji Ide Award for Worst Rookie: Pastor Maldonado
Best Team: Red Bull
Worst Team: HRT
Best Overtake so far:Hamliton overtaking Vettel in China
Best Funny-moment so far: Jenson Button driving into the Red Bull Pits.
Takuma Sato Award for Erratic Driving: Lewis Hamliton
Most Surprising Result: Williams being down as far as they are.
Least Surprising Result: Only Red Bull, Mclaren, and Ferrari challenging for race wins tied with Valencia exploring new levels of dullness.
Best Grand Prix so far: Canada
Worst Grand Prix so far: Valencia
Season Rating: 6.5/10