Originally Posted by Ericglo
I thought the new car was developed, because it had been TEN years with the last one. Also, they wanted to move to a new engine. There is no reason an elegant looking car can't be safe.
As for the second part of your reply, Indycars is probably more of 1A league. Not AAA, but definitely not on the level of F1 or Nascar. Is there any Indy driver that would be even remotely competitive in either series. Maybe Dario or Will could be bumping on the top fifteen in competitive equipment in Nascar. I can't see any of the drivers being no better than a back marker in F1.
I am guessing when you say F1 couldn't cut it you are talking about Indy. If so, then there lies the problem with this series. It is all about one race. Heck, the series is even named after the race. That is fine, if that is what you are trying to achieve. It just doesn't create interest in the rest of the races.
Look at the end of the day, you aren't going to change my mind and I am probably not going to change your mind (especially after seeing your screen name
). One parting thought on the car though is that it seems like a lot of Robin Miller's readers agree with me.
Yes, I know we aren't going to change each other's minds, but when I talk about F1 not cutting it in the U.S., I'm not so shallow as to limit my remarks and my reasons to Indy.
First of all, I love racing in almost all forms... NASCAR, IndyCar, Formula One, Sports Cars, etc., etc. I have seen F1 races at Watkins Glen and Indianapolis. I followed the CanAm series when the greats of racing made that series super exciting and I followed them to Watkins Glen, Road Atlanta, and Road America. So please don't insinuate that I'm a one-trick (or one-track) pony. In fact, I've spent more years at IMS (IndyCars, NASCAR, and F1) than I care to remember. When the greedy idiots chose to split the Indy cars into two factions in the mid-90s, that marked the rapid decline of the glory days for IndyCar racing in general and, to a great extent, the Indy 500 itself. It's hard for those of us who truly remember how great is was to accept the fact that those days are apparently long gone.
The fact remains, however, that the Indianapolis 500 is still here and is still the greatest one-day sporting event in the world. The fact also remains that F1 has been trying to find a U.S. audience for many years. If you are unaware of the failed attempts of F1 to remain a presence here, the following link may refresh your memory:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_Grand_Prix
I hope the 2012 race brings F1 back to the U.S. for a good, long time but based on past history, I have my doubts.
P.S. I admire Robin Miller also.