I am not sure why everyone is putting the blame on Tony George. I am far from his biggest fan, but IIRC Robin Miller has stated on a couple of occasions that Bernie was asking for way to much money. I tend to believe this from F1s recent past of race locations. Kind of hard to compete against an entire country. Especially when these countries are trying to bring with whatever comes with hosting a F1 race to their country. Plus, one shouldn't forget that Tony was spending way to much money and it was running out.
Originally Posted by Bond 007
+1 to all that. George should be shot like a rabid dog for what he did to IndyCar and F1 at Indianapolis. I couldnt even stand to hear his name for a long time. I became a reluctant fan of Champ Car (CART) during the big split because the real IndyCars (turbocharged, etc) went there and many of my favorite drivers as well as many of the best tracks. I lost my love for IndyCar when they went to all ovals (there....I said it oink) and slower cars.
That being said.....IndyCar has come a long way in the last 5 years. They are turbocharged again so they sound similar to the good ole days, all the drivers that are not retired are back, they are racing on more and more of the great road and street courses of yore and there is no closer racing anywhere.
The Indianapolis 500 is still not what it used to be (the fastest 33 cars in the world) and probably never will be "The Greatest Spectacle in Racing" again in my mind. With the use of spec cars that claim is hard to swallow. The days of someone entering a turbine car or something innovative like that and being able to race it there simply because its fast enough will probably never happen again. But does that mean that I am going to turn my back on the race forever? The answer is a resounding NO. I still have passion for the Indianapolis 500.
BTW... Ed Carpenter is on the Pole. 228.762 mph.
George had an opportunity when he first started the series to actually make the IRL something, but it was completely mismanaged.
As for Indy today, I have said it before, but it is a minor league series now. The best drivers are now in F1 or Nascar unlike twenty years ago when the Cart drivers could be included.
I am not sure why you hate the spec cars. They at least have options on the engine. The other option would be spec engine and free chassis. Not sure I like the sound of that. If both are free, then you will end up with boring processional racing. As I said in another post from Van Valkenburgh, Fnone for the engineers and Fspec for the drivers.