Posts Tagged ‘NASCAR’
Steph wants to know why the death of Dan Wheldon and the demise of pack racing in INDYCAR hasn’t been enough to open NASCAR’s eyes.
INDYCAR has once again being scooped by NASCAR on an innovation it was first to embrace. INDYCAR needs to take a long, hard look at the reasons why.
Randy Bernard announced on Tuesday that a $5 million prize is on offer to any non-IndyCar driver who can beat the entire field of Series regulars at Las Vegas. If all of these takers pan out, INDYCAR could have a near-impossible task at hand in having to narrow the list down to five challengers.
As the speculation surrounding the 2012 IZOD IndyCar Series schedule continues at full speed, the latest round of rumors to surface comes courtesy of the new best friend of the Series, Speedway Motorsports, Inc. (SMI), and its mega promoter, Texas Motor Speedway President Eddie Gossage.
Chicagoland Speedway confirmed this morning that they will host the opening round of the 2011 NASCAR Sprint Cup Chase for the Championship on September 18, 2011. And, once again, it appears likely that International Speedway Corporation (ISC) will send the IZOD IndyCar Series packing in an effort to bolster the status of its NASCAR event.
I’m sure everyone who follows the IZOD IndyCar Series has heard the news that Bruton Smith of Speedway Motorsports Inc. and Indy Racing League CEO Randy Bernard have reached some sort of agreement to offer a $20 million bonus to any driver who can win both the Coca-Cola 600 and the Indianapolis 500 on the same day. The logic behind the deal is obviously that cross-pollinating drivers between the IZOD IndyCar Series and the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series will bring greater attention to both, but I have to wonder how much this is really going to be of benefit to the nation’s premier open-wheel racing series.
If one is to provide a well-rounded position on IndyCar’s place in the world of motorsport, it’s necessary to sample the other products on offer from time to time. It was in that spirit that I sat down to watch the Daytona 500 on Sunday. Wait a minute — or was that the Daytona 510? Or 520? Sorry. I lost track.
Planet-IRL’s IRL Editor, Paul, has written an excellent summary of why the fans should be very excited about IZOD’s new involvement in the series as its title sponsor. Let’s get into this in more detail and take a closer look at the demographics involved.
Since I’m stuck for 6+ hours at the Seattle airport, I’ve got plenty of time to jot down some thoughts on what we’ve seen in the IndyCar season so far. I haven’t reviewed anything, so whatever comes to mind are those events that really stick out.
News is starting to leak from Curt Cavin via Twitter that Danica Patrick will indeed be staying in the IndyCar Series next year with AGR.
I’ve long contended that if Danica is going to make the move to NASCAR, she is going to do so with Stewart-Haas Racing. She has said all along that she will only go where she has the best chance to win. When looking at NASCAR, that narrows your choices to Hendrick, Stewart-Haas, Gibbs, and Roush. Those four teams have combined to win 17 or 19 races so far this year — the only exception being Tallageda (where Roush nearly won but the fence got in the way) and Charlotte.