An Open Letter to NASCAR Fans
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NASCAR Fans, This is the Week to Give IndyCar a Chance

8/27/09 in IndyCar   |   Eric_   |   7716 respect

Dear NASCAR Fans,

I know. Most of you may see me as that rabid, insane IndyCar fan. Just hear me out on this one, OK? Great.

I saw that the Sprint Cup is off this week. Given the nearing end of the regular season, that has to be a letdown. What then is a race fan to do to get a fix? For that, I present the IndyCar Series race Saturday night at Chicagoland Speedway.

It’s a fact. Indy cars in Chicago produce amazing racing. Of the 10 closest 1-2 finishes in series history, four of them happened at Chicagoland, including the top two. Last year’s race ranks #2, with Helio Castroneves defeating Scott Dixon by .0033 seconds. The whole race will be like that, with many instances of 2-wide and even 3-wide racing all throughout the field, inches apart at 210+ mph. As some may know, racing like that, formally IndyCar’s calling card, has been lacking much of the season. However, aerodynamic changes made before the Kentucky race appeared to have fixed the problem, and given Chicagoland’s history, the racing could easily take another step forward

While this year’s race won’t have the added significance of being the championship decider, it will be at night for the first time, which can only add to the proceedings aesthetically. The race will also still have an impact on what that has been yet another fantastic championship battle. With three races left, Ryan Briscoe leads Dario Franchitti by just 4 points. Defending champion Dixon is right behind in 3rd place, just 20 points back. The championship lead has changed after 13 of 14 races this year, downright unheard of movement.

Yes, obviously IndyCar is screwed up off-track, as fans can note in great, laborious detail, and yes, a certain driver that rhymes with Banica Matrick will likely receive much more coverage that her placing deserves (although it would be much worse on ESPN than it is on Versus). Still, when it comes to the on-track product, IndyCar doesn’t get better than Chicagoland, and in my opinion, racing doesn’t get much better than this. I’m not saying watch the series full-time (although I heartily encourage that), but I am saying with NASCAR’s top series off for the week, give this one race a try. I guarantee you will enjoy it.
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8/30/09   |   Debi_L   |   11287 respect

Toejam wrote:
what an incredible race, fantastic action and close side by side action flag to flag....best of all is was SAFE and clean.....Indycar is doing something right to put a procuct like that on the track in front of the fans.....i hope that nascar was watching....loved the split screen ads.....

Exactly TJ, Why can't NASCAR pay attention?  I love the way other racing series are reacting to the fans.  The IRL racing was lagging, much like NASCAR is, so what does IRL do? They come up with a solution, they implement it immediately, part way thru the season, and it's DONE.  No discussing, over-analyzing, delaying, more analyzing and discussing, they just DO it, and the result is better racing, immediately.

NASCAR will look at it for two years and then present it like it was some great idea THEY just thought up.

I still love NASCAR, but sheesh, the Double file restarts was just one step in the right direction, don't stop now!

8/30/09   |   Toejam   |   22 respect

what an incredible race, fantastic action and close side by side action flag to flag....best of all is was SAFE and clean.....Indycar is doing something right to put a procuct like that on the track in front of the fans.....i hope that nascar was watching....loved the split screen ads.....

8/30/09   |   Debi_L   |   11287 respect

THAT was one Effing AWESOME race!!! Congrats to Briscoe and I wanna see that ending AGAIN! Stupid TSN cut to a football game that ended an hour earlier - once again proving they are the "Losers in sports"

8/29/09   |   Eric_   |   7716 respect

Eric_ wrote:
Mixed signals right now. Practice was filled with side-by-side racing, no problem. However, it's going to be cold and windy tonight. This could really hurt the grip in the tires and make everyone gun shy.

*sigh* I should have known I was going to jinx it and ruin what's left of my credibility.

Scratch this. The racing has been incredible, especially since the restart on lap 100. I hope you guys who said you were gonna watch are.

8/29/09   |   Eric_   |   7716 respect

Mixed signals right now. Practice was filled with side-by-side racing, no problem. However, it's going to be cold and windy tonight. This could really hurt the grip in the tires and make everyone gun shy.

*sigh* I should have known I was going to jinx it and ruin what's left of my credibility.

8/27/09   |   richjames41   |   29 respect

BestofChicago wrote:
I will be at this race, anybody else?

yep me too ...for the truck race ...that is

8/27/09   |   Debi_L   |   11287 respect

wrote:
If it has wheels and goes fast, I watch it!  If I can only watch one event and there are several on TV, I would choose NASCAR first.  That being said, if Cup is not on, I will search out any form of racing!   If all else fails, I pop in the DVD of LeMans with Steve McQueen and smell the Goodyear Eagle racing tire my daughter has in her room!

I'm with you on that one Tina, except I pop in old races from the 90's, nothing like Atlanta in '92, or Michigan in '95, or Daytona in '98 to get the blood boiling, but as long as there is racing of ANY kind on TV, I'm on it!

8/27/09   |   Toejam   |   22 respect

wrote:
If it has wheels and goes fast, I watch it!  If I can only watch one event and there are several on TV, I would choose NASCAR first.  That being said, if Cup is not on, I will search out any form of racing!   If all else fails, I pop in the DVD of LeMans with Steve McQueen and smell the Goodyear Eagle racing tire my daughter has in her room!

LeMans is one of my favorite movies along with James Garner in Grand Prix.....the best racing movies ever made imo.....

8/27/09   |   BestofChicago   |   51 respect

I will be at this race, anybody else?

8/27/09   |   Debi_L   |   11287 respect

No convincing needed here Eric, as I am a RACING fan first and foremost.  Last year's race was awesome and I don't intend to miss this years.  Besides, the Indy race is tied in with the Camping World Truck Series race, and I wouldn't be surprised if there were a few NASCAR drivers watching that IRL race........