IndyCar Kentucky Race 7th Closest Finish Ever

This is Why I Love IndyCar Racing

8/2/09 in IndyCar   |   Eric_   |   7716 respect

JrCanuckFan did a quick write-up of last night's IndyCar race at Kentucky Speedway, but I wanted to elaborate a bit much, and frankly, get on my soap box a bit.

Admittedly, this has been a terrible year for the racing in general, particularly on the ovals. The Dallara chassis has been around for 7 years, and with a rule book that keeps tightening, the cars have gotten more and more equal, and as such it's gotten harder to harder to pass. The result has been boring racing dominated by the big two teams: Penske and Ganassi.

IndyCar, to their credit, realized things couldn't continue this way, and made some aerodynamic rule tweaks, allowing the teams to experiement a little. Push-to-pass, an extra 5-20 horsepower 12 second boost everytime the drivers pressed the button, was also implemented.

If any specific change did it, or a combination of, it worked last night in Kentucky. The side-by-side racing all through the field that IndyCar is known for returned. While the race was eventually won by Penske's Ryan Briscoe, the big teams didn't dominate. Five different teams ended up in the top six, and Vision Racing's Ed Carpenter came oh so close to winning his first race. After spending the final 10-15 laps side-by-side, Briscoe nipped Carpenter by .0162 seconds, the 7th closest finish in series history.

Below in a fan video of the closing laps. I have a feeling many here wonder why I love IndyCar so much, and admittedly there's a lot of (mostly off-track) things messed up about this series. In the end, you just can't get this kind of side-by-side action consistenly anywhere else.

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8/3/09   |   Eric_   |   7716 respect

alsportsfreak wrote:
this is like a shotting only happend once in a while.... 

Did you read the article? This used to be the *norm* of IndyCar racing on ovals. That was the series trademark. The last two years had gotten away from that, but Saturday night it was like it used to be, and hopefully it stays that way.

8/2/09   |   blondie45044   |   5873 respect

alsportsfreak wrote:
this is like a shotting only happend once in a while.... 

There are millions of such particles colliding with the atmosphere every day (I mean day and night). But since you can only see them at night, and you can only look at a small part of the sky at once, when stargazing you can expect to see a shooting star every 10 to 15 minutes.

Now back to the subject at hand, I believe as the new drivers enter into both leagues there will be more and more spectacular finishes! Nice article thanks for sharing!

8/2/09   |   Debi_L   |   11868 respect

Oh here we go again, the effing expert on all things sports related.  What an effing joke!!!!

8/2/09   |   alsportsfreak   |   2 respect

this is like a shotting only happend once in a while.... 

8/2/09   |   Debi_L   |   11868 respect

Well give me a holla for the next one. Never been a big IRL fan, and my reasons for wanting to watch
now, are definitely not the same as Eric's, but I am hearing a lot of talk about the Push To Pass..would like to see it first hand!

I will.  After the "racing" the IRL has had, this was 100% turnaround and it honestly was every bit as exciting as the N'wide race.   My biggest b*tch was always that if the cars wrecked even a little, they were out for good, but with the way they can quickly replace wings, nose pieces and other parts, that isn't even a factor any more.  The IRL is racing, and if you like speed, you like passing, you like close finishes then what we saw yesterday is definitely racing.

8/2/09   |   Toejam   |   22 respect

what a great finish....I hope that Indy Car has gotten it figured out and turned around.....

8/2/09   |   Debi_L   |   11868 respect

I said it last night and I'll say it again, IndyCar is back.  The racing last night is why I loved the series to start with, and why I will continue to follow it the rest of this year and into the next - as long as they are racing like this, I'm a fan.