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SBD/Issue 162/Leagues & Governing Bodies
Cleveland, Houston Trying To Secure '09 IndyCar Series Races
Published May 13, 2008
|Former Champ Car Events Trying To
Secure Spot On IRL Schedule In '09
POLE POSITION: YAHOO SPORTS' Bob Margolis said the new qualifying format for the Indianapolis 500 in which only 11 cars qualify for each of the first three of four qualifying days, has "captivated and entertained as the name at the top of the speed chart changed with such frequency it was hard to keep up not only with who was sitting at the top, but who was next up to make an attempt to unseat the pole sitter." The new format and "in part the new unified field also produced the largest Pole Day crowd" since the split of open-wheel racing in '96 (SPORTS.YAHOO.com, 5/10). But in Indianapolis, Bob Kravitz wrote the final hour of qualifying on Saturday, "normally the wildest and most unpredictable of the day, turned into an absolute snoozefest." There were "several teams and their drivers waving white flags of surrender." With Scott Dixon in the pole position, the "realistic front-row challengers -- Helio Castroneves, Danica Patrick, Tony Kanaan and Marco Andretti -- were invisible. Not exactly must-see TV" (INDIANAPOLIS STAR, 5/11).