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IndyCar Officials Attempting To Restore Series' Stature With Recent Changes
Published May 25, 2012
MAY I MAKE A SUGGESTION? The AP’s Paul Newberry wrote for IndyCar to “regain anything resembling the gravitas it had during that glorious era when icons such as A.J. Foyt and Mario Andretti reigned over the Brickyard, there must be some serious changes.” Newberry suggested several changes that include an emphasis on speed, allowing more of the drivers' personalities to enter the sport, standardizing race start times and expanding the series. IndyCar also would be “well served to give its drivers a little more leeway with their lips.” There are “some intriguing personalities in the garage," including the "social media-savvy” James Hinchcliffe and Helio Castroneves. In addition, there is “absolutely no consistency to the start times on this year's schedule.” There are “eight different start times for the 16 races, which makes it tough for those at home to keep up." Driver Justin Wilson: "I know when a NASCAR race is going to be on. For the most part, it's either Saturday night or Sunday afternoons. We need to pick a start time that's universal." Newberry wrote, “Everyone knows that 16 races are not enough, which is why IndyCar officials are actively pursuing more events.” They have already announced a new street race in Houston for ‘13 and “are downright desperate to get more ovals on the schedule.” Driver Graham Rahal: "We're out of the public's eye too much" (AP, 5/24).