IndyCar Gets Serious On Racing Incidents, Finally.

In a story posted to Earthlink news, the building drama to the Baltimore Grand Prix takes a hopeful turn. It seems IndyCar officials have become more vigilant of racing incidents and have done better to police them to the Edmonton race.

I didn’t see for myself… exhausted from Tour De France and the tape delay of the F1 race, I figured I’d catch up later. That, and the Toronto race was horrible with caution after reckless caution, it was just too much. And to take the cake, the race leader (Will Power) in Toronto’s race was spun after contact to his rear wheel by Dario Franchitti. It’s debatable as to whether Will Power gave Dario adequate room (seemed he didn’t close the door, then moved over on Dario), even the questionable event seemed to make the race look like a crash derby.

From the article: “It seemed IndyCar officials, after a crash-filled race in Toronto two weeks ago, were taking more of a zero-tolerance approach.

(Will) Power said stricter enforcement is needed.”It will deter people from doing it again,” he said.

“They know if they’re going to hit someone, they’re going to get a drive-through and they’re going to go to the back (of the field) as well.”

I can’t agree more strongly. IndyCar has to present itself as consistent with open-racing rules and while not being the uber-expensive F1 technology, it must still present a level of consistent rule administration above what Nascar does. In open-wheel cars, “rubbing” ain’t always racing.

When the action happens more off-track than on, IndyCar, you’re not going in the right direction: interviewing Will Power, he called Dario the “w-word” (I’m sure it’s on the net) and claimed that Dario races him “dirty”. I can’t weigh in on this because I rarely watch IndyCar these days despite being happy that it actually exists (even with the ovals) after insolvency earlier last decade. There needs to be an open-wheel American series with some possibility to send drivers to the pinnacle of motorsport, F1. All that despite the trials and tribulations of failed attempts by Michael Andretti, Cristiano Da Matta, and most recently, Sebastian Bourdais.

Is it a sign of the devaluing of the American series when former F1 drivers like Jacques Villeneuve, Juan Pablo Montoya and Kimi Raikkonen don’t even consider a drive? Maybe. I don’t know, but the notion of a “wild west” when it comes to rules doesn’t help.

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