Thursday, December 15, 2011

Oval Analysis

Indycar needs to seperate themselves from the mile and a half high banked non tri-oval race tracks like Chicago and Vegas. Races at Texas will continue to work because alhough speeds there are insane, cars seem to break off into lots of small groups, and safety innovations there are suberb. I'm not saying Indycar should give up on fast tracks. That isn't what I am trying to say at all. What I am saying is we need to analyze the characteristics of the ovals and take safety and other factors into account.


Fence at Las Vegas 10-16-11 (Poles on outside of fencing)              Fence at indy 5-27-11 (Poles on inside of fencing)


Above is a case as to why Indycar needs to do a better job of evaluating the venues they race at. Although it wasn't because of safety, last minute changes at Baltimore that was previously overlooked by Indycar delayed the weekend. Also the ingural race at Sau Paulo had major problems with slick concrete on the front straight. All in all, Indycar must do a better job of inspection before they race weekend gets there.

Here is a list of acceptable ovals that Indycar has a realistic chance of running on. Some of them in there are current ovals arlready on the schedule (bolded). Of course, this is just my opinion. Factors that influence my judgement includes length of track, banking, and geographical location:

Indianapolis
Iowa
Fontana
Texas
Milwaukee
New Hampshire
Nashville
Kentucky
Michigan
Phoenix
Gateway
Charlotte
Atlanta
Motegi
Pikes Peak
Homestead
Rockingham
Pocono
Nazarath

Now I don't know about all y'all, but that is a lot of ovals out there. And if the car is getting better and if the airbox is going away (which will make the cars faster), we as racing fans have a lot to look forward to. Don't worry fans, time to just wait and see.

-Matthew Hickey

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