Sunday, February 26, 2012

Indycar Roundtable: Week 4

Indycar Roundtable is a discussion between 7 Indycar fans (including one driver) about our opinions and predictions on various topics of the upcoming season of the IZOD Indycar Series. If you have any comments on anyone's comments, feel free to tweet at them, their twitter handle is indicated next to their name. Today’s question is:


What will post-Danica Indycar be like?


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Steve Jarzombek @sejarzo


Not much different from what we have seen in recent years, to be honest! Danica is a solid racer, not a champion, but very reliable. While no one is likely to make a case that her image in the public eye was backed up by her results on the track, her role in not allowing IndyCar to slip completely off the radar during the time when NASCAR's dominance continued to grow cannot be denied. She was obviously frustrated with the lack of more wins, and that often showed through in her persona at the track. I actually never met her at the track, only at a charity event. She was personable, chatty, and charming with not a hint of the scowl that was often seen at the track in 2010 and 2011.

I wish her well in her move to NASCAR, as she's much too young and talented to be aa unhappy with her professional life as she was last year. Likewise, it gives Andretti a good opportunity to freshen things up, and who can deny that Hinch will be a hoot to watch in the GoDaddy car?

With the new car, new engines, and other changes, I feel that IndyCar has more than enough going on now to make up for any potential loss of Danica-generated buzz, so this is a great year for her to make the switch.

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Tyler Duke @indycarpeggio


Danica definitely brought fans to Indycar, so it remains to be seen whether they will stay after she's gone! Hopefully they have been bitten by the Indycar bug! I don't really think Indycar as a whole will really lose much though. She is a famous driver, but she was only one driver, and just a small part of what makes Indycar exciting.


Danica definitely brought fans to Indycar, so it remains to be seen whether they will stay after she's gone! Hopefully they have been bitten by the Indycar bug! I don't really think Indycar as a whole will really lose much though. She is a famous driver, but she was only one driver, and just a small part of what makes Indycar exciting.
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Matthew Hickey @Indycar_MN


As a viewer watching the race, I am ecstatic that my watching the battle for third place between two great drivers won’t be interrupted because we have to go to the back of the field to see 24th place Danica and how she is running. Danica brought a lot of fans to Indycar, the big question is if the stay or go. And if they stay, maybe they will realize all the great personalaties that exist in Indycar, the ones who win and/or have great results, and also ones who don’t whine about everything and blame their pit crew for a bad car at Indy.  The sport has great drivers like Hinch, Newgarden, Rahal, Andretti, and Power that they can devote more time to.
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Matthew Gruenholz @MagooTheSTIG
Who? lol She fits better with the "Tin-tops" in NASCAR, and will have some success driving the bigger, slower cars on the ovals, but very very few wins (restrictor plate tracks) and no Championships.  (@Pressdog can send me a "I told ye Bastards so" shirt if she does win one. lol
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Connor DePhillippi @CDePhillippi11
Post-Danica IndyCar will be wonderful! It will be just as great as it was before she came there and then some. With new names coming into the series, I feel there is a lot good going on for the future years and now we just need to keep letting rookie's get opportunities to move up to the top level just like Newgarden and Hinchcliffe!
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D.J. Jordan @djordan3223
We will get better stories and learn more about all the driver's in the series. Dario Franchitti is in the middle of an unbelievable run. He has won 3 straight season titles. If you add in the fact he didn't race in the IndyCar series in 2008, he has won the last 4 straight in which he has competed in. Target Chip Ganassi Racing has won the last 4 series titles. Who is going to be the next "star" of the series? Hinch? Ryan Hunter-Reay? Josef Newgarden? My hope for this year is more sponsor activation. The good thing about Danica is her sponsors were willing to put her out there in commercials, newspaper & magazine ads, etc.
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Jerry Cruz @jerrycruz1077
This question is very interesting since I was a Danica Fan (I still have a big poster hanging in my house's hallway) and now I'm ready to move on from her. I think we were all blinded by Danicamania and her "star power". My better judgement tells me she was a smoke screen for other drivers to shine. We have the likes of Graham Rahal, Marco Andretti (both represented IndyCar very well during Super Bowl Week), JR Hildebrand and Simona De Silvestro which are all young and very good race car drivers. We also have the veterans who are not too shabby also. My point is: IndyCar did not grow with Danica but can grow immensely without her. We already can see a different Andretti Autosports team without her; more relaxed and more focus. They should win at least 2 races with Chevy power.
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Thanks for reading! Stay tuned for week five of the roundtable debate.

-Matthew Hickey

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