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Old 13 Mar 2017, 11:14 (Ref:3718348)   #466
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Not sure about that.

I watched both yesterday evening and NASCAR kept me interested far more than Indy did, that was a very boring race.
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Old 13 Mar 2017, 11:41 (Ref:3718358)   #467
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Not sure about that.

I watched both yesterday evening and NASCAR kept me interested far more than Indy did, that was a very boring race.
St. Pete's was not the most exciting race but the televising wasn't particularly good. Dixon made several passes to get back into third after being caught out by the FCY but it wasn't shown and the cameras tended to focus on the leaders.
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Old 13 Mar 2017, 13:01 (Ref:3718371)   #468
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St Pete is one of the worse races in the season. That was the case last year as well.
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Old 13 Mar 2017, 14:21 (Ref:3718383)   #469
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It's certainly not one of the most exciting.
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I think with the shape of the cars and the horrible paint jobs, it is harder to follow the races. That is a big problem for one. I liked Indycar much more in the 1990's and early 2000's than I do in 2017. Diss the old I.R.L. all you want but those races were not always predictable and you would get surprise winners a lot. I have nowhere near the interest in Indycar now than I did say 10-15 years ago. I follow sportscars mainly now.

On that point it will be interesting to see if Sebastain Bourdais can win 3 Florida races in a row at Sebring this Saturday.
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I think with the shape of the cars and the horrible paint jobs, it is harder to follow the races.
This is definitely not how I rate the quality of races on.
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Old 17 Mar 2017, 00:37 (Ref:3719233)   #472
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I think with the shape of the cars and the horrible paint jobs, it is harder to follow the races. That is a big problem for one. I liked Indycar much more in the 1990's and early 2000's than I do in 2017. Diss the old I.R.L. all you want but those races were not always predictable and you would get surprise winners a lot. I have nowhere near the interest in Indycar now than I did say 10-15 years ago. I follow sportscars mainly now.

On that point it will be interesting to see if Sebastain Bourdais can win 3 Florida races in a row at Sebring this Saturday.
I don't see how the shape of a race car and the paint job makes it harder to follow a race. The current LMP1 cars aren't exactly lookers and the paint jobs not exactly inspiring



but following any race is pretty straight forward.
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Old 21 Mar 2017, 19:48 (Ref:3720481)   #473
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I think with the shape of the cars and the horrible paint jobs, it is harder to follow the races. That is a big problem for one. I liked Indycar much more in the 1990's and early 2000's than I do in 2017. Diss the old I.R.L. all you want but those races were not always predictable and you would get surprise winners a lot. I have nowhere near the interest in Indycar now than I did say 10-15 years ago. I follow sportscars mainly now.

On that point it will be interesting to see if Sebastain Bourdais can win 3 Florida races in a row at Sebring this Saturday.
My interest peaked between 99 to 06 in the IRL which constantly produced brilliant, close racing with like you say, some surprise winners.

Alex Barron winning in the Blair car for one, think that was 2002? If people actually gave the IRL a chance and got over their issues with TG then the series would have had for more fans. Unification was great but has it actually improved the on track product? I would say no. There is also way too many dull road and street courses which have been added the schedule at the expense of ovals. Ovals of course being the very foundation that US open wheel racing is built on.

What we have now probably does have a deeper field of professional drivers but I find my interest levels have dropped considerably. I don't think the racing will ever get as bad as some of the shams that Champ Car treated us too but it's gone a bit stale for sure. The rubbish tv deal we have in the UK for coverage doesn't excatly help exposure either
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Unification was great but has it actually improved the on track product? I would say no. There is also way too many dull road and street courses which have been added the schedule at the expense of ovals.
I would suggest watching Barber from 2015 and 2016. Also Fontana 2015 and then ask yourself the same question.
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The lack of street and especially road courses is exactly why the irl didn't have more fans.
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The lack of street and especially road courses is exactly why the irl didn't have more fans.
I'm not too sure about street races, there doesn't seem to be much longevity, unless they have been well established, like Long Beach, Detroit and Toronto. Houston came and went as did Baltimore and Boston never happened and as a result we saw IndyCar returning to Watkins Glen, which proved very popular as well as a successful return to Road America.
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