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Old 14 Jan 2022, 19:17 (Ref:4093769)   #16
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Yes, if they went slower they wouldn't have the potential for flight and climbing fences. And then no one would be watching and the ultimate in safety would be reached, no racing.

Short tracks gaining in popularity where?? Certainly not with formula cars, we're losing more than gaining.

Chili Bowl is called a 1/4 mile but supposedly MUCH closer to 1/5 mile. At 10.xx lap times they're in the low 70s at best top speed. Supposedly outdoor larger tracks they are running closer to 100s for the fastest guys but most are 80-90s
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Old 14 Jan 2022, 19:28 (Ref:4093770)   #17
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Yes, if they went slower they wouldn't have the potential for flight and climbing fences. And then no one would be watching and the ultimate in safety would be reached, no racing.
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Old 14 Jan 2022, 20:35 (Ref:4093782)   #18
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Your argument isn't in a vacuum, there has to be consideration of whether or not X change could or would be accepted by teams, drivers and fans. Debating with consideration of the result of doing x isn't going anywhere.
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IndyCar needs to be faster than Nascar, or it loses its purpose.


So they need to match Nascar's excellent safety record. The aeroscreen is a big step.
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So they need to match Nascar's excellent safety record. The aeroscreen is a big step.
There is a lot of marketing play in the speed for sure - comparisons with NASCAR and Formula 1 often point out the qualifying speeds at the Indy 500. And gone are the days when prototypes at Le Mans did 240+ MPH down the Mulsanne, so IndyCar really does have a claim to being "the fastest". They'll not want to give that up by slowing the cars down.
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Putting this in perspective, the last fatality on an oval was Justin Wilson at Pocono in 2015 and that was a freak accident. Otherwise, it was Dan Wheldon in 2011 at Las Vegas.

Since then pack racing, which was a feature of IRL oval races and a contributory factor in Wheldon's accident has been eliminated. There has been the introduction of Safer Barrier. The DW 12/IR 18 has a much stronger chassis than its predecessor; both Wickens' accident at Pocono and Scott Dixon's accident at the 500 in 2017 are testament to that and, as has been mentioned, there has been the introduction of the Aeroscreen.
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