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December 17, 2010

The IZOD Indy Car Series Speed Quest: Learning From Mistakes of the Past

Filed under: The Disciple Blogs — Disciple of INDYCAR @ 7:33 pm

I believe most people are happy with Randy Bernard’s proclamation that speed records should be challenged immediately, and I am on board along with other fans and lots of drivers. Graham Rahal indicated yesterday that in terms of sensation, it’s all fast over 230. Smacking a wall at 240 may not hurt worse than 230.

Assuming they work the technology out to facilitate such advancement, is it for Indy only? What happens when Eddie Gossage wants a piece of the action? Back in 2001 the then living cart series, in their years-long scorching of the open wheel earth, decided they should be faster than IRL cars on a track where they were both going to run.

As was their knack, they stepped on their genitals again, and in the Lone Star state no less. Thousands of racing fans who wanted to attend were turned away at the gate because the drivers were going TOO fast and blacking out.  They did not bother to cancel until some fans were in and others were trickling in.

The lesson here is not a split re-hash, but a reminder to try and use mistakes as something to learn from. I understand Randy’s exuberance, but caution is in order to avoid mistakes borne of hubris. Records are made to be broken and that is exciting to watch. Just be careful you don’t pull a cart. The Indy Car Series has generally always acquitted itself well at Texas, and that track is featuring something we have not seen in 30 years with the twin races, so let’s be careful about gimmickry.




  1. Another silly blog. Keeep them coming. Try to strike down the enthusiasm as much as you can.

    Comment by Duane — December 18, 2010 @ 12:07 am | Reply

  2. It’s probably Indy only next year. As for 2012, plan is to have 750 HP on road courses, and 550HP on ovals. If they want to raise speeds then they could do 600-650 HP, and if it’s too much somewhere, then just drop back down a little, so the CART Texas issue shouldn’t come up

    Comment by dylanpt24 — December 19, 2010 @ 4:13 am | Reply

  3. censorship in the comment section. they can’t be saying it if nobody sees it. grow a pair, sack up, man up and stop deleting my comments, you bootlicking hypocrite.

    Editor’s Note: Look, kid. Post like an adult and your comments will see the light of day. Continue acting like an idiot and they hit the trash can faster than you can whine. Capisce?

    Comment by trackforum gestapo — December 19, 2010 @ 7:59 pm | Reply

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