IndyCar News Week in Review: Death & Decline Edition

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Milwaukee Mile Moribund?: Rumors have Michael Andretti grumbling about lack of fan interest in the upcoming Milwaukee race, threatening to pull his group’s promotion of the historic event. This may simply be Michael playing hardball and attempting to up his company’s revenue in advance of the race, though it could be more . . .

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No More NOLA?: Andretti’s currently in litigation over the NOLA race seeking more money from the local honchos in Louisiana – we say good luck with that. Additional issues with a cherished oval track like Milwaukee would spell serious trouble for a series with too few non-street course events as it is. The loss of NOLA? Much less of a concern in our view, as “One Stop’s Enough.” All this bears watching, and you can bet as always we’ll be wondering, “What’s Michael Andretti Thinking?”

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Indy 500 Qualifying Predictions and Prognostications: No Track Record Edition

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With a disdain for buzz kills, it’s also our aim to provide accurate, insightful and useful information in our regular feature “Predictions” in advance of it occurring. Sadly and like many a lofty goal it isn’t always achieved, much like the quest for a new track record at Indy this year. The current four lap qualifying record of 236.9 was set by flying Dutchman (and unfortunately named) Arie Luyendyk in a Ford/Cosworth way back in 1996. Ah, the good ol’ days. That record’s stood safely for two decades now and we predict it will remain on the books for at least another year.

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The current combo of small engines and LOTS of new aero kit bits just isn’t going to do it, as the top speeds in practice haven’t even cracked 230 yet without a tow. IndyCar will boost the turbos this weekend, but it still won’t be enough. Worse still, a disturbing trend of cars taking flight has emerged at the Speedway this year, though fortunately thus far the drivers have escaped unscathed. Continue reading