IndyCar » ‘Road to Indy’ development system unveiled.

A clearly-defined path from the lowest rungs of the US open-wheel ladder all the way to Indycars has been revealed by the Indy Racing League.

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coldsteelrail - Unregistered

December 11, 2009 6:15 PM

Its ashame to see Atlantics not involved. Formula Atlantic provided great racing experience for drivers and fans alike for many years. The first time I ever saw an Atlantic race was on Canadian tv while on vacation, and then to see it live along with the Can-Am race at Road America in 1973. G and J Villenueve, Rahal, Rosberg, etc. etc. Indy lights has never provided that kind of history and probably never will.
Formula Atlantic at Road America, St. Jovite, Trois Rivier, Watkins Glen, etc. etc. and now we have to watch indy lights on circles and tempo street tracks?


coldsteelrail2 - Unregistered

December 11, 2009 6:23 PM

A formula Atlantic chassis is more modern and further developed than the current IRL chassis. Thats why there is no Formula Atlantic promotion from the IRL.
What the IRL doesn't know is a Star Mazda and Formula Ford chassis are more advanced also. Ha-Ha-Ha. The current IRL chassis was desinged a century ago!

Jim Eagan

December 12, 2009 2:28 AM

That's all well and good, but there needs to be some serious thought behind putting together a plan to get US drivers in a better position to make the move to Formula 1 or other upper-eschelon European championships. I agree with coldsteelrail2 that the current IRL formula isn't the most technologically advanced chassis on the planet, but it's what we've got at the moment.

I understand the current IRL car is going to change in 2011. We'll see if it gets better.

Anyway, my point is we need to get some more US drivers onto the world stage. The IRL can be so much more than just another path to NASCAR.


December 12, 2009 10:28 AM

lots of sensible comments, its great to see indycars moving another step forward and great to also see a defined path for young drivers to make the step into the sport. Yeah new car in 2011 so if that all goes as well as is anticipated then hopefully we'll have a sport that will be considered by the majority as F1's equal, which is what it should be. Still a shame for the atlantics but at least making a career from driving indycars is now a realistic ambition for young talent. Kudos!

anon - Unregistered

December 14, 2009 1:46 AM

There was great response to the release at the show. In my history with US open wheel racing, there has never been a perfectly clear path, it always seemed a bit muddled. This is an industry wide attempt to offer opportunities to drivers. If you win, you get to move up with the support of the series and sponsors. If you come in get to be within earshot of all the teams that participate in the top series. The big tent theory=) If you have a bad day and bad luck, you still get noticed for your talent.

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