IndyCar » Series "needs more ovals" says Danica

Danica Patrick says that IndyCar is too dominated by street and road courses, and American drivers are leaving for NASCAR as a result.

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Maxx - Unregistered

June 16, 2011 6:14 PM

What she is really saying is: "Hey, I suck on ovals. If you don't get more ovals people will start to figure out that I'm an average driver at best"

Honestly - Unregistered

June 16, 2011 6:19 PM

This kind of talk reminds me of why I only watch F-1.What we need are more races at road courses of which there are plenty in North America.That short sighted thinking of Danika is exactly why there are no drivers from the USA capable of competing in the highest level,F-1.

Honestly, really? - Unregistered

June 16, 2011 7:35 PM

@Honestly, you should refrain from commenting out of your backside! An American, Alexander Rossi is currently racing in the World Series by Renault series and will soon be in F1. He is quite fast and winning races, as is Canadian Robert Wickens, so North America has drivers rising through the Euro ranks. Educate yourself before slating other countries.

cruachan - Unregistered

June 16, 2011 7:45 PM

One could argue that the mix of street, road and oval circuits makes the IndyCar series a greater test of a driver than F1. Back in the CART days there was a noticeable difference between drivers like Franchitti, who were much stronger on road/street than oval, and drivers who had come through the ranks in North America who were stronger on ovals. Still true now, Will Power is great all round but still stronger on road/street than oval. Having now taken his first oval win we'll see how he progresses.

One could also argue that until Danica formally commits her future to IndyCar she gets no say in the matter, unless she meant to say that NASCAR needs more ovals!


June 16, 2011 10:32 PM

Danica, just go to NASCAR, and you will get all the ovals you can handle (or can't handle!). INDYCAR is just starting to get back to the good old days like it was with CART, we DO NOT want to go back to the IRL days! Bring back Road America, Laguna Seca, Mosport, Mont Tremblant, or Circuit Gilles Villeneuve!

Chris J - Unregistered

June 17, 2011 11:10 AM

Wasn't it Champ Car that merged with Indycar? A road course championship amalgamating with an oval series?

There's 10 road races this season and 7 oval races, but it would have been 9 road and 8 oval had the Motegi oval not been damaged by the earthquake. So it's only fitting that the 2 types of circuit are near enough split 50-50. You can't dominate it with ovals or the Champ Car element will disappear. On the right day Danica is a decent oval driver, but here she's basically admitting she struggles on road courses.

bojan - Unregistered

June 17, 2011 11:58 AM

I like to watch both ovals and road courses, and a 50/50 split between the two would be about right for me. But please get rid of the wretched street circuits which are a total waste of time.

scampsuzi - Unregistered

June 18, 2011 12:16 AM

Honestly really, I note your comment about Mr. Rossi, the soon to be in F1 American race driver with interest. His best already seems to be behind him, in fact his most successful year was 2008, has he not been well or is the competition just tougher as he has moved up a class?

Honestly really? - Unregistered

June 18, 2011 10:25 PM

I would agree that yes, the competition level has increased as he has risen through the ranks, but that is a given for all the drivers. The level of competition has not prevented his progress though. He is consistently among the top performers in this series, and will only get better with experience. At age 19, his best years are still to come. I suppose you feel that Lewis Hamilton's best years are behind him too? He clearly hasn't came close to his 2008 performance again. I think they both have much more to show in the future. FYI, Wickens may be in F1 before the current season ends, as D'ambrosio's backers can't pay Virgin for his seat and Wickens has the cash in hand.

scampsuzi - Unregistered

June 18, 2011 10:42 PM

Honestly really?. Thanks for the reply. No I do not for a single moment think Hamiltons best years are behind him but he has remained in F1. Rossi plainly has not and as a result seems to finding it harder to make a similar impact to that he made in 2008. Is that not a reasonable point to make? With a name like Rossi I wish him nothing but well,but for the moment I need to see a little more before it becomes obvious he is top F1 material.I really do hope that money doesn't decide who gets F1 drives as it would become a mockery. Racing for Virgin seems to be a one way ticket to obscurity!

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