IndyCar » President, Tracy defend LVMS; greats defend oval racing

Paul Tracy has claimed that Las Vegas Motor Speedway was not to blame for Dan Wheldon's death on Sunday, while others say there is no reason to abandon open-wheel racing on ovals

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October 19, 2011 5:19 PM


A.J Foyt and Mario Andretti are two of the best, most versatile racers America has ever produced. They are both much better qualified to talk about this form of racing than Johnson.

There have been a lot of hysterical comments since the tragedy ,along the line of banning Indy Cars on ovals etc.

That is absolute rubbish. Why don't we give Indy Car a chance and see what they can come up with?

Ovals are the bread-and-butter of American racing and if you ban Indy Cars from most ovals, then you kill Indy Car.

JOHN - Unregistered

October 19, 2011 11:10 PM

I have to agree with most (if not all this) that oval racing should be defended. However, the LVMS showdown was an accident waiting to happen. 34 cars on a short, tight oval like this is not on. Most of oval racing is ok. Kenny (Brack) was incredibly lucky to survive his crash at Texas MS though he was badly injured. IndyCar is also supposed to be about the spectacle, hence 'The Greatest Spectacle in Racing' (INDY500). What would we have without it??? I am delighted Dan (Wheldon) won it last May. RIP Dan

John H - Unregistered

October 20, 2011 12:21 AM

I think that rather than ban open wheel racecars on Ovals, we should be looking to make the Catch fencing safer. The work that has already been done on making the "walls" safer has been very successful. We need to change the catch fencing to something which is see-through but not like a "net" which can hookup on protruding parts of the car - like the driver's head!
Think of a big version of the plexiglass screens at a Hockey rink - it will contain the cars, save the spectators, but it will not be dangerous to drivers of open cars.

murante1000cc - Unregistered

October 21, 2011 3:36 PM

Chasmch. Post the link where MA said that AJ said far as ma goes he said in the safety issue 35% of drivers died or career ending crashes 99.9%today retire on own terms ur an idiot and if u want @murante1000cc bring it bit ch if not f u

murante1000cc - Unregistered

October 21, 2011 3:45 PM

Chasemunch...a right for an opinion but you are stating false facts that video can back up ..look at what ur lover j johnson said about ma..far as a two seater St Pete. Next y show up get in the car if not u prove ur a pu sy hiding behind a K board n fake name

Maxx - Unregistered

October 21, 2011 6:12 PM

Perhaps next year, Indy car can race in Austin instead of Las Vegas.

F-1 will never allow Indy Cars to race at a track they currently use. Not that the Indy Cars would be faster, but, F-1 is supposed to be the Pinnicle of racing, they can't take the chance on being second fastest. After 4 or 5 races, when F-1 bails out for a different track, then Indy Cars will go there.

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