IndyCar » 19-race IndyCar season unveiled for 2013


The 2013 IZOD IndyCar Series season will consist of 19 races over 16 different venues, chief executive Randy Bernard revealed on Sunday.

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SP3 - Unregistered

October 01, 2012 2:20 PM

Standing start for Indycars is not part of their tradition (not that there's much of that left). I am against them but, if they are going to have them, doing so at the 'tracks' mentioned is a f'ing disaster in the making. There is no room to go 'round if one makes a better start and if someone ahead bogs or stalls, well, you figure it out. Unbelievably dumb. Houston is a crap venue altigether. Miserable 'track', viewing, and weather (usually).

KGBVD - Unregistered

October 01, 2012 6:07 PM

I don't get why they have to have different rules for different venues. Do double headers or don't. Do standing starts or don't. The push to win once race over another should be based on prestige, not a bigger paycheck.

Sir Charles - Unregistered

October 01, 2012 11:27 PM

This should be an interesting schedule. The triple crown will be very fun to watch. The past season was fantastic and should only get better next year.

Unfortunately, the problem with internet commenting is that any ***** can make any idiotic statement they want.

Dylan - Unregistered

October 02, 2012 2:01 AM

Unfortunately this new Dallara didn't help Indycar. Barrichelo has said the car coud had felt great to drive but the extra 200 kilos the car carries compared to an F1 makes the car handle completely different on braking and cornering. Still it's an expensive car they should had cone with an F1 like copycat that way many drivers could join Indycar hoping to one day join F1 (at least in their minds) and helped Indycar grow. As long as they are stuck with this piece of junk Dallara Indycar won't grow.

David Chaste - Unregistered

October 02, 2012 4:30 AM

Why should Indycar be happy to simply become another stepping stone to F1. Indycar has its own flavor. Besides les than 10 percent of those aspiring to F1 make it there.

Most of F1's revenue is derived from various governments funding the Grand Prix's. So in truth no one really knows how economically viable it is as a business model. Only the Austin Grand Prix will have private funding.

The only government funded races in Indycar are the ones outside the U.S. The american races have very little government involvement. So in essence Indycar operates in a stronger economic climate: people have to recoup their money back and some. Hence the reason why the different racing approaches

johnnymat

October 02, 2012 3:52 PM

@ Sir Charles. You hit the nail right on the head.

People start peeing a ring around themselves by criticizing Indy Car as a "spec" series. That's one of the most effective way to hold down costs.

I like the idea of varying the starts and the double header weekends should be good. Two full points paying races in one weekend.

There are too many street circuits, but for now that's the best way to get people in the stands and to grow t.v. exposure.

Great to see Pocono on the schedule. I'm looking forward to another outstanding season next year.

JimfromSWON - Unregistered

October 02, 2012 5:38 PM

I'm not sure how old the readers of this site are, but Indycar has long roots! Indycar, IRL, CART, or just USAC. Whoever the organising or sanctioning body, they are cars uniquely designed to race at the Indianapolis Speedway. It has always been a spec race of some kind! The early Indy races always used to start with the drivers lined up along the infield fence, then running across the track to their cars backed diagonally along the outside fence. They jumped into the cars, started their engines, tore down the track as they buckled in! It was amazing! Although I don't remember any injuries, I do remember drivers talking about not getting their harnesses buckleed until the 2nd or 3rd lap. It was changed to an in-car standing start, & then a rolling start! So yes, Indy has a very long history, yes they have many traditions, and despite all the complaining, it is the most interesting, compedative racing leagues. It is not a juniour race to F1. Why do you think former F1 champion

dano - Unregistered

October 03, 2012 5:57 AM

The only part of this schedule I don't like is the addition of Pocono. If the NASCAR races there are anything to go by, it will be a boring race. I agree with an earlier comment about some tracks maybe being unsafe for standing starts but other series like V8Supercars seem to manage it ok on street circuits. I think a bigger issue is the constant fuel mileage races that are being run. I'm getting tired of seeing races won by who conserves the most fuel, not who was the fastest.

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