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IndyCar Series reveals new titles

IndyCar Series to introduce two new titles from 2010 onwards
The Indy Racing League has announced plans to introduce two new titles to the IndyCar Series to reward the top driver on road and oval courses.

Using the current championship points system, the highest-scoring oval and road/street drivers will be crowned champion of their respective racing discipline.

The road title will culminate on 22 August at Infineon Raceway, while the oval contest will conclude at Twin Ring Motegi in September.

The season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway will be reserved to honor the overall IZOD IndyCar Series champion.

Drivers will compete for bonuses presented to both category champions, with the purse to be announced at a later date.

"The IZOD IndyCar Series offers one of the most challenging and diverse schedules in all of motorsports," said Randy Bernard, chief executive officer of the Indy Racing League. "We want to recognise the drivers that master the disciplines that make up this sport as they pursue the ultimate prize - the IZOD IndyCar Series championship. We feel this platform will give added value to events on our schedule and creates more momentum behind the drivers and teams that excel at ovals and road races."

Fans will have an opportunity to select the name of the trophies awarded to both the oval and road champion, which will honor legends of the sport. Media representatives will be asked to nominate the greatest oval and road racers of all time. From those nominations, the top-five nominees from each discipline will be posted to a fan vote on the official IndyCar website.

The oval trophy honoree will be announced during the IZOD IndyCar Series event weekend at Texas Motor Speedway while the road trophy honoree will be revealed at Watkins Glen International.

"The sport of Indy car racing has such a long and storied legacy of so many accomplished legends that we feel this is a great way to honour their accomplishments," Bernard added. "Many of our current drivers admire these legends, so why not have them vie for a trophy named in honor of the drivers they strive to emulate."

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April 28, 2010 3:08 AM

WTF are you going on about Danica for? She won't be anywhere near the highest point scorer in road/street courses or ovals so how the f'k is this going to keep her higher in the standings? But if you actually read the article it says IndyCar will reward a bonus to the discipline champions. When is giving out money a bad thing? Also the fans get to name the trophies. When is having fan interaction a bad thing? If anything it's probably pointless. I can't see anyone out of the the top 5 winning either one. No one is going to out score the Penske boys on the road/street courses and Penske and Ganassi will be the teams to beat on the ovals. There will be no surprise champions.

Dean Dean

April 27, 2010 10:46 PM

I see no harm but not sure it'll add to any excitement..perhaps a team can mount a challenge in one 'series' but will that affect the whole spectacle when it's apparent they see little merit in going all out for 'both championships' and therefore the 'overall.' It was always obvious who the oval kings were, maybe I read this wrong but in the future could a team employ an oval specialist to mount solely a challenge for that one oval championship ??... 'Maxx' maybe you're right and the championship hopes of the likes of Danica need artificially boosting..I'm not convinced of the validity, not at all.

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