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Double-header races "cool" - but need changes

Saturday night's Firestone Twin 275 double-header was a success, but the blind draw attracted criticism especially from Dario Franchitti - which even race 2 winner Will Power agreed with.
The innovative double-header format trialled at Texas Motor Speedway on Saturday night - the first time the series has tried it in thirty years - has been broadly welcomed as a success by everyone concerned, except for the method of setting the race 2 starting order by blind draw.

"It was a fun race and great day," said Will Power, who was third in race 1 and claimed the win in the second race. "It was a good battle with Kanaan at the start and then Dixon came on strong. This is what we need for the championship."

"It was an exciting night, the new two-race format ended up working well for us," agreed Ryan Briscoe, who finished sixth in race 1 and third in race 2. "We just missed out on a Team Penske 1-2-3, but I think that we can feel very pleased with our result."

Charlie Kimball benefited from the way that cars who retired in race 1 were able to be fixed during the intermission and restart in race 2. "[The team] worked so fast to get the car turned over and not only that but it was a rocket ship, it was fast. It was unfortunate what happened in the first race [when he got loose and collected Wade Cunningham into the wall] but I learned from it and it showed in the second race. It was a long, hot night and we'll be in better shape when we come back."

"The two-race format is cool," agreed Indy 500 runner-up JR Hildebrand, who recorded a disappointing 23rd and 18th for the two races. "It gives you the chance to re-group, change more than just front wing and tire pressures and give it a shot again. I'd be all about doing it again. People complain a lot these days about race length, so I think doing something like this makes it that much more exciting."

Vitor Meira (eighth and 11th) agreed that the twin format was "surprisingly pretty cool," while Helio Castroneves said that "It was great!"

"I thought it was really good," added Helio, who finished 10th and 4th. "Certainly whoever has the fastest car goes to the front no matter what. And I do believe the fans enjoyed it, and I enjoyed it, but when the car's good you enjoy anything!"

"The two race format made things interesting today and hopefully good for the fans," said Marco Andretti (13th and sixth place respectively). "For me the difference between the first and second race was being able to use the third lane in the second race."

"Kind of cool!" said Scott Dixon about the evening's format, which saw him come second in both of the two races. "I think everybody put on a fantastic show. There was a lot of passing. Everybody kept it the right way out.




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Dario Franchitti and Will Power - the two main IndyCar title rivals - each one one of the two Firestone Twin 275 double header racers at Texas Motor Speedway in June 2011. [Picture credit: Michael Levitt - LAT for IndyCar Media]
Ganassi team mates Dario Franchitti (#10) and Scott Dixon (#9) run side by side during practice for the Firestone Twin 275s at Texas Motor Speedway - June 2011. [Picture credit: Dana Garrett for IndyCar Media]
Will Power, driver of the #12 Verizon Team Penske Chevrolet IndyCar V6, races to a fourteenth-place finish Saturday, July 13, 2014 at the Iowa Speedway in Newton, Iowa. Power lost the championship points lead to teammate Helio Castroneves, driver of the #3 Hitachi Team Penske Chevrolet IndyCar V6, who finished eighth. (Photo by Dan Streck/LAT for Chevy Racing)
Tony Kanaan, driver of the #10 TNT Energy Drink Ganassi Racing Chevrolet V6, races to a third-place finish Saturday, July 12, 2014 at the Iowa Speedway in Newton, Iowa. Helio Castroneves, driver of the #3 Verizon Team Penske Chevrolet V6, takes over the championship points lead with an eighth-place finish. (Photo by Phillip Abbott/LAT for Chevy Racing)
Scott Dixon, driver of the #9 Target Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet IndyCar V6, races teammate Tony Kanaan, driver of the #10 TNT Energy Drink Ganassi Racing Chevrolet V6, Saturday, July 12, 2014 at the Iowa Speedway in Newton, Iowa. Dixon won the pole and finished in fourth-place. Kanaan led for most of the race and finished third. (Photo by Phillip Abbott/LAT for Chevy Racing)
Helio Castroneves, driver of the #3 Verizon Team Penske Chevrolet V6, took over the championship points lead with an eighth-place finish Saturday, July 12, 2014 at the Iowa Speedway in Newton, Iowa. (Photo by Brett Moist/LAT for Chevy Racing)
Scott Dixon and Tony Kanaan lead the pack at the start of the Iowa Corn Indy 300 (Photo by: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
Helio Castroneves, driver of the #3 Hitachi Team Penske Chevrolet IndyCar V6, qualifies third Friday, July 11, 2014 for Saturday`s race at the Iowa Speedway in Newton, Iowa.  (Photo by Brett Moist/LAT for Chevy Racing)
Ryan Briscoe (left), driver of the #8 NTT Data Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet IndyCar V6, talks with teammate Tony Kanaan, driver of the #10 TNT Energy Drink Ganassi Racing Chevrolet V6, during qualifying Friday, July 11, 2014 for Saturday`s race at the Iowa Speedway in Newton, Iowa. Briscoe qualified fourth, Kanaan second and teammate Scott Dixon, driver of the #9 Target Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet IndyCar V6 won the pole. (Photo by Phillip Abbott/LAT for Chevy Racing)
Scott Dixon, driver of the #9 Target Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet IndyCar V6 celebrates winning the pole Friday, July 11, 2014 for Saturday`s race at the Iowa Speedway in Newton, Iowa. Dixon will start in the front row with teammate Tony Kanaan, driver of the #10 TNT Energy Drink Ganassi Racing Chevrolet V6, who qualified second. (Photo by Phillip Abbott/LAT for Chevy Racing)
Scott Dixon, driver of the #9 Target Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet IndyCar V6 wins the pole Friday, July 11, 2014 for Saturday`s race at the Iowa Speedway in Newton, Iowa. Dixon will start in the front row with teammate Tony Kanaan, driver of the #10 TNT Energy Drink Ganassi Racing Chevrolet V6, who qualified second. (Photo by Phillip Abbott/LAT for Chevy Racing)
The eyes of Scott Dixon look down track prior to practice for the Iowa Corn Indy 300 at Iowa Speedway (Photo by: Shawn Gritzmacher for IndyCar Media)
Scott Dixon on course during practice for the Iowa Corn Indy 300 at Iowa Speedway (Photo by: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
Scott Dixon celebrates taking pole position for the Iowa Corn Indy 300 presented by DEKALB at Iowa Speedway on Friday July 12 2014. (Photo by: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
Scott Dixon celebrates taking pole position for the Iowa Corn Indy 300 presented by DEKALB at Iowa Speedway on Friday July 12 2014. (Photo by: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
Scott Dixon celebrates taking pole position for the Iowa Corn Indy 300 presented by DEKALB at Iowa Speedway on Friday July 12 2014. (Photo by: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
Scott Dixon celebrates taking pole position for the Iowa Corn Indy 300 presented by DEKALB at Iowa Speedway on Friday July 12 2014. (Photo by: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
Scott Dixon celebrates taking pole position for the Iowa Corn Indy 300 presented by DEKALB at Iowa Speedway on Friday July 12 2014. (Photo by: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)

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Nanbawan - Unregistered

June 15, 2011 12:08 AM

The way the draw is done is a shame and it turned out to have really unfair consequences on the championship, disrespecting the competition itself. Inverting the grid would be as good - if not better - for the show and fairer. Or indeed, they can mix an inverted grid for the first half and a draw for the second half of the first race.



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