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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]
Scott Dixon - Chip Ganassi Indy Car [credit: IndyCar TV Twitter]
Will Power Texas
Detroit IndyCar Helio Castroneves
Scott Dixon Indy 500
Helio Castroneves 2017 Indy 500 practice
Scott Dixon [credit: IndyCar Series]
Scott Dixon Indy 500 qualifying
Will Power Indy 500 practice
JR Hildebrand, IndyCar, Ed Carpenter Racing
Will Power - Team Penske
Scott Dixon (Target Chip Ganassi Racing) on his way to victory at Watkins Glen   [pic credit: Indycar media/Chris Owens]
Scott Dixon (Target Chip Ganassi Racing) on his way to pole at Watkins Glen   [pic credit: Indycar media/Chris Owens]
Graham Rahal celebrates victory in the Firestone 600 at Texas Motor Speedway   (image credit: IndyCar Media/Chris Owens)
Scott Dixon leads the Indycar field   [pic credit: Indycar media/Bret Kelley]
Will Power - Team Penske   [pic credit: Indycar media/Chris Jones]

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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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