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Should IndyCar quit ovals

Give us your views on whether the IndyCar Series should abandon oval racing
Dan Wheldon's tragic accident at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on Sunday has prompted considerable emotional reaction - some of it well-judged, a lot of it ill-founded - as the motorsport community attempts to get its head around what happened.

Among the suggestions for the way forward, alongside doing away with catch fencing and altering the design of the cars, was NASCAR ace Jimmie Johnson's claim that open-wheel categories such as the IndyCar Series should consider quitting the ovals altogether.

That, of course, would mean the series ditching its blue riband event, the Indianapolis 500, in exchange for a diet solely of street and road courses, and abandoning a century of history in which the US has established itself as the mainsay of oval racing.

But what do you think? Have open-wheel speeds outgrown the often tight confines of the traditional oval? Would the cars and drivers be better served by restricting themselves to the streets and roads? Or should IndyCar stand firm and find a way of keeping tradition on the schedule?

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SP3 - Unregistered

October 20, 2011 5:12 PM

This poll is worthless because the fools at Crashnet don't understand and left off the option of "ovals - but smaller and less banked". I worked on CART Indycars for a decade before all of the highbanked cookiecutter nascrap tracks made it on to the Indycar schedule. The type of incident that is the subject, never happened at Milwaukee or Loudon. Or Phoenix. Or Homestead (pre-banking). Or Nazareth. Further, it is just as much the spec everything rules designed to keep things "close and exciting" that are the problem. Again, did not happen in the CART days.

Nicolai - Unregistered

October 20, 2011 9:14 PM

It took me a while to come around but now I love oval racing, its the closest open wheel racing youll ever see. In F1, the result is too often determined by the qualifying order with the race being nothing more than a procession. In Indycar on ovals, you never know who's going to win until the last few laps. So I say keep the ovals but keep on making them safer.



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