IndyCar CEO Randy Bernard has revealed a few things about what the 2013 season might look like. For instance, there may be fewer international races. He indicated that there are several venues that have expressed at least initial interest in holding races. Finally, it seems that the IndyCar organization is pondering the idea of holding some doubleheaders. Bernard indicated that most team owners were ok with the idea but at least one team owner has been critical of the idea before.
I was not a fan of the previous doubleheader which seemed lame. In June of 2012, IndyCar drivers raced in a double header at Texas Motor Speedway. Dario Franchitti and Will Power got the wins that night. The drivers raced in two races, which each contained approximately half of the normal laps. Each race was worth half of the normal points. There was one other undesirable aspect to the race that drew the ire of at least one team owner. The starting grid for the second leg of the doubleheader was determined by random selection. Though Chip Ganassi Racing's Franchitti won the first leg, he would then be starting at the back of the pack with his teammate due to back luck in the random drawing. Chip Ganassi, he team owner, was not shy in letting people know how unfair he felt it was. It is hard to believe that he would be in support of more doubleheaders.
I really hope the IndyCar organization does not decide to do this. I would not consider that to be separate races and would feel slightly cheated if those in charge claim to have 19 races with some of those being doubleheaders. If the format of the doubleheader races were to be drastically different than the one previously run, I might reconsider my feelings on the matter. I would especially hate to see the random starting grid used again. That is entirely unfair and not at all based on ability of the driver or car. A random drawing could lead to a championship contender seeing his or her chances disappear. I would love to see IndyCar visiting a variety of different venues. It is pretty ambitious to expect to increase the number of races to 19, but it is somewhat misleading to advertise 19 races when some races would be doubleheaders.
Kristin Watt has been a fan of motorsports since she was a young girl and she watched NASCAR races with her mother. That love of NASCAR quickly evolved into a great enjoyment of many different motorsports including everything from local dirt track action to the prestigious 24 Hours of Le Mans to the adrenaline rush of the extreme motocross events. She has been following motorsports for many years.
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