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Dictatorship: The Real Reason NASCAR Is More Popular Than IndyCar Today

Dictatorship: The Real Reason NASCAR Is More Popular Than IndyCar Today

We mostly learn in history class that a dictatorship is a bad thing. Stalin, Castro, Hitler, Mao Tse-Tung, Ecclestone. Wait, I got ahead of myself on that last one. Anyway, we’re taught that dictators are evil and they bring nothing but ruin to their realms. Unless that realm happens to be NASCAR, in which case, if your name is Big Bill France, you built an empire that was strong and good and you passed it along to your son Bill, Jr. who continued to grow and strengthen it, so much so in fact that even your idiot grandson hasn’t been able to destroy it completely in the nine years he’s been in charge ... but again, I digress. Read More »

Pack Perfection: IndyCar Officials Make Right Call in the Interest of Safety

Pack Perfection: IndyCar Officials Make Right Call in the Interest of Safety

Score one for the drivers. Last Saturday night at Texas Motor Speedway, the IZOD IndyCar Series drivers finally got their wish and were granted an aero package that at last broke up the much maligned (by drivers at least) “pack-style” of racing that has been a staple of races on the high banked 1.5 milers over the last few years. IndyCar officials settled on a new package that featured less downforce and less wing angle. This obviously led to higher speeds but also less grip, meaning the drivers were forced to lift entering the corners and thus put a greater emphasis on a driver’s ability to find grip through the corners. In short, IndyCar broke up the packs. Read More »

NASCAR And IndyCar: How A Pothole Can Unite Two Series

NASCAR And IndyCar: How A Pothole Can Unite Two Series

_Editor's Note: This column is the first in a new weekly commentary series focused on IndyCar. Let us know what you think of our new "open-wheel" Wednesday coverage in the comments section below!_ In case you haven't noticed yet, Frontstretch has expanded its reach into the open-wheel world with new coverage of the IZOD IndyCar Series and Formula 1. Scary territory, right? After all, those series are so different from NASCAR, Frontstretch's main area of focus. How could the readers of a NASCAR site possibly hope to relate to those odd, pointy cars? Read More »