This weekend, the Verizon IndyCar Series takes a step into the realm of new technology to enhance the fan experience. Since Spring Training at Barber Motorsports Park in mid-March, the series has been experimenting with new LED displays that will theoretically be visible to fans at the track and maybe even for television viewers. These displays are primarily designed to show a car’s race position, but will also show when a car is utilizing the “Push to Pass” (P2P) feature and even times in the pit box.
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This latest installment of the “Brainstorming” series comes from the IndyCar blogger Paul Henry, otherwise known as GForcePaul. Paul Started his blog, “WideOpenWheel”, in 2011. Paul contacted me with a topic that may the most important task facing the Verizon IndyCar Series. How to attract the next generation of fans is crucial to the future of our sport. Please chime in with your own ideas and thoughts after reading Paul’s post. Thanks to Paul for the hard work on his contribution. – GP
Just when you thought it was again fun to be a fan of the Verizon IndyCar Series, along comes the infamous Rule 9.3.8. The series was just coming off of three outstanding races featuring three winners that have not been frequent visitors to victory lane recently. Television ratings on NBCSN were showing significant increases and dialogue was about action on the track instead of inaction at IndyCar headquarters.
This past Saturday night at Iowa, we saw Ed Carpenter go to the trouble of taking his left hand off of the steering wheel just so he could give Sage Karam the good ol’ one-finger salute. Just a little later, he shook the same fist at Karam before Ed backed out of the throttle and let him by. Karam ended up on the podium for the first time in his career, while Carpenter settled for sixth.
A few weeks ago, I was chastised for being so negative about the double-header at Belle Isle. Chances are, some will claim that I am a cheerleader for the Verizon IndyCar Series for what I am about to say about Saturday night’s Iowa Corn 300 at Iowa Speedway. If you didn’t like that race, you may want to stop reading now because I will say nothing to reassure you that you were right.
For the second time in less than a week, the Verizon IndyCar Series is going short-tracking this weekend. For me, the Iowa Corn Indy 300 at Iowa Speedway is one of those races I have on my short list to go to. I say that practically every year, but somehow we never make it out there. Our in-person racing season was grouped tightly together this year. NOLA, Barber and four straight weekends at Indianapolis over a seven week span took its toll on our aged bodies and our budget, which was already too small to begin with. I’ll say what I do every year at this time – maybe next year.
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