Merger learning curve about to get a whole lot steeper

Things have gone well for the newly merged IndyCar Series as drivers with little oval-racing experience have blended in nicely. Unfortunately, Indianapolis can be a whole different story, writes John Schwarb.

Updated: April 28, 2008, 7:01 PM ET
By John Schwarb | Special to ESPN.com

KANSAS CITY, Kan. -- So far, so good on the ovals for the former Champ Car regulars and other road-racing-accustomed newcomers to the IndyCar Series.

But the 1.5-mile ovals of Homestead-Miami and Kansas Speedway are one thing. The 2.5-mile racing cathedral at Indianapolis is something else.

The unification of open-wheel racing kicks into another gear Sunday when rookie orientation begins at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, a humbling thought to some who crawled out of ...

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