Too close for comfort on 1.5-mile ovals

Updated: September 14, 2010, 5:53 PM ET
By John Oreovicz | ESPN.com

The most controversial element of the 2011 Izod IndyCar Series schedule is the demise of a trio of high-speed 1.5-mile ovals.

Since the debut of the Indy Racing League's engine and chassis formula in 1997, spellbinding wheel-to-wheel action and photo finishes were the norm on that type of track. But many observers -- including most drivers -- have long felt that kind of ultra-close racing is incredibly dangerous in open-wheel cars.

And now that the IRL moniker ...

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