Too close for comfort on 1.5-mile ovals
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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