Desert Rat, that race Saturday never saw a car break 120. Might as well have had stoplights.
So, F-1 NEVER has oval races? Interesting.
Indy does do road races in addition to ovals.
OK, talked to my cousin. He says Indy cars have completely different set ups for oval and road, and that F-1 cars are entirely different than Indy cars (looked the same to me)_Indy cars have more powerful engines and a more robust but simpler drive train, F-1s have more complioated electronics and suspensions.
He said its very complicated and expensive to trick an Indy car from oval to road, only the engine and frame remain, everything else is switched out.
I went to a Indy, right after college. The one where Allsion? Rahal (no wasnt him) well, someone did a complete 360 spin out near the final lap, and righted the car, and won.
Was exciting. Massive amount of people. Could have been a million. When you are close and in person, those cars whip by you, not like on TV.
Back then, they also didnt have all the safety stuff to protect the crowd. A spectator got killed by a tire that went right through a chain link fence. I approve. let the fans take their chances like the drivers. :)
Ever hear my story about the Memphis Ultimate Frisbee Championships at Memphis Motor Speedway? In Law School, I was playing for Fayetteville UTP-Monet. We camped at the speedway, and did all sorts of racing on their tracks. They all ended badly. Even a high end BMW at 100mph cant hang on a oval, dude went right into the wall on a turn. One race, a Dominoes pizza delivery guy in a 1970's Datsun B210 won a race, because all the other cars, including the Hummer I road up there in, crashed.
Alcohol, LSD, and other performance inhibiting substances, (ie the breakfast of Ultimate player champions), street cars, and access to racing tracks dont mix.
I drove an Indy car once. Did not like it. One, I'm too big, it was like a Go Cart to me. Two, they have a lot of torque, and shifting is difficult without racing the engine to Hell and grinding. I LOVED the steering, however. Damn things had steering!