Open-Wheels’ 2019 IndyCar Holiday Wishlist

First and foremost, Open-Wheels would like to wish you a Merry Christmas, happy holidays, and a wonderful new year in 2020. Watch Indy 500 online, Thank you to all our readers that encourage the website on a daily basis — we all value each and every one of you personally.

2019 was a great season for IndyCar — the show ushered in a brand new entitlement sponsor in NTT, the Indy 500 Streaming Live free was filled with drama and intrigue, the championship battle lasted into the final round of this season, and the most prosperous businessman in racing ended up purchasing all of it in November.

But while 2019 was great, in this business, you’re constantly searching for a little more — than the extra advantage that has been moving you forward towards success and progress.

Today, Open-Wheels’ owner/editor Tanner Watkins and assistant editor Spencer Neff has compiled a wish list of 3 thoughts each, Watch Indy 500 online, representing key factors to success for IndyCar in 2019 — and beyond.  Have a look at them!

NEFF: New Aeroscreen Offers Immediate Safety Boost

Arrow McLaren SP and new driver Patricio (Pato) O’Ward examine the aeroscreen at Sebring on November 5 (Arrow McLaren SP)

NEFF: Over the past decade, cockpit protection has been an increasingly significant topic of conversation for IndyCar. Watch Indy 500 online, On Carb Day in 2019, IndyCar announced a partnership with Red Bull Advanced Technologies.

For 2020, there will be a new aeroscreen implemented on every car for the NTT IndyCar Series. Indy 500 Streaming Live free.

Since that time, It’s Been tested at Indianapolis Motor Speedway with positive reviews from previous IndyCar winners May Power and Scott Dixon.  A month later, Watch Indy 500 online, Arrow McLaren SP also analyzed the aeroscreen in Sebring International Raceway on November 5 with Patricio O’Ward.

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Moving forward, the series also appears toward its 2022 chassis, and this will have the aero screen integrated into the plan.  As the show resembles the 2020 season opener, Indy 500 Streaming Live free, here’s hoping this type of the aero display is a major step in the ideal direction.

WATKINS: As a semi-active member of this iRacing community, it’s been quite a pity to view IndyCar be so stagnant in the specialty of eSports while its rivals have success. Watch Indy 500 online.

NASCAR, which hosts three exceptional racing series on both PC and console gaming platforms, Indy 500 Streaming Live free, has made significant strides in embracing the value of eSports and applying it to virtual stock car racing.

For its NASCAR Peak iRacing Series, the maximum NASCAR branch on iRacing that handed out over $100,000 in prizes this season, real-life drivers and organizations like Roush Fenway Racing, Watch Indy 500 online, The Wood Brothers, Indy 500 Streaming Live free, along with JR Motorsports had teams on-track — raising exposure by significant margins.

Though the raw information has not yet been released, Watch Indy 500 online, Sports Business Journal reported that NASCAR saw a 195% viewership increase for its premiere run across all digital platforms — which does not even factor in the live cable broadcast on NBCSN for the season finale.

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Meanwhile, the IndyCar loyal have been fed a similar announcement for the previous three years — Watch Indy 500 online, that the sanctioning body is evaluating their choices and they’re looking to expand their presence in that industry soon.

Regrettably, their competitor is already light years ahead of them and there’s plenty of ground to makeup – Indy 500 date 2020 – if they ever get going at all.

NEFF: For 2018 and 2019, 35 and 36 cars have participate in credentials for the Indianapolis 500.  Before then, it had been since 2011 that more than 34 cars had entered to be a part of their 33-car grid.

In 2018, James Davison was one of the most notable drivers to make his way to the field. Watch Indy 500 online, A day following a practice mess, his Foyt-Byrd-Hollinger-Belardi had their car prepared and managed to adapt 33rd, as James Hinchcliffe and Pippa Mann would not make the field.

This season produced an identical situation. Indy 500 date 2020, On Fast Friday, Juncos Racing’s Kyle Kaiser had a massive crash in Turn 3.

After not making a qualifying attempt on Day 1, Kaiser narrowly bumped his way into the area and pumped out McLaren’s Fernando Alonso in one of Indianapolis Motor Speedway’s Bump Day efforts. Watch Indy 500 online, For 2020 and the near future, let us hope that the excitement of qualifying and Bump Day remains as part of this month of May.

WATKINS: Pocono, Watkins Glen Make Returns into Future Schedules

WATKINS: Using new ownership at the helm, the time is now to re-introduce popular tracks such as Pocono Raceway and Watkins Glen International to the IndyCar calendar.

While there should not be any expectations of seeing these courses on the 2020 program, targeting a 2021 return for every would add a little more punch to an already diverse tournament.

With Pocono from the 2020 program, the closest thing the U.S. has into a northeast race is Richmond or Mid-Ohio (not counting Toronto), Watch Indy 500 online, so the inclusion of Pocono and/or Watkins Glen would be wise to fill that gap.

Additionally, both classes are iconic United States motorsport circuits with tons of background. Indy 500 Online, Watkins Glen is one of the more prestigious road courses in North America, and Pocono boasts a ton of IndyCar legacy that shouldn’t be forgotten so easily.

Sure there are barriers to re-entry.  Watkins Glen and IndyCar have to settle on a date that each party agrees on, Watch Indy 500 online, also it appears that the previous ownership regime in IndyCar either thought that Pocono was too dangerous to race or wasn’t making enough to warrant the threat, or both.

Regardless, IndyCar is suffering from just 1 superspeedway on the schedule in addition to a lack of northeastern presence, and incorporating the two aforementioned tracks to 2021’s program would fix both issues.

NEFF: Penske takes IndyCar and IMS to New Heights

 In another notable month of May, Simon Pagenaud snapped a 21-race winless streak and won at the IndyCar Grand Prix.

Eight days after, the Frenchman became the first driver since Greg Ray in 2000 to win the pole for the Indianapolis 500 a year after starting moment.  On Race Day, Watch Indy 500 online, Pagenaud led 116 of 200 laps and gave Penske their 18th win along with the 18th pole he made per week before.

By November, Penske had more reason to celebrate.  On November 4, it was declared that his firm’s Penske Entertainment Corporation would obtain Hulman and Company, which includes Indycar and the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

Although Mr. Penske is a businessman first and foremost, his passion for the game runs deep. Watch Indy 500 online, In the press conference announcing the order, Penske recalled his first time at the speedway along with his dad in 1951.  With his wisdom and enthusiasm, IndyCar and the Indianapolis Motor Speedway has a bright future to look forward to. 


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