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Takuma Sato Thinks IndyCar More Exciting than F1

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Takuma Sato, former Formula One driver for the Jordan and Super Aguri teams, says that IndyCar is more exciting for drivers and challenging for engineers that Formula One is today. One can’t argue that the close racing, whether on an oval or on a road course, and aggressive overtaking seen in the IndyCar series makes for great entertainment and adrenalin rush for both drivers and fans.

According to Sato, “I do not see F1 as attractive as before, but I understand that today the economic situation and the sophisticated technology have changed things. The fans don’t like them, but I’m not totally against it because F1 is always a technological challenge that I love.” He goes on to say that IndyCar is a more exciting series because the cars are all so similar. This makes for closer racing, but also creates more challenges for engineers as the rule of the game is different than Formula One.

Sato says “What is certain is that F1 is fast on the straights, but the cornering forces are lower than in IndyCar, and this is multiplied on the ovals. We are at 6G now, and I’ve never seen that in F1. There, you take a bend but in two seconds it’s over; but on an oval it never seems to end.”

But at the end of the day, Sato still loves F1. They just need to find their way again.


2012 Race of Champions Thailand Starts Tomorrow

The track for the 2012 Race of Champions is all paved and ready to go at Bangkok’s Rajamangala Stadium. If you’re not familiar with the RoC, you’ll want to check out their website but the basic premise is to bring together the greatest drivers from around the world–from Formula 1, rally, touring car, Le Mans, MotoGP, IndyCar and X-Games–and then pit them against each other on the same track and in the same car.

The weekend will begin on Friday with the RoC Thailand and RoC Asia events followed by the RoC Nations Cup on Saturday and then what we all look forward to, the individual Race of Champions on Sunday. This year organizers are putting on the inaugural “RoC Rocks” festival right next door to the Rajamangala Stadium featuring stands from their partners including Red Bull, Singha, Toyota and Yamaha.

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Tagliani takes success into his own hands

Finding a full-time ride on the Champ Car series and then the IndyCar circuit was an almost annual struggle for driver Alex Tagliani so the 37-year-old Lachenaie, Que., native changed his role
so he now has one foot on the gas pedal and one foot in the corporate room.


Indianapolis 500 field features four women

Four women and four former winners were among the drivers in the 40 entries filed yesterday for next month’s Indianapolis 500.


Aussie Power leads tight title race

Teams and drivers are rounding the quarter pole of the IZOD IndyCar Series schedule and, as expected, they’re bumper to bumper in the championship standings.


Hunter-Reay takes IndyCar victory at Long Beach

American Ryan Hunter-Reay won the IndyCar Grand Prix of Long Beach on Sunday, taking only his second victory in the series in dominating fashion.


Stands shifted for Indy race

Organizers of the 2010 Honda Indy Edmonton have changed grandstand locations to give fans a new view of the event and to reduce downtime on the airport runway.


Helio saves on gas, wins

Helio Castroneves conserved enough fuel and
then held off Scott Dixon in a two-lap dash to the finish to win
Sunday’s inaugural Indy Grand Prix of Alabama at Barber Motorsports
Park.


Power takes IndyCar Sao Paulo 300

Australian Will Power won the IndyCar Sao Paulo 300 on
Sunday, outlasting U.S. driver Ryan Hunter-Reay to capture the
season opener by 1.4 seconds over a Brazilian street course race
shortened to 61 laps.