Why IndyCar must stand out in 2011

Why IndyCar must stand out in 2011

In a new column, expert IndyCar analyst Jeff Olson looks at the longterm future of the premier US single-seater series and explains why the final year of the old Dallara-Honda format must be a cracker for the benefit of the sport's fresh new start in 2012

Let's be honest straight away before we even breathe the first breath of this monthly letter from America. IndyCar isn't the sport of 'Our Nige' anymore. It's not the sport of Fittipaldi or Foyt or Mears, either. And it's most certainly not the sport of Jim Clark. Those days spun out long ago.

The modern version of single-seater racing in North America has been on life support for several years, having been wrecked by the confusion of what fans now simply call 'The Split', when two sides of a power struggle decided to do their best to bitch-slap open-wheel racing into the dirt.

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