Is IndyCar out of the wilderness?

Is IndyCar out of the wilderness?

IndyCar's latest attempt at global expansion failed with the cancellation of its Brazil-based 2015 opener. MARK GLENDENNING asks if it hit the ground running after a long off-season that has been extended further still

The IndyCar Series has stood on the precipice. At the dawn of the 2012 season, it was preparing for a year that was make or break in a very real sense: wounds were still raw from the catastrophic Las Vegas event a few months earlier; four ovals had withdrawn from the schedule; the paddock was rife with political bickering; the judicial system was being lambasted; domestic TV figures barely registered.

There were also concerns about the fact that the new Dallara DW12 looked like an optimised hippopotamus; yet this car proved to be one of the main reasons that the series has successfully navigated its way through a period of stabilisation. Ugly as it looked, the DW12 raced majestically on road/street courses and ovals alike. There have been 52 races during the DW12 era, and maybe four of those were duds.

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