The Chinese have something to learn about watching car racing, and maybe beer drinking too in light of the fact that the race was cancelled for a beer festival.
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The 2012 Indy 500 race will undoubtedly be an exhilarating one, airing on ABC with the flag dropping at 12:12 pm EST today.
Jacques Villeneuve, the Canadian Formula 1 world champion and Indianapolis 500 winner, is headed back to NASCAR for the famous Brickyard 400 in Indianapolis.
Villeneuve will be returning with the Braun Racing team, which campaigns Toyotas in NASCAR. Villeneuve has had a series of infrequent NASCAR drives, as his road course skills are highly sought after during NASCAR’s rare road course races. He finished in 25th in his last start at the Watkins Glen road course. This event will be on an oval track, a far more typical layout for the series.
[Source: The Globe And Mail]
The IRL IndyCar Series is downsizing its engine formula from the current Honda-made 3.5L V8 to four and six cylinder engines displacing a maximum of 2.4L, a move being considered by other forms of motorsports, including Formula 1.
While F1 and NASCAR have different engine builders competing against one another, the engines are generally similar in their output and design. The new IndyCar format should allow for more variety and more interesting race strategy. Formula 1 famously allowed four and six cylinder engines in the 1980′s, an era regarded as some of the most thrilling racing of all time.
IndyCar will also continue to use ethanol for its race fuel.
[Source: Inside Line]