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 |  Mar 15 2011, 11:41 AM

Money is a great motivator. It makes people do things they normally won’t and take on new challenges. It is the main reason why some people take part in reality TV shows.

Now professional race car driver’s are gearing up for a serious reality event. It was announced earlier this year, that the last race on the IZOD IndyCar Series will present a new twist. Any racing driver who is not currently racing full-time in the IndyCar series, can win $5-million if they finish the race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on October 16, in first place.

This has caused a bit of a frenzy, as professional racing driver’s from NASCAR, Formula-One, FIA Rallying and even Supercross are trying to take part in this lottery event.

IndyCar series boss Randy Bernard said that only five spots will be available, and drivers like Jacques Villeneuve (1997 F1 World Champion), A.J. Allmendinger (NASCAR), Petter Solberg (FIA Rallying) and James Stewart (Supercross) are just among the few who are hoping to take part in this event. According to Bernard, 15 drivers have shown interest so far.

Who will get the five race seats remain to be seen, but it looks like the series ending race will be a spectacle worth watching.

[Source: Auto123, Autoweek]

 |  Jun 07 2010, 10:50 AM

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]