Engine makers await IRL specs

November 4, 2008
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While most Hoosiers are headed for the polls this election day, Indy Racing League teams and officials are headed to Las Vegas for their post-season banquet at The Palms Casino Resort tomorrow.

Word coming from series officials as they get ready to wrap up the season is that there is still a fair bit of interest from several engine makers interested in joining the series in coming years. Those manufacturers are especially interested in the 2011 engine specifications, which are expected to be released any day. The expectation is a four-cylinder turbo-charged engine. Since 1997, IRL cars have been powered by non turbo-charged engines. The return to turbo-charged engines is especially enticing to some engine makers.

There were 10 engine makers at a June 25 meeting about the specifications. The most keen interest now is coming from Alfa Romeo, Porsche, BMW and Audi. Honda, which has committed to staying with the series has made clear its interest in competing against other engine makers. Honda has been the sole engine maker for the series since Chevrolet and Toyota exited in the past three years.
  • Competetion is always good. It's a shame that there will not be an option for other chassis manufacturers.
  • I am sure if someone wants to build another chassis, they would be able to. There is much less advertising potential, thus less bang for the buck, with chassis. I mean a Porsche or Audi wins Indy, and they can advertise that pretty easily and show that the technology transfers. Same with tires, Goodyear or Firestone or whatever. Same argument for oil, sparkplugs etc.... But when was the last time someone wanted to go out and by winning chassis? Reynard or Dallara do not sell the average consumer product.

    I like the names out there for potential Engine manufacturers. I believe this would be the first time for BMW and Audi, I thought Alfa ran a car in the early years (good question for Donald Davidson) and I remember the old Teo Fabi, break the green curse, Skoal Bandit days. Those names would definitely add a boost to Indy.
  • It will be a tough sell for Tony. What channel is the EARL on next year? :eek:
  • While VS deal didn't do anything to enhance the league's image immediately, and I have to admit I'm as skeptical as anyone, I think you have to give it at least one or two years before you can judge it in its entirety. And as long as you have the Indianapolis 500 on your schedule, you'll get at least a little attention.
  • And as long as you have the Indianapolis 500 on your schedule, you’ll get at least a little attention.

    And it gets less and less every year. That's what happens when it's a cheap, fake, lame pathetic imitation of an Indianapolis 500.

    That's what happens when you replace an American tradition with onion gum, then act all ignorant and arrogant while pretending nothing's wrong. FTG has killed the sport, IMS should be plowed under and made into a strip mall.

    If these remaining potential engine mfgrs seriously undertook a cost vs (sorry) benefit analysis of participating in this junk 'league', there's no way they would bother. We'll know soon I guess.
  • Stan, Mr. Always Negative, loves to run down people that he's envious of. Why, because they have something they are trying to make better, and he has nothing but sour grapes.
  • Stan, Just curious. Can you give us two or three initiatives you would enact if you were in charge of the IRL? Seriously. No BS. You must have some ideas.
  • Makes you wonder what Stans motivation is. I am still betting he is either a former c>rt/owrs/ccws office boy who lost his job when they went under for the umpteenth time, or he is bitter because he was one of the 6 or 7 who watched the c>rt/owrs/ccws infomercials and loved the action of the push to pass. Nothing screams real racing like gimmicks.

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  1. Really, taking someone managing the regulation of Alcohol and making himthe President of an IVY Tech regional campus. Does he have an education background?

  2. Jan, great rant. Now how about you review the report and offer rebuttal of the memo. This might be more conducive to civil discourse than a wild rant with no supporting facts. Perhaps some links to support your assertions would be helpful

  3. I've lived in Indianapolis my whole and been to the track 3 times. Once for a Brickyard, once last year on a practice day for Indy 500, and once when I was a high school student to pick up trash for community service. In the past 11 years, I would say while the IMS is a great venue, there are some upgrades that would show that it's changing with the times, just like the city is. First, take out the bleachers and put in individual seats. Kentucky Motor Speedway has individual seats and they look cool. Fix up the restrooms. Add wi-fi. Like others have suggested, look at bringing in concerts leading up to events. Don't just stick with the country music genre. Pop music would work well too I believe. This will attract more young celebrities to the Indy 500 like the kind that go to the Kentucky Derby. Work with Indy Go to increase the frequency of the bus route to the track during high end events. That way people have other options than worrying about where to park and paying for parking. Then after all of this, look at getting night lights. I think the aforementioned strategies are more necessary than night racing at this point in time.

  4. Talking about congestion ANYWHERE in Indianapolis is absolutely laughable. Sure you may have to wait in 5 minutes of traffic to travel down BR avenue during *peak* times. But that is absolutely nothing compared to actual big cities. Indy is way too suburban to have actual congestion problems. So please, never bring up "congestion" as an excuse to avoid development in Indianapolis. If anything, we could use a little more.

  5. Oh wait. Never mind.