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Shaking up the Indy 500

May 26, 2010

Maybe the new blood at the Indy Racing League will restore some of the interest in the Indianapolis 500 that’s been lost in recent years.

Indy Racing League CEO Randy Bernard, the guy who ran the Professional Bull Riders circuit before joining the IRL in March, is pushing to take the 500 back to its roots as a lab for innovation, IBJ reporter Anthony Schoettle wrote in this week's paper.

Looser rules undoubtedly would push up the price of putting cars on the track. But a shakeup also could bring back some cachet the race surrendered after former Speedway head Tony George separated from Champ Car in 1996 to try to rein in costs and give American racers a better chance.

What do you think about giving teams more options for engines and chassis? Is innovation, or lack thereof, the IRL’s root problem?

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