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IndyCar drivers want to set up their own advisory committee

August 3, 2010
KEYWORDS Sports Business

IndyCar Series drivers wanting their voices heard on various topics are considering launching a Drivers’ Advisory Group.

The drivers of the open-wheel series have had concerns about some of the tracks on this year’s schedule from a safety standpoint and also the ability to pass. The drivers also feel like an official Drivers’ Advisory Group would help keep their ranks apprised of all the rules and recent rules changes.

The chatter of a drivers’ advisory group heated up at Edmonton. Those discussions are expected to continue this weekend at Mid-Ohio.

Ryan Briscoe is one of the IndyCar pilots driving the discussions about forming a group. Dario Franchitti, Scott Dixon and Tony Kanaan also are likely to play a role if the group is formed. I would also expect to see at least one driver from one of the smaller teams on the committee, though there’s no indication of who that might be. One suggestion that has surfaced is Sarah Fisher.

While the IndyCar Series, and in particular, CEO Randy Bernard solicits driver input on a range of topics, there’s currently no official drivers’ group, and some drivers think it's time that drivers take official—and unified—positions on certain matters.

It’s not clear how a Drivers’ Advisory Group would work with series officials or Bernard’s ICONIC Advisory Committee. Like any groups coming together, I suspect there could be some collaboration and conflict, both of which could potentially make the sport stronger.

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