Kentucky Indy 300: Castroneves Wins, Panther Racing Is Competitive

Daniel ZylberkanCorrespondent ISeptember 5, 2010

SPARTA, KY - SEPTEMBER 04:  Helio Castroneves of Brazil, driver of the #3 Team Penske Dallara Honda celebrates after winning the IndyCar Series Kentucky Indy 300 at Kentucky Speedway on September 4, 2010 in Sparta, Kentucky.  (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
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2012 can't get here fast enough. This IndyCar season has been going for seemingly forever and it's boring because the organizers are making it boring.  Penske and Ganassi have dominated the racing so much in the past few years that it has become almost a foregone conclusion of which Penske or Ganassi racing driver will win, not if they'll win at all.

So far this season the only driver outside of the Penske and Ganassi stables to win has been Tony Kanaan and I still don't know how he was able to pull that one off. 

What is happening right now in IndyCar is the organizers fault and the logical conclusion to will eventually happen to a specification series after a while.

The teams with the most experience and the most resources with the current specification will undoubtedly have the upper hand within the regulations as tight as they might be.

In short a "spec" series is a deterrent to the very competition its trying to create. Although the racing is competitive among the Penske and Ganassi drivers at the head of the field. It is so hard for a team like Andretti, Panther, and KV to be competitive to the frontrunner's level of "pace."

I used to really like watching IndyCar about five years ago when there about four teams that could realistically win the race. When Tony Kanaan was a consistent podium finisher and the Panther cars were still competitive close to the Hornish championship era.

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Back then I could ignore the harsh realities of what IndyCar racing was quickly becoming.

A boring spec series in which every race comes down to fuel economy and pit stop strategy is the important thing and decides every race. What bothers me more about this is how implicitly the media covering the races supports that arrangement.

Making the pit stops the most important part of the races and almost subordinating the racing between the pit stops as something that doesn't matter to the actual result of the races.

At the very least IndyCar has taken the correct steps to remedy this situation with the rule changes for 2012. 

By expanding the engine choices, adding turbos and power to make the racing more interesting, with a real "overtake assist" that adds up to 100 horsepower and customizable aero kits that will reward good engineering instead of just superior resources.

2010 is nearly over, 2011 will also be another boring year. But come 2012, the era of Penske- Ganassi domination will be over and actual racing merit will be rewarded in IndyCar instead of just luck and money.

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