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News and Views on Drivers Chasing Open-Wheel Stardom

Thursday Morning Reading

by Ryan Stringfield
Posted January 20, 2011 at 10:26 am open wheel racing news

Racer Magazine’s February 2011 edition features a nice story — written by David Malsher — that looks at some of today’s up-and-coming American open-wheel stars.

While several promising young American drivers were left out of the story, Malsher did a nice job with the space he was given.

The story is available at Racer.com.

The amount of positive news surfacing this off-season has been mind-blowing and it’s great to see more and more media outlets picking up these big stories.

The main thing everyone in the industry needs to keep in mind, however, is that the progress shouldn’t be looked upon as a success story. Not yet. Everything that’s been put in place is great, but it’s just the tip of the iceberg.

Malsher sums up his article nicely with this:

With IndyCar’s announcement that the Indy Lights champion will receive $1m there’s a step in the right direction, but as Hildebrand observes, it probably still isn’t enough: “By formalizing the Road to Indy, IndyCar has made the system more straightforward, but the jump from Lights to the top rung without $2 or $3 million is still a major challenge.”

Let’s hope there are corporations out there who are listening. Take it from us, America truly has got talent.

The only thing I’d change is remove the word “probably” from the first sentence.

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3 Comments

  1. Doug on January 20, 2011 11:44 am

    I’d also change the FIL champ will get $500k-$1M (depending upon the team). There’s been a lot of great work done in improving the open-wheel ladder system, but there’s still a lot of improvement to be had, yet. I don’t think the full potential of the ladder system will be realized until 2013 when the new hardware comes around and hopefully the IZOD IndyCar Series has picked up more marketshare.

  2. Ryan on January 20, 2011 11:49 am

    Good point Doug.

  3. Arni on January 20, 2011 12:02 pm

    The $500K vs $1 Million scholarship is dependent on if champion goes to an INDYCAR team is eligible for the INDYCAR TEAM program that guarantees a minimum of 1.2 million dollars to the top 22 from the previous season. The money helps the driver move up and creates the opportunity, but they still have to do their part, which helps them stay up.

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