As we were looking at some of our favorite sites Friday morning, we came upon an interesting question posed by the guys over at Motor Racing Network (MRN.com):
“Is It Time For Timed Races?”
The guys from MRN.com suggested that NASCAR should consider shifting to timed events to, among other things, better integrate itself with TV time windows.
In other words, have a timed race run about 2 hours, 30 minutes, so that it can fit in a three-hour TV broadcast window.
Frankly, I’m not in favor of that at all. I like the system the way it is now, although I’d prefer to see some (not all) of the remaining 500-mile races on the schedule shifted to 400-mile events.
Plus, if we went to timed races, race strategy would take significant hits. We’d likely no longer see green-white-checker finishes, fuel mileage battles would likely cease to exist and, to me, timed racing would become boring.
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IMS President J. Douglas Boles
“We’re glad Danica plans to return to the Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil next May,” IMS President J. Douglas Boles said. “Her final career start will make what’s already shaping up to be a terrific Month of May even more interesting for our fans.
“It’s also fitting that Danica is wrapping up her career at the place and in the race where she became a household name and captured the world’s attention in 2005 – the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and the Indianapolis 500. We’re looking forward to seeing her back in an Indy car next May alongside all of the tremendous drivers of the Verizon IndyCar Series.”
The @DanicaPatrick “double” is a 1,000 Miles not 1,100 & has been announced! @DISupdates 500 & @IMS 500 in 2018. She’s always done things her own way! Cool she’ll finish where she really started – @IMS!
Really really proud of everything she has accomplished and look forward to the next chapters together. She’s not done accomplishing her goals, she has many of those left and 2 huge races left. pic.twitter.com/rGAuJToM76
I enjoyed following @DanicaPatrick even before she was driving Indycars. Im glad I got to race with her and admire the driver she is. Thanks Danica for the impact you had on @JRMotorsports and being an inspiration to many.
She’s polarizing and everyone has an opinion about her, but to me I think it’s pretty cool that the race that put Danica Patrick on the map will be the final one she competes in as a racecar driver. #102ndIndy500
I think we've all been critical of Danica – or particularly the media coverage of Danica – at times. But she's been a trailblazer in both #IndyCar & #NASCAR, successful in both and will get to go out on her own terms.