IndyCar 2020 OT - Someone think of a witty thread name please!
Where Can I Watch It?
In the US you can watch it on on NBC live, while in the UK you can watch it on Sky F1. Australia has it on Fox Sports, New Zealand on Sky Sports, Canada has it on SN World, https://www.indycar.com/ways-to-watch/international for more.
I've Never Watched IndyCar before - What's The Deal?
In IndyCar there is a standard chassis built by Dallara (who supply chassis for most of the single-make series in the world). The aero kits were standard from 2012-2014, but then from 2015-2017 they introduced manufacturer aero kits developed by the two engine manufacturers Honda and Chevy. From 2018 they went back to a standard aero kit as they replaced the IR-12 with the IR-18. Teams may use either a Honda engine or a Chevy engine. They're fairly balanced but the Chevy has marginally more power while the Honda has better fuel mileage (as of last season at least).
The Teams & Drivers
Teams in IndyCar are very different to F1 teams, running 1-6 cars, some running all the races and some only running a few. Quite a few will only run the Indy 500 (not shown in the graphic above). In races you'll see that teams don't have all the expensive kit and huge teams of people that F1 does, but perhaps it's best if I just show you a video to see what I mean.
Races are run on three types of track. Road course races are held at traditional European-style race tracks (though American circuits are proper fucking race tracks wthout huge run-off areas - none of that F1 car park bullshit), street tracks (think Monaco) and ovals (which will be what is least familiar to Europeans). In those races you just turn left. Easy, right? Fuck no. It's 200 mph chess. The whole race is about drafting, managing tyres and fuel, so much strategy which might sound boring but it's so different to F1.
I'll add more to this later, but I reckon this'll do as a starter to get people up and running and I've been at this for about 2 bloody hours because I'm shit at graphics stuff. I'll finish up with a bit of action for y'all to enjoy.
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