Most people who follow motorsport know about the famous NASCAR races that take place every year from late October to November. While they are a great source of inspiration for motorsport fans, there is another series of races that takes place every summer that you may not be as familiar with. That series is the IndyCar Series, and it’s one that Tomah, Wisconsin, is particularly proud of.
The IndyCar Series is one of the premiere sports car series in the world. With most of the major teams and drivers hailing from North America, Europe, and Australia, the series prides itself on its international appeal.
The series first took place in 1913 and was originally called the “World Championship of Motorsport.” Over the years, the series has changed its name several times but has always retained the same goal of bringing the world’s best drivers together to compete for the championship. This year, the championship is being held in the state of Indiana, which is more than 300 miles from where I live in New York.
The Historic Track
While the NASCAR races at Eldora are fantastic, the IndyCar races at IMS (Indiana Motor Speedway) are arguably even more exciting. Founded in 1909, IMS is the third-oldest motor racing facility in America and the first permanent track in North America. It’s a track that has seen it all: World War II heroes, celebrities, and even an indy car champion named Roger Maris in 1958.
With over a mile of asphalt and historical significance, it’s no wonder why so many people travel from around the world to see the IndyCar races at IMS. If you’re a motorsport fan or just want to see some great cars in motion, then IMS is the place to be this summer.
IndyCar Compared To NASCAR
If you’re new to motorsport, then it’s absolutely essential that you understand the basic differences between NASCAR and IndyCar. First off, they are two very different sports. While NASCAR is a form of auto racing that was originally designed for short circuits and paved roads, IndyCar is a road racing series that was originally restricted to dirt tracks. Additionally, the cars are completely different. While NASCAR uses stock cars that are built with no frills and can usually be found on the dealership floor, IndyCar races use expensive, high-performance vehicles that can cost over a million dollars.
However, despite their differences, there is one major similarity between the two series: Both are extremely competitive. In 2019, there were 963 cars that registered for the NASCAR races at Eldora. That’s right, nearly a thousand cars took part in one of NASCAR’s biggest events. The only comparable figure for the IndyCar races at IMS is 464 cars.
Why This Year’s IndyCar Races Matter
The IndyCar Series never fails to deliver when it comes to the championship race. This year’s championship race, the 100th Running of the Indy 500, was no different. The iconic Indianapolis Motor Speedway hosted arguably the most exciting race of the year. With speeds of up to 190 mph, drivers were able to smash cars along the Speedway’s famous two-mile stretch. It was a great showcase of speed and an incredible moment in the history of the sport.
While the Indianapolis 500 is one of the most recognizable sporting events in the world, the IndyCar Series doesn’t always get the credit it deserves for putting on such an incredible show. This year’s championship race was no different as the drivers put on a show that fans will never forget. Thanks to YouTube, we were able to capture all the action.
On Sunday afternoon, the racing got underway and it was immediately clear that this was going to be one of the most exciting races in recent memory. As is usual for a big IndyCar race, there was lots of fighting for position in the starting grid. With just under a lap to go before the first caution came out, the battle for the lead was keenly contested. On the penultimate lap, the leader, Scott Dixon, managed to hold off a last-lap challenge from Simon Pagenaud to claim his fifth IndyCar championship. It was an incredible comeback from Pagenaud, who had taken the lead on the final lap of last year’s championship race only to suffer a broken brake cable that forced him to pit. The 2019 IndyCar Series Championship was a fitting finale to an incredible season.
Even though it was a rather chilly day in April, people were out in their favorite team’s colors. The Verizon IndyCar Series is one of the most popular sporting events in the United States, and it’s not hard to see why. With over 100,000 fans showing up to support their teams, the enthusiasm of the crowd was undeniable.
While the series has become a major part of American culture, it still has the capacity to draw huge crowds. In fact, prior to the championship race, one of the largest crowd turnouts for the event was in 2016 when 134,000 people showed up to watch the race. So, if you get the chance, be sure to tune into one of the largest motorsport events in America.
I hope this article has inspired you to learn more about the IndyCar Series, which is one of the most historic and exciting sports car racing series in existence. Be sure to check out the championship race this summer and take a look at how big the Tomah Sparta Speedway really is.