Headlining this weekend’s festivities at St. Petersburg, the Verizon IndyCar Series are starting their season. 2014 signals a lot of changes for the series, including a new title sponsor, the retirement of a legend in the form of Dario Franchitti, the return of a previous Indy winner in the form of Juan Pablo Montoya, a lot of drivers shuffling teams, and some teams switching powertrain providers. As the season opener is coming up in just two days time, we continue our series of articles covering the various road racing series and important races all over the world. Previously we covered The TUDOR United Sports Car Championship, the 12 hours of Sebring, the Bathurst 12 hour, Formula 1, and the Pirelli World Challenge. This time, it’s all about Indy!
IndyCar stands small in the giant shadow cast by Formula 1 within the international open-wheel collective conscious. Effectively a national championship series, IndyCar punches well above its weightclass in terms of excitement per season, and deserves your interest. Be careful, though, because the whole season will pass you by in a flash. This year, IndyCar has realized that they cannot compete with the National Football League for ratings, and when their season ends after the NLF has begun, viewers jump ship faster than most linemen can run 40 meters. Having realized that, they are starting their season at the end of March, and finishing up at the end of August. That’s right, these crazies are running 18 races in 5 months.
Click the jump, and we’ll give you the rundown on what to care about, why you should, and how you can watch the action unfold.
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