ARE Motorsports Dying?
Is the future of motorsports bleak? That’s a question I often hear, especially among the younger generation. The good news is that young people are still interested in motorsport. A good example was yesterday’s Thruxton festival, a local day out for many young people and their parents. The healthy grids of cheap, old minis also demonstrated that even a 50-year-old car can still be an effective way to have fun racing.
Motorsports are dying
Some say that motorsports are dying because people have lost interest in them. The reality is that motorsport participation is expensive and dangerous. However, new technologies such as eSports might bring more people to the sport. There are other reasons why motorsports may be dying. These are too numerous to mention here. The bottom line is that eSports will likely change how people consume cars. But what are the solutions?
First, motorsport needs to find ways to attract more people. It should become cheaper and more relevant as entertainment. Then it needs to become more affordable for companies. Then companies should be willing to invest in motorsport as a marketing platform. And the best way to do that is to change the way people think about it. Until then, the sport can remain a popular and competitive option. And there are other ways to get people interested in watching motorsport.
Another reason why motorsports are dying is that they are not promoted enough. It is not as accessible as football or basketball, and its viewership is declining. Its fan base is older, but it is not young enough to attract new fans. Many racetracks have already closed their grandstands to attract new viewers. In addition, the sport is too expensive to maintain safety standards. And the sport is not gaining viewers, which makes it less popular.
One of the biggest reasons motorsports are dying is the lack of top-level motorsport on free-to-air TV. Until recently, the BBC had the rights to show MotoGP and other motorsport events on its grandstand. There were also other broadcasts like the BTCC and CART races in the evenings. But this was all before the decline of car manufacturers. It used to be the case that motorsport was so mainstream that most people had no interest in it.
There are no solutions to these problems in auto racing. The answer lies in changing the rules and attitudes toward money. Without new drivers, the product can become old and boring. In addition, there are no new drivers, which means the competition can become stale. With a new rule set in place, racing would become more competitive, bringing more fans and new fans. If racing teams and drivers were more competitive, there wouldn’t be as many deaths.
IndyCar is safer
There’s no denying that the safety of drivers in IndyCar is a top priority. A recent crash involving the No. 9 Chip Ganassi Racing car and a collision involving a SAFER barrier wall prompted the motorsports organization to partner with Coastal Automotive to develop a new foam attenuator for pit row. These efforts have improved the safety measures for both drivers and spectators.
The number of deaths in IndyCar and NASCAR is much lower than the fatalities in NASCAR. That’s because the series has fewer drivers than NASCAR and holds its events on longer tracks with less contact between drivers. As a result, the series has had four fatalities since its inaugural season in 2003. Although there are many improvements in safety technology and driver awareness, it’s still a hazardous sport.
The death of Dan Wheldon at the Pocono Raceway in 2015 has raised safety concerns for drivers. While deadly crashes have plagued F1, IndyCar has been a relatively safe race for drivers. This season, Wheldon tested the new safety features to be added to the revamped 2012 IndyCar chassis. Safety is an essential priority in motorsports, and this year’s crash at Pocono Raceway will undoubtedly keep it that way.
Despite the popularity of NASCAR, there are some safety issues in IndyCar. The 2020 Indy 500 was marked by seven caution flags, following six crashes and one car catching fire due to a brake problem. All three motorsports have narrow margins of error, and debris is a significant cause of crashes. IndyCar is safer, but the same cannot be said for NASCAR.
The engines are among the most notable differences between Formula 1 and IndyCar. While both cars are powered by gas, IndyCar uses a more powerful 2.2-liter Biturbo engine. IndyCar has a more significant top speed but is not as fast as Formula 1. However, IndyCar drivers are protected by a helmet-like aero screen. There are many reasons why this makes the IndyCar racing safer.
IndyCar isn’t doing enough to promote itself
IndyCar isn’t doing nearly enough to promote itself. While the sport has a talented paddock, it’s not as well-known as Formula 1 and should do more to draw more fans. The sport is incredibly technical, with most drivers having master’s degrees in engineering or related fields. It’s also beautiful and impressive, with cars that have more in common with fighter jets than sports cars. And, of course, the drivers are adorable, intelligent, and fit athletes. But, what is IndyCar not doing to promote itself?
IndyCar has to make its drivers more marketable to attract new fans. Some ex-F1 drivers are still underpaid but unlikely to become millionaires. They’ll also have more negotiating power. Moreover, IndyCar has some real stars who are waiting to shine. The sport’s promotional efforts should not stop here.
The sport’s positive PR should be an incentive to recruit young drivers. And it should be easy to convince a former champion to join the sport. It has a potentially bright future in Indycar, and Montoya’s reputation is legendary. With a strong driver like that, there’s no reason for Indycar not to do more to promote itself. Promoting the series is so important, and how can we improve it?
Some IndyCar drivers are still uncomfortable with the media’s invasive presence, but it is a must for these young professionals to succeed in their careers. Will Power and Alex Palou were once considered a bit guarded. They have now become more approachable and memorable in their own right. And several drivers have won multiple races. The sport’s double-point races have historical prestige. And it is home to several drivers of varying competitiveness.
Penske said he watched “Drive to Survive” as a kid growing up in IndyCar. Penske noted that the series’ popularity in the United States has primarily been driven by the show “Drive to Survive.” IndyCar should also consider the possibility of a reality show based on the sport. The goal isn’t to mimic Formula One but to be better than it is.
IndyCar could thrive by recruiting new young drivers
It’s possible that a third of all Verizon IndyCar cars could be driven by new drivers by the 2017 championship season. It’s also possible that heavy-hitters such as Sebastien Bourdais, who is now co-running KVSH Racing, will find another home during the silly season. Whether or not this is the case remains to be seen. But the future of the sport could be bright.
One such driver is 23-year-old Zach Veach. At the time of writing, Veach is one of the best-known drivers in the world. He’s been a full-time driver since 2011 and has a stable sponsorship and a booming resume. While his future remains determined, he seems to be a promising prospect. His drive is reminiscent of a veteran in his first full-time season, and his maturity and understanding of the sport suggest that he could be a cornerstone to the next generation of stars.
IndyCar could also thrive by recruiting new young drivers. With the new rules that will push cars to over a thousand horsepower, this series could launch itself into a classic period. But it’s already got some talented young drivers who have proven themselves in other series. In the meantime, future rules could make the cars even faster and more powerful. It may not happen overnight, but if new young drivers are recruited and develop their skills, IndyCar could flourish.
A third potential driver in IndyCar is Jack Harvey. The British F3 champion finished second in the GP3 championship last year and won the GP3 title in 2013. He also placed fifth in the 2014 GP3 championship. In addition to Harvey, six teams have won eight races, and eleven,n drivers have finished on the podium. This is promising for the future of IndyCar.
The FIA is eager to attract a driver from the United States, as it is a potential feeder series for future F1 drivers. The US is a highly competitive racing series, with venues capable of hosting a Grand Prix. Many young drivers with big budgets could compete for points with IndyCar. The problem is that boosting the IndyCar superlicence points won’t solve this problem. IndyCar has proven to be a talent-generating series.