- 06/20/2011, 11:11AM ET
Outlaw... said 06/20, 11:11 AM
This is a redo, Float had union problems and we had to draw.
Indy to NASCAR is my pick.
In Indy, the cars have enough down force to pull a drainage pipe from the ground, the cars are able to make the turns at a faster pace, as they stick better.
The cars are also much lighter, and easier to maneuver, and the open cockpit of the car gives the driver better visibility than they would have in NASCAR.
We have seen so many successful Indy drivers try their hand in NASCAR and fail. Sam Hornish Jr, Dario Francheti, Patrick Carpentier, etc.
The cars in NASCAR are harder to driver, the only thing that really helps drivers making the transition is the fact that the NASCAR cars can take more of a beating.
Then you throw in the fact that there are 43 cars on the track in NASCAR compared to 33 in Indy, and that NASCAR has more money, and is more popular in America, which leads to the best drivers coming to NASCAR, and having stronger compeition than the Indy drivers are used to.
I don't think either would be an easy transition, but I think the Indy drivers have the tougher road.
greenlemonade102 said 06/20, 11:48 PM
NASCAR to Indy is my pick.
First, Indy tracks are more difficult that NASCAR's. In Indy, road courses is the main track used compared to the oval tracks of NASCAR. With road courses, it is difficult to find the tricks to every turn to make. With NASCAR, the turns with ovals are almost exactly the same, and they go around them more, so it is easier to learn the tricks to the turns for NASCAR.
Indy uses more and newer technology than NASCAR. With Indy, they would need to keep up and learn the technology every year, and they always need to make adjustments. With NASCAR, they use older technology, where there isn't as much changes from year to year.
Indy cars are faster. Faster speeds mean less reaction time. Also with more speed, drivers need to be more precise with accelerating, braking, etc.
Indy has less protection. Even though there are less cars participating in an indy car race, the consequences are higher. If one car touches another, they are done for, where as NASCAR, they are still in the race. And remember less reaction time.
I agree though that neither one would be easy to transition to. But I think NASCAR drivers would have the tougher road.
Outlaw... said 06/21, 07:20 PM
You bring up the tracks, but Indy races on many of the same tracks that are used in NASCAR, and don't act like NASCAR only races on oval tracks. Sonoma and Watkins Glenn are both road courses, and these are all professional drivers, road courses don't bother him.
The "right turn aspect" is blown way out of proportion.
You ever notice how road course ringers all try their hand at the NASCAR road course events, and every road course NASCAR has ever ran has been won by a NASCAR regular?
Indy cars are faster, but there's a reason for that. The cars are much lighter and easier to maneuver, and much better aerodynamically.
The cars in NASCAR are essentially driving a brick 200 miles an hour.
The wider tires used by Indy allows for more grip.
I've never seen an Indy car getting almost sideways every turn. That happens in NASCAR to many drivers every race.
There is less protection in Indy, but both series has highly specialized safety equipment. Indy cars break away in a carsh to absorb impact. The safety argument is meaningless, both series are very safe.
Outlaw... said 06/22, 09:53 PM
Disappointed to see the forfeit.
I'll keep this short.
And Indy car is much easier to handle, and maneuver. They are also much better aerodynamically, and handling is rarely an issue in the Indy car series.
The biggest challenge for a NASCAR driver would be the mental aspect of not being able to bump cars around you, eliminating the beating and banging
Neither would be an easy adjustment, but NASCAR to Indy would be the easier road with less time needed to work out the kinks.
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