Originally Posted by 2001MUgrad
I'm starting to watch the IRL a little more. If they just had a few american drivers in the IRL that series could have a chance to over take NASCAR if marketed properly. Just look at how close most of those races have been.
The IRL is the great secret in American motorsports. I'm no fan of Tony George, who crippled open wheel racing by his creation of the IRL, but no major racing series anywhere has the competitive closeness of most IRL races, with cars lap after lap running wheel-to-wheel at 210+ mph and consistent photo-finishes.
A few more American drivers would help the IRL. It is a shame for the series that racers such as Jeff Gordon and Tony Stewart, whose roots are in open wheel racing, defected to NASCAR.