By admin | May 29, 2013
By Richard Allen
As has been well documented by now, the Indianapolis 500 ended on Sunday in a somewhat disappointing way. With much anticipation, a final restart with only a few laps remaining promised to deliver one of that event’s all time great endings. However, a caution came out shortly after that final green flag waved and caused the race to end with an anti-climatic coast to the finish line under yellow conditions.
Almost immediately, Twitter and Facebook lit up with discussion over whether or not the world’s most famous auto race should end with a green/white/checkered finish similar to those employed by NASCAR under similar circumstances.
NASCAR on Fox commentator Larry McReynolds voiced his opinion on Twitter shortly after the Indy race concluded when he wrote,Â ”Looks like Indy needs to follow the Motorsports leader #NASCARÂ and adopt G-W-C Awesome finish Dull finish!”
But one thing there can be little debate over is that the Indy 500 provided great racing throughoutÂ most of its 500 mile distance. In all, there were a record setting 68 lead changes during the race’s 200 laps as the aerodynamics package employed by IndyCar set up a situation in which the lead car wasÂ bound to be passed on virtually every straightaway. So even if the race did not end in a satisfying way for many fans, it provided intense action up until that final lap.
Conversely, many NASCAR Sprint Cup races operate under almost exactly the opposite scenario. Often, less than exhilarating parading takes place for long stretches of time followed by a rather predictable late race cautionÂ which sets up a two-wide restart for a dash to the checkered flag.Â Often,Â such racesÂ end with a close battle or some other sort of controversy. Obviously, having both a great race with a great finish is the preferable situation, but that doesn’t happen often.
So a brief summary brings us to today’s discussion topic. Would you rather see a race that has lots of passing and battling throughout but ends with an anti-climatic finish, or would you rather see a race that has relatively little action throughout but ends with a thrilling finish?
PleaseÂ voice your opinion either by writing a comment below, voting in the poll question in the right sidebar or both.
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