IndyCar 2010: Season preview

IndyCar 2010: Season preview

IndyCar is on the up, despite the financial climate. There are new names and plenty of cars. But 2010 is still a critical year for North American open-wheel racing. Matt Beer explains why

This is an absolutely critical season for the IndyCar Series. But it's not what happens on track that is so crucial, it's the backroom decisions about the championship's future that will decide whether IndyCar has any hope of recapturing American open-wheel racing's mid-90s glory years, or whether it's doomed to fizzle out as an ever more obscure niche sport.

On the surface, everything looks pretty healthy - there should be a field of at least 20 cars at each race, and that could rise to 25-30 at times if all the proposed part-time programmes and late entries come off.

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