I don’t think there is a better place to start this than the aero kits. I know these are new, and from what I can see from Twitter, they made for a much different race than usual. With winglets being knocked off cars everywhere, the caution came out very often for the first half of the race, which ruined it for me a bit. At one point I was expecting the pace car to have to come in and refuel! I'm sure I'm not the only person who expects that IndyCar might change something about them to improve the racing quality. Then again, it is a narrow street circuit. Perhaps it will be better at NOLA.
I couldn't help but compare it to Formula One: and I would say that it seems much better. I haven’t been an F1 fan for a year or so now, with the rules getting worse, the cars more boring and the racing less interesting. The IndyCar engines certainly sound much better than the F1 V6s, and the cars look slightly like late 80s F1 cars, only with much more aero. The pit stops seemed quite unsophisticated, nowhere near as fast as Formula 1, but better than NASCAR.
The main thing that I didn't like, and this is through no fault of the sport, was the UK TV coverage. I had wondered whether a two-and-a-half hour time slot would be enough for the build-up, race and post-race coverage, and it wasn't. The race overran by about half an hour, thanks to the cautions. This meant that the last half hour was half IndyCar, half basketball. Luckily, we didn't miss any overtakes at the front, but it did just seem a little bit amateurish on ESPN’s part.
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