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    Crazy Carb Day idea

    If there at least 7 non-qualifiers (Lights has set the bar), how about a Carb Day IndyCar consolation race? Give the sponsors a little pub, another race to watch on Indy's party day, one more winner. Daytona used to do it, why not here? Add your wisecrack below....
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    I'm down.

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    Any actual competitive on-track action is a welcome addition in my book. Winner gets a 34th starting position the field? There are plenty of last chance qualifiers in American oval racing.

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    The Speedway has moved from "tradition" so much since 1992, why not? Also, the '81 Michigan 500 had a last chance qualifier, but the promoter decided in the end to add everyone from that race to the field that hadn't wrecked.

    No, the winner of the consolation race should not be added to the 33.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dalz View Post
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    A good idea.
    I'm for it.
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    I don't see how a 7 car race on a 2.5 mile track is going to draw any kind of TV audience, I doubt those in attendance will be all that excited so the added sponsor exposure isn't going to be there. Sometimes the aura of the Speedway takes over and people think anything that goes on in May has to be something worthwhile, but it's just not so
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    the field is 33, period. If you want to have a consolation race for some publicity on carb day, then i'm down for that but the winner gets 100k and that's it, not a 34th position.
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    Carb day is fine the way it is, but if we were to add something it would be

    -All cars divided into two groups.
    -Group 1 race 10laps, group 2 race 10 laps.
    -Top half of finishing cars in each race qualifies for the main
    -15 lap main wins a bag of peanuts or whatever some sponsor will provide
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    Quote Originally Posted by Z28 View Post
    I don't see how a 7 car race on a 2.5 mile track is going to draw any kind of TV audience, I doubt those in attendance will be all that excited so the added sponsor exposure isn't going to be there. Sometimes the aura of the Speedway takes over and people think anything that goes on in May has to be something worthwhile, but it's just not so
    The Indy Lights car counts for the Freedom 100 are always very low. They put on a great show.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Z28 View Post
    I don't see how a 7 car race on a 2.5 mile track is going to draw any kind of TV audience, I doubt those in attendance will be all that excited so the added sponsor exposure isn't going to be there. Sometimes the aura of the Speedway takes over and people think anything that goes on in May has to be something worthwhile, but it's just not so
    It used to draw people for the original Busch Clash in 1979 only had 9 entrants. granter they were the previous seasons pole winners.

    33 is only a number, and an odd one at that!

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    Great idea!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Nigel Red5 View Post
    It used to draw people for the original Busch Clash in 1979 only had 9 entrants. granter they were the previous seasons pole winners.

    33 is only a number, and an odd one at that!
    The 1981 Clash only had 7 cars.

    I would be against the winner getting a 34th 500 slot. Maybe qualify 32 and the 33rd is up for grabs here, but that's beyond my concept. Give the DNQs a moment in the sun.

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    Put them on that dirt track in turn 3
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    I'm down with it. Indy cars racing is always a good thing. I would think this would be part of the television coverage of Carb Day. Potential sponsor involvement in several areas. . . . IMO this is something that could snowball if given some thought and Carb Day planning/scheduling adjustments.

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    It would put sponsors on screen that otherwise would be nowhere....

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    Yeah, small field. But it only takes two cars to have a race.

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    Is the green fuel window still 35-38 laps? Perfect--40 lap, 100 mile race. Make a pit stop, or not. A yellow changes everything. I can see shoestring outfits saying, we're not even putting together a full pit crew. We'll just try to save some fuel, hope for a yellow, and go for it.

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    slowest 11 qualifiers then transfer what fills 33

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    $20k to start, $100k to win, $40k for 2nd? 25 laps. Winner shotguns field at #34. Need to have at least 5 cars.

    Why not? Another good idea that will be ignored.

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    I'd be all for it as long as I could still see all the racing (final practice, Freedom 100, 500 consi) and still get to IRP on time.
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    Qualify 30 and then fill the last row with the top 3 cars from the consolation race. Last Row Shootout.
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    Quote Originally Posted by tief View Post
    Qualify 30 and then fill the last row with the top 3 cars from the consolation race. Last Row Shootout.
    Like I said, it's beyond my original scope, but something like this is kinda growing on me....

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    Let the unqualified cars race in the Freedom 100 to boost the car count. Is there an easy/realistic way to reduce an IndyCar's speed to Indy Lights levels?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Nigel Red5 View Post
    Any actual competitive on-track action is a welcome addition in my book. Winner gets a 34th starting position the field? There are plenty of last chance qualifiers in American oval racing.
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