I couldn't think of a better place for this post, so I'll try it here.
With the cars looking damn slow at Milwaukee and some of the drivers down in the 140's and low 150's, while Nascars are going 204 at Michigan, I asked myself: what is wrong with this picture?
The honest truth is the design of an Indycar was for allowing as much speed as possible. The design of a Nascar was for stock-type bumping and jockeying. Now Indycars are losing ponies and cylinders to keep speeds "safe" while Nascars are hitting the magic number at which fans who don't care much about speed will say "fast enough".
Imagine hearing "there's not that much difference in speed between an Indycar and a Nascar anymore and the Nascars have a lot more physical challenge". With a statement like that, I see the irrelevance of Indycar. They are now but dumbed down versions of their former glory. And why? When the problem that led to Dan's demise has not been addressed, they still decide slowing them down is an answer to anything?
I say bologna. It will end open-wheel racing or worse, have it sold off to Nascar as an underling if they do not increase the speeds, horsepower - essentially make the sport "man up".
We are at a very critical point. No one is watching. It's a disappointment a minute and no growth on the horizon. So time to do what will be the only answer to Nascar, and that is- diverse tracks (got that part pretty well), and balls out high performance machines that make any other form of closed circuit racing look like it's for sissys. The only way to do it is to increase the horsepower and speeds of these cars and continue to innovate with safety. And do it now.