VERIZON INDYCAR SERIES: BRING BACK THE FIRST TURN APRON AT THE INDIANAPOLIS MOTOR SPEEDWAY IN 2016.
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Talk is cheap, and although the IMS has talked of bringing back the apron. I will believe it when I see it, and until then I say we depend on fan's like ourselves to drive the message home, how importanat it is to us fan's! I would like to think the IMS would bring this to fuition without being reminded. But just incase this was free to do, and the squeaky wheel does get the grease!
This is not up for debate! You either would like to see the apron brought back. Or you don't like the idea. And therefore will not be signing this petition! Thanks to all of you that take the time to care, and make a difference! And I respect those of you who chose not to sign.
I have heard enough people complaining now on my facebook page "IndyCar Serious". As well I have heard in person while at races throughout the country how great IndyCar Racing at the Indianapolis Speedway was back in the day. And when I say back in the day. It wasn't really that long ago!
Most IndyCar fans I know think bringing the apron back would be a good idea. So do many of the former and current drivers, prominent owners, and a slew of Motorsports journalists and pundits. With this in mind, where is the disconnect between these parties (Indy’s stakeholders if you will), and the persons who have the ability to affect change?
They tell me that these were the days when drivers of daring, skill, and balls the size of cantelope dared to not just take two wheels under the white line into turn one! But felt the oportunity of driving under that white stripe into that apron of racing lorem was well worth whatever risk their might have been. The reward for stepping beyond that comfort zone outweighed the risk of crashing for most drivers in those day's of the apron! Just ask Takuma Sato if he wished in 2012, that he had that apron when trying to get around Franchitti for the win! i'm sure you know the answer.
I am not for adding banking which some would tell you is the answer, and which would in turn, add a second groove to the track. Why am I against it? Because it would benefit NASCAR! And sorry, but its already sacrilege to me that that NAPCAR series even races on our hallowed grounds! A slight added banking to our track would be more to their advantage, that it would be to IndyCar's. Some say as well that when the apron was there, that is also just added a second grove to the track.
The apron was removed after 1992’s crash-fest with what I recall as the explanation it would reduce the severe angles of hitting the walls. Of course those IRL cars with the half-ton gearboxes created a laundry list of injuries upon impact to dispel that angle theory. And now we have safer walls so there is no reason not to bring back the apron.
There is good evidence that hitting the SAFER barrier hard isn't what hitting the dreaded Indiana concrete once was. Further, the acute angle argument for eliminating the apron never made much sense because if anything the additional distance between full wheel lock and the wall gives the cars time to scrub speed because they all know by now not to turn into the slide.
The apron made for an extra passing lane and an escape lane when a driver’s car picked up a wicked push (see Gordon Johncock, 1982). Look at Mears and Michael in 1992 and just think of all the time Ruby, Rutherford, Mario cut the grass to make a pass. It was part of Indy’s makeup and it needs to return.
It is time to bring the apron back to prove the advancements in IndyCar safety, that have come to fruition since the release of the Safer Barriers, Han's Device, the DW-12 Verizon IndyCar, slower pit lane speed's, and other safety related item's in the IndyCar Series.
By signing this petition you show that you not only feel the same way about adding this back to the IMS. But support the IMS, and the IndyCar Series. And will do what you can to make an impact upon attendance, and getting the word out on this. The Greatest Spectacle in Motor Racing, the Indy 500! It is your choice now, and I leave it up to you! Bring back the apron! Or leave the track as it is! We can't complain later, if we do noting for change now!
Paul Palmieri- IndyCar Serious and @RPMRaceProductionMedia.com
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