• May 23, 2009
The 93rd running of the Indianapolis 500 will take place tomorrow at noon. ABC will provide the usual live coverage, and viewers will watch to see if pole-sitter Helio Castroneves manages to do his Spider-Man thing at the race's conclusion. Or if Danica makes history. Or maybe you're just looking for a race – and a finish – as exciting as the spectacular ending to the 2006 Indy 500.

Or maybe you don't care anymore.

Maybe you tuned out after the nasty CART/IRL split and never looked back.

So here we are, into the second season of the freshly-reunited Indy Racing League, hours away from its signature event – the most storied race in American motorsports. The starting grid boasts plenty of fast drivers. Young ones, too. Some are scions of Indy legends. But the variety pretty much ends there. Everyone's running a Dallara chassis with a Honda engine. Fast as hell, to be sure–Helio qualified with an average speed of 224.824 mph. But still, to many, the 500 now almost feels more like a habitual event instead of the massively-important, "Capital-E" Event it was prior to 1996.

So here's where we toss it to you. Do you care about Indy anymore? Did you ever? Are you planning to watch the 500? Vote after the jump, and comment away.

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      • 5 Years Ago
      Dunno if anybody has said this, but:

      The 500 used to be a showcase for technology. Making the distance was once a challenge. Now, it's just another race, in spec cars. I watched today and it was quite dull. NASCAR is far more entertaining. (tuck your pinkie in and put down the bree; admit it, it's good racing)

      To revive the technology aspect, the series should switch to a green energy source. This wouldn't quite take it back to the equivalent of 1909, but we would at least watch the technology evolve, and the advancements on the track COULD mean real gains on the street, once again. At least there would be some new reason to watch.

      Or switch to unlimited horsepower, AWD cars with zero aero aids, running 185r-14 tires and put them back on the bricks... or dirt. Sometimes progress takes the fun out of things.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I'm going for a walk. Much better use of my time.
      • 5 Years Ago
      exception to not caring about racing of any form: pit a new mustang vs new challenger, camaro, etc, and we're interested. heck, even cts-v vs m3, etc. but not professional racing.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I just have one thing to say to the haters: be careful what you wish for. It's fine to hate Tony and the Dance family for their transgressions, but without our support, racing in the USA *will* go away.
      • 5 Years Ago
      To be honest, I'm busy with the Nurburgring 24h.
      • 5 Years Ago
      It's gone. Who wants to watch a bunch of Honda's, It used to be an American Institution, an extention of America's hot rodding. Now it's just a race of Honda's- a show for the Japanese. Why not just make it F1 race. At least you'd have some variety of manufacturers.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I have no problem with Indy advertising there race as the most exciting, oldest in American, or anything like that. However, the Daytona 500 is the premier race in America in support and popularity, the Monaco Gran Prix in open wheel, and Le Mans in endurance. The Indy 500 just doesn't rank amongst those.
      • 5 Years Ago
      After watching some of the Indy 500 I must say it is just as boring as ever. Monoco F1 was a great race, the underdog team won, amazing passing, high speed corners, tunnel, hairpin.... etc. time for Indy to give it up.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Not sure Brawn can be called an underdog at this point.. I watched both Indy & Monaco - I'd have to say Indy was more exciting this time.

      • 5 Years Ago
      I notice that conveniently none of the nascar oval racing bashers showed up for this thread...

      I'll be watching this and the 600 tomorrow.
      • 5 Years Ago
      North American open wheel racing died when Champ Car died. That said, I might tune in for the final few laps.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I watched both races this morning since I worked yesterday, and enjoyed both. I was glad to see Danica do so well, though a win would have been nice. That said, I don't think the Indy 500 will ever be as relevant as it once was. The US motorsports fan has changed too much (NASCAR) and you just don't have the names race in the 500 anymore. It used to be part of the F1 schedule back in the day. Maybe they could try to move in that direction... have a race open to anyone that wants to enter, with some guidelines on what kind of car you need to have, but not constrained to one chassis/engine builder, then do something to attract racers from different series... and you might have something. But I don't see that happening.
      • 5 Years Ago
      The Indy 500, in my mind, is an exercise in "one-design" kit car racing, and there is zero technical development (compare the pole time this year to the very first year of the IRL and they are very close). I am baffled Roger Penske sticks around there, because it seems to me winning amongst that group isn't much of an accomplishment.
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