I watched most of the Indy 500 this weekend as I usually do. I admit however I kind of checked out after that LOSER rookie Ryan Briscoe jacked up Danica Patrick's car proving he can't even navigate pit lane, let alone the actual race.
It's all caught on video and Briscoe doesn't even have the class to take credit for the awesome bit of driver expertise. Briscoe is a real tool and needs to be taken out of racing. Check out this video of him trying to kill everyone.
Danica was hot off her first Indy car victory a month ago and its a shame it ended that way. I wish she would have found him on pit lane and kicked his ass, which would have been Indy entertainment at its best.
Anyway, it seemed to me that there were a lot of rookies out there piling them up this year. It got me thinking about driver <vs> technology and where Indy Car was sitting in the curve. I google'd around looking for source of data for lap speed by year for the Indy 500.
I didn't find it, but Wikipedia had a nice listing of Pole Sitter lap speeds for almost the last 100 years. I pulled the data down and plotted the results to verify what I suspected. Basically for the last 10 years lap speeds have not really increased.
I assumed that this curve meant that technology had simply run out of juice and the cars cannot be made faster. After some more googleing around the truth was more interesting. For years the IRL has been de-rating the cars to keep the sport safer.
Interestingly I think this is making the sport more fun to watch. Now it's more about the quality of the driver and less about the vehicle.
Still seems to me if you can't even drive the car in the pit lane you shouldn't be on the track..