The Racers Ready to Accelerate into 2006
The start of the 11th IndyCar series season begins next week, one that promises to be different from years past. For one, the schedule was shortened from 17 to 14 races, basically eradicating the West Coast of any events. Races held at California Speedway, Phoenix International Raceway and the now-closed Pikes Peak International Raceway were dropped due to poor attendance following several years in decline. Following the withdrawals of GM and Toyota, Honda becomes the sole supplier of engines for the field, which will be powered by a mixture of methanol and ethanol for the 2006 season. The car count is at 20 for the first race and once again questions abound whether there will be enough cars to fill the traditional 33-car lineup at the Indianapolis 500. Questions aside, however, Homestead provides the season opener for the sixth time and getting out of the gate quickly has provided a springboard to the title.
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