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“I think it’s great,” Graham Rahal posted on Twitter. “Yes, it’s a damn handful, but it should be.”

Another matter at Texas is the construction of the fence, which is similar to the one at Las Vegas with the fence posts located inside the fencing. Drivers seem to agree that they’d like the posts outside the fence, but track owner Speedway Motorsports Inc. has been steadfast in the belief that the current construction is the safest option.

No driver has sounded off more about the fences than Oriol Servia, who apologized this week for taking jabs at Gossage on Twitter. He is now trying to shift the focus from the fences to a safe Saturday night race.

“I am not a guy always out there complaining about this bump or that curve,” Servia said. “But this matter, it’s one that really just drives me nuts, and I think that should give it some weight because I am not a complainer. I am not somebody out there every weekend complaining. This is one matter that means that much to me.”

Gossage is puzzled with Servia’s stance.

“I’ve never met him and never spoken to him, still haven’t,” he said Friday. “What he tweets, it’s up to him. But the fact we’ve never even talked about it, it just makes it that much more bizarre.”

The many unknowns created speculation during the offseason that IndyCar’s drivers would boycott the race. Even last week there was talk the drivers would either form a pact that would create an essential 500-mile parade or agree to be patient until the end of the race.

Scott Dixon dismissed it as nonsense.

“It will be a race. Everybody will race,” he said. “They may say something different before they get in the cars, but when they get out there, they will race.”

The most overlooked issue might stem from last month at Indianapolis. At least three cars tilted on their sides _ open cockpit facing the fence _ in accidents. Chassis manufacturer Dallara studied what happened and altered the underwing supports of the cars to create more vertical stiffness. The decision was made after testing and simulations showed that the stiffness was likely contributing to the car lifting slightly off the track.

Of the three accidents that occurred in the Indy 500 after the change by Dallara, only Mike Conway’s car turned into the fence, and the car was helped by a second impact from Will Power. That’s all IndyCar can do right now based on the limited data it has with the new Dallara DW-12 on ovals.

“It’s as easy to make it worse as it is to make it better. If we rush to do something with limited data, we may make it worse,” said Will Phillips, IndyCar’s vice president of technology. “Can we make it safer still? Of course. But there’s always going to be a concern _ it’s motor racing, it’s not a sport you can guarantee is safe.”