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It’s a combination that could change the whole look of a series that hopes to expand its fan base and improve its television ratings.

“When you look at where the series is going, we can’t help but look back and say `Hey, have we forgotten what racing’s all about?’” Walker said. “I think we’ve lost a lot of what really IndyCar and, more specifically, the Indianapolis 500 is all about.”

Drivers can’t wait to get started.

“Today we are close to achieving 230 mph with the safety we want, so I say why not?” three-time Indy winner and four-time pole winner Helio Castroneves said. “I do believe we can do it.”