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By Donald Lambro
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Independent voices from the The Washington Times Communities
Topic - Mark Miles
The IndyCar Series will do everything possible to prevent a repeat of the accident at Houston that injured more than a dozen people and sent three-time Indianapolis 500 winner Dario Franchitti to the hospital with a broken ankle and two fractured vertebrae, IndyCar CEO Mark Miles said Wednesday.
It's fitting, really, that Dario Franchitti's frightening crash on the final lap of the Grand Prix of Houston is the one thing this season that has gotten IndyCar some mainstream attention.
Indianapolis Motor Speedway is giving open-wheel racing a boost this May.
A May road race at Indianapolis could become reality as early as next week.
The Baltimore Grand Prix has been cancelled for 2014 and 2015 after organizers couldn't find a date for the race.
IndyCar is considering adding a road race at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway as soon as next year.
Doug Boles has been named president of Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
IndyCar CEO Mark Miles says the series expects to race at the Iowa Speedway in 2014 and is hopeful the sides can soon agree on a multi-year contract.
The real work begins now for the IndyCar Series, which heads into the meat of its schedule on the heels of a spectacular Indianapolis 500.
IndyCar officials may be about to give the series a retro look and bring back the chase for track records at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
Zak Brown has turned down an offer to join the IndyCar Series, choosing instead to remain with the motorsports marketing company he founded.
IndyCar drivers and owners have always considered Derrick Walker to be a beacon of leadership.
With Indianapolis 500 practice set to begin Saturday, the talk Friday was all about possible changes.
It has been six long months since the last IndyCar race, when the focus was still on the drivers and the on-track product. The days since have been filled with politics, drama and debate over how to fix the troubled open-wheel series.
So, the Hulman & George Co. paid a consulting group to evaluate the IndyCar Series and Indianapolis Motor Speedway, and now die-hard open-wheel fans are screaming they could have done a better job for free.
"There were a lot of people there all week. I know it's complicated, they had to hurry to set it up following the NFL game the weekend before, the track was inspected and approved by the FIA on Thursday night and Friday morning we figured out it's not what it needs to be," Miles said. "I'm not laying it on them, it's collective. All those people there, all that experience and yet, in my mind, the bottom line is it wasn't what we wanted it to be. We want to make any changes necessary to avoid that sort of problem again."
"Derrick Walker and his team are all over it, looking at everything that happened," Miles said. "(We're) determined to learn from it. We want to be a very high-performing organization and I think that just takes people, it takes plans, it takes the right professionalism and it takes people who own their responsibilities. We're going to get better all the time. Hopefully, we've learned the lessons that can be taken from the things that didn't go right in Houston and you won't see those kinds of things happen again."