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DETROIT – With the 2023 Formula One season turning into a Red Bull runaway, Will Power believes the NTT IndyCar Series deserves respect as the world’s most difficult single-seater racing series.

“It’s so tough, an amazing field, the toughest field in the world, and people need to know it, especially compared to Formula One,” the defending IndyCar champion told NBC Sports during a media luncheon a few days ahead of Sunday’s Detroit Grand Prix. “Formula One’s a joke as far as competition, but not as far as drivers. They have amazing drivers. And I feel sorry for them that they don’t get to experience the satisfaction we do with our racing because that is the top level of open-wheel motorsport.

I think Formula One would be so much better if they had a formula like IndyCar. I love the technology and the manufacturer side of it. I think that’s awesome. But from a spectator watching, ‘Man, how cool would it be if everyone had a Red Bull?’ ”

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It probably would look a lot different than the 2023 season, which has been dominated by two-time defending F1 champion Max Verstappen. The Dutchman won Sunday’s Spanish Grand Prix from the pole position by 24 seconds over Lewis Hamilton. It’s the fifth victory in seven races for Verstappen, whose 40 career wins are one shy of tying late three-time champion Aryton Senna.

Along with tying Senna’s mark for titles this season, Verstappen seems poised to break his own record for single-season victories (15) that he set last year.

“You simply know Max is going to win every race if something doesn’t go wrong,” Power said. “Imagine being a guy coming out as a rookie, and you probably would win a race. It would be really cool to see. But you know that would never happen with the politics over there.”

Verstappen’s F1 dominance has been a stark contrast to IndyCar, where Josef Newgarden just became the first repeat winner through six races this season with his Indy 500 victory. Team Penske, Chip Ganassi Racing and Andretti Autosport each have visited victory lane in 2023 with Arrow McLaren certain to join them at some point.

Meanwhile, Verstappen and teammate Sergio Perez (two wins) have won every F1 race this season with the two Red Bull cars leading more than 95% of the laps.

The primary differences are in the rulesets for each series. While F1 teams have virtually autonomy to build their cars from scratch, IndyCar has what is known as a spec series in which the cars have a large degree of standardization. Teams all use the DW-12 chassis, whose development has been maximized over the past 13-plus seasons.

Alex Palou, who will start from the pole position of the Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix, harbors F1 aspirations as a McLaren test driver, but the Spaniard prefers IndyCar because driver talent can be a bigger determinant in results.

“Racing-wise, that’s the best you can get,” Palou said a few days before winning the pole for the 107th Indy 500 last month. “That’s pure racing, having chances to win each weekend.”

Of course, F1 is the world’s most popular series, and the 2021 IndyCar champion said its appeal doesn’t stem from being competitive.

“I don’t think the beauty of F1 is the race itself,” Palou said. “I’d say the beauty is more the development that they have and everything around the races, and that they go different places. But when we talk about pure spectacle, you cannot get better than (IndyCar).

“You can feel it as a driver here when you first come and jump in a car. When I was in Dale Coyne, we got a podium my rookie year. It wasn’t the best team, but we were able to achieve one of the best cars at Road America (where he finished third in 2020). It’s not that I was driving a slow car. I was driving a really fast car. I think we can see that across all the teams and the drivers.”

Team Penske’s Scott McLaughlin, who will start second at Detroit, is in his third season of IndyCar after winning three championships in Supercars. The New Zealander said recently that IndyCar has been “the most enjoyment I’ve ever had in my career. I had a lot of fun in Supercars, but there were still things like different uprights, engines, all that stuff. This is spec. Really the only things you can change is dampers and engine differences between Honda and Chevy.

“I have a blast,” McLaughlin said. “Trying to extract pace and winning in this series is better than I’ve ever felt ever. I’m surprised by how satisfied it feels to win an IndyCar race. It’s better than how it ever has felt in my career. I’ve always liked winning, but it’s so satisfying to win here. That’s why it’s so cool. There are no bad drivers. You have to have a perfect day.”

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Qualifying might be the best example of how tight the series. The spread for the Fast Six final round of qualifying on Detroit’s new nine-turn, 1.645-mile downtown layout was nearly eight 10ths of a second – which qualifies as an eternity these days.

Last month, the GMR Grand Prix on the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course produced a spread of 0.2971 seconds from first to sixth – the fourth-closest Fast Six in IndyCar history since the format was adopted in 2008. Three of the seven closest Fast Six fields have happened this season (with that Grand Prix of Long Beach ranking sixth and the Alabama Grand Prix in seventh).

While the technical ingenuity and innovation might be limited when compared to F1, there’s no arguing that more IndyCar drivers and teams have a chance to win.

“The parity’s great, and no one has an advantage, basically,” Power said. “The two engine manufacturers (Honda and Chevrolet) are always flipping back and forth as they develop, but we’re talking like tenths of a second over a lap. There’s not a bad driver in the field, and there’s 20 people all capable of being in the Fast Six every week. Maybe more. It’s incredibly competitive. There isn’t a more competitive series in the world. I’m sure of that.

“If you want the ultimate drivers series, this is it I’m from a big team that would benefit massively from opening the rules up, but I don’t think (IndyCar officials) should. I think this should always be about the team and driver getting the most out of a piece of equipment that everyone has a chance to do so. That’s the ultimate driver series. Who wants to win a championship when you’re just given the best car? It’s just ridiculous.”

Power believes the talented Verstappen still would be the F1 champion if the equipment were spec, but he also thinks there would be more challengers.

“There’s got to be a bunch of those guys that must just be frustrated,” Power said. “Think about Lewis Hamilton, George Russell, Lando Norris, (Fernando) Alonso. Those are some great drivers that don’t get a chance to even win. They’re just extracting the most out of the piece of equipment they have.

“All I can say is if everyone had a Red Bull car, there’s no way that Max would win every race. There’s so many guys who would be winning races. It’d just be similar to (IndyCar) and different every week, which it should be that way for the top level of the sport.”

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Indy 500 start times for the May 28, 2023 race at Indianapolis - NBC Sports? ›

Capping off one of the fastest months in memory at Indianapolis Motor Speedway

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The Indianapolis 500 is held annually at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, a 2.5-mile (4 km) oval circuit. The track is a rounded rectangle, with four distinct turns of identical dimensions, connected by four straightaways (two long straightaways and two "short chutes"). › wiki › Indianapolis_500
, here are the start times and information for the 107th Indy 500 on Sunday, May 28. The world's biggest race will be broadcast live on NBC and Peacock starting at 11 a.m. ET (green flag is 12:45 p.m. ET).

Who is favored in the Indy 500 2023? ›

Legge is a massive longshot at +30000, while Pato O'Ward is the +500 favorite in the 2023 Indianapolis 500 odds from Caesars Sportsbook. Alex Palou is +575, Scott Dixon is +700 and Alexander Rossi is +900, while Rinus VeeKay rounds out the top five 2023 Indianapolis 500 contenders at +1000.

How long does the Indy 500 race last? ›

This will be the 107th running of the race, and the reigning winner is Marcus Ericsson from Sweden. The Indy 500 is one of the biggest races in all of motorsports. Some outlier races have gone quicker, but typically the race lasts at or around three hours.

Who is doing national anthem at Indy 500? ›

Jewel Performs the National Anthem at 2023 NBA All-Star Game

Jewel's “Star Spangled Banner” performance at the Indy 500 drew a mixed reaction from onlookers on social media.

What is the best time to arrive at the Indy 500? ›

When to Get There. More than 30,000 people attend the race every year, so make sure you arrive early enough to not get stuck in traffic or lines! Gates open at 6 a.m., so we encourage you to get there by 7:30 or 8 a.m. at the latest.

Who is favorite to win Indy? ›

Draft Kings sets Palou's odds at +500 for Sunday's race, with Pato O'Ward, who starts 5th, as second favorite (+650). Scott Dixon, who starts 6th, is third favorite (+800). On Action Network, Palou is +500, O'Ward +600 and Dixon at +700.

What is the payout for the Indy 500 winner? ›

Josef Newgarden's $3.6 million payout is part of Indy 500's largest purse in history. For the second consecutive year, the record for the Indianapolis 500 purse was broken. This year's purse of $17,021,500 topped the 2022 payout, which was the largest ever, of $16,000,200 spread across the 33-car field.

How do IndyCar drivers use the bathroom? ›

IndyCar drivers typically use a special device called a “urine collection bag” or “diaper” to relieve themselves during a race. These devices are designed to be worn under the driver's racing suit and allow the driver to urinate without having to stop the car or remove any of their equipment.

Is NASCAR faster than Indy? ›

IndyCar is faster on average than NASCAR, and even in top speeds during races. IndyCars top speed is recorded as 236 miles and hour, and NASCAR is at 212 miles an hour.

Is Indy harder than NASCAR? ›

Driving NASCAR and IndyCar cars represent significant challenges to drivers. Both require skill, fast reactions, and experience. The higher speeds and track variation of Indy Car are mitigated by the lower maneuverability and greater number of cars and races in NASCAR, but both are incredibly difficult challenges.

Who is singing back home in Indiana 2023? ›

Jim Cornelison returns to sing "(Back Home Again in) Indiana," a role he has filled since 2017, moments after Jewel sings the national anthem following driver introductions.

Who will sing back home again in Indiana? ›

"Back Home Again in Indiana" the year we all came. Back Home Again? That's for sure a top #Indy500 moment from 2022 with. Jim Cornelison.

How many people attend the Indy 500? ›

Fan attendance at the Indy 500 in 2023

Indianapolis Motor Speedway seats 257,325 fans, but an estimated 325,000 attended last year's Indy 500 due to temporary seating and other accommodations.

Can you bring snacks to Indy 500? ›

Bags and coolers are allowed in for the race, so pack those snacks and drinks that aren't in glass containers. There is a size limit though, so make sure it doesn't exceed 18”x14”x15”. Coolers can be hard or soft-sided. You can also bring in a camelback, if you'd rather tote your beverage of choice on your back.

Can you bring water into Indy 500? ›

All bags and coolers will be checked for size and contents at each entry gate. Bags and coolers larger than 18”x14”x14” in size are not allowed in the facility. One cooler and one bag per person. Coolers can be hard- or soft-sided.

What snacks to take to Indy 500? ›

Chips, popcorn & jerky — nothing that can melt

It'll be a long day, so make sure to throw enough snacks in your bag to make it through your drive home in traffic. It's going to be hot.

What engine is Indy car using in 2023? ›

The 2023 season was scheduled to be the final season using the current 2.2-liter V6 twin-turbocharged engine formula that made its debut in the 2012 season. A new 2.4-liter V6 twin-turbocharged hybrid engine formula was meant to debut in the series from 2024 onwards.

How many expected at Indy 500 this year? ›

That total marked the race's second-largest crowd in the last 20 years, so there is no guarantee the 2023 Indy 500 hits that number, but a final tally in the range of 300,000 fans is expected on Sunday.

What are the dates of the Indianapolis 500 for 2023? ›

What happens to the winning Indy 500 car? ›

"Most cars (that win the Indy 500) are restored or changed but it has all the patina, the road rash and markings, from that final race in 1964; it was donated to the museum in 1966 in that condition. "It's a time capsule."


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