There has to be a balance, like all "risk-sports".
Small c.i. displacement creates hi rev reliability issues. Particularly at distance races running 225 mph averages all day long OK for 3 hours or so.
Nobody else can do this anywhere in the world except INDY. F1 dreams of that claim and often lie about it. Seeing a maxed out 200 mph for a second or two at most. A peak speed bragged about but unable to qualify for most Indycar races.
Indy always has been about raw speed. Until the age of regulations the last 50 years.... Out of the pattern of success.
F1's 15,000 rpm does little for me. Sounds kool thru a sound bar, but the politics of F1 turned it to Fnone compared to the age of Fangio and Clark and the Hills Damon and Graham.
By contrast a 500 Cube nitro hemi at 8,000 rpm is the badass of the world at 10,000 HP the sound of which fires me up just as a spectator.
Cutting engine size is no solution as smaller size turning more rpm is asking for failure in the race, but is likely better than today's one of two engines at Indy and one chassis by regulation and Yes I do resent that.
In 1971 the 180 cubic inch 40 year old designed Offys were making 1500 hp in the day of unrestricted turbo boost. And was FoMoCo and Foyt were pissed off. And unable to compete for a while in the 1970s.
Ah "unrestricted" the rub. Indy was built on the concept of developing technology reigning over the rules except for safety matters.
The Turbines of Andy Granatelli being examples of what can be done thinking outside the box, er the rules!
Or stock block engines (pushrod) Buick and Benz did well with the size break for "non-racing" engines,
but Benz's effort of the mid 1990s was CHEATING as no "beast" engine came to production Benzes to my knowledge
so it was cheating to warp a rule for stock blocks to make a race engine not sparing the cost as Penski and Benz did NOT.
Cheaters all and caught not by rule but by basic unfairness.
The rule was written to cut costs for low dollar teams not juggernaut exploitation by corporate dreams of grandeur.
That is the issue most threatening to Indycar and Indy that of the Politically correct dictation of what will be raced. Dellara chassis Honda or Chevy overhead cam RACE Engines. Our way or go race NASCAR???
The best talent of this day has come out of go-kart racing. Fine but where does a Yank driver break into Indy racing?
By bringing huge amounts of sponsor dollars to the negotiation with a car owner. Not by running hard to gain a reputation as a hot-shoe in the dirt track bullrings of Sprint cars, not now.
In my youth a "Shoe" of some demonstrated ability on dirt would be hired and paid by the car owner as a split of the purses. Not Now!
Even Chip Ganassi drove Indycar long enough to learn he could buy the car, hire a team only to prove he didn't have what money cannot buy - ability.
That is sad. Again growth of the sport was stalled by the rule writers to March chassis and Cosworth (FoMoCo) engines it was easier to go fast.
I do not like all the cars sounding alike and not backing off the throttle into turns 1 and 3 makes it worse to me.
I grew up a fan and I could could tell who had the more guts (PCorrect edit) by how deep they could drive into turns 1 and 3 before getting off the loud pedal. Hurtubise and Johncock for my opinion.
Real race fans know the history and progression of for real better ideas proven in competition. Race fans of Indy long for a better management team of the facility.
IMS can dictate what direction Indycar racing is going to go. IT did this ignoring CART and the "world series of Indycar" to reunify on Indycar's terms.
Indy fans want a return to the way it can be not operated by "PR" experts. Indy needs no salesmanship. Operation by folks that love Indy not just the big dollar job it handed them.
Indy needs no promotion.
That was done 100 years ago and 71 years ago when the Hulman family saved the track from the strip malls and "subdivision developers".
One of the things missing to day is innovation, other ways of doing the job.
I know how different the FoMoCo engines of the mid 1960s sounded from the 4 banger Offys.
I know well how Clark, Gurney and the rear engine "funny cars" out ran all by much higher cornering speed.
I know when I fell deeply in love with automotive engineering. 1966 and the STP Granatelli Novi supercharged v-8 got me by that incredible sound of power vibrating my chest.
The first supercharged engine I ever heard and felt. Primed me for nitro NHRA later in my life.
Diversity is needed and breaking records can be done at minimal risk.
Breaking records fills the stands of fans living vicariously. I don't do that but I know what I am seeing so I value it all.
I know that race fans do NOT attend to see people hurt, real ones do not. They do get a thrill to see a driver get into trouble but cheer all the louder when the human being climbs out of the wreckage and waves to the paying customers.
Anyone that is present when someone is killed or badly hurt knows the stands fill with silence. I've seen both conditions.
Fans are not blood thirsty ghouls.
Indy fans do NOT like street parade races F1 worships, (no competition and few passes for position).
Indy has the best safety record of all forms of automotive competition bar none.
A fact often forgotten and not promoted in favor of the graphic, gory and spectacular crashes of the past preserved on film, tape or digital formats.
I would ask the drivers and retired greats of this sport how they feel about limitations by rules not safety related but insurance corporation dictated bullshit rules American racing is shackled by now.
I know what the Unsers have to say, I know what Gary Bettenhausen thought about it.
All the above lost family to the risks and all do NOT support more cutbacks unless the goal is "killing the sport" that gave them a fine though heartbreaking living of some means.
Ask the folks that "know what Indy means" as Al Unser Jr put it in victory circle 1992.
Nobody in the regulating jerks ask them as far as I know.
They don't ask me either....turn 'em lose dammit.
As in every year I pray for no one to be harmed - drivers, track workers and the spectators but know well it is not tiddly winks, it is the 500.