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F1 has some races under the lights - Bahrain
(roadcourse), Singapore (street)

IndyCar also races at night but only on three ovals
- Fort Worth, Iowa and Fontana
Juan Montoya raced in CART from 1999 & 2000.  (CART used to represent IndyCar.)  He raced in
Formula 1 from 2001-2006.  He raced in NASCAR from 2007 - 2013.  He returned to IndyCar in 2014.  
He has been successful in all of the series and has won the Indy 500 twice.

May 12 2014 - Autoweek interview talking about IndyCar - "It's not like in Formula 1 when you're in a good
car and you make an average lap and you're P5," he said. "Here, you make an average lap and your'e 15th.
You truly are 15th, and that makes it really, really hard."

Dec 22, 2014 - Autoweek interview after his first year back in IndyCar - "I could have stayed longer in
Formula 1 and maybe won a world championship.  I left F1 because I just wasn't enjoying racing.  To be
good, the passion has got to be there.

"I was very amazed how good the crowds are in IndyCar.  The ovals need a little bit of work to attract more
people. I enjoyed the Indy 500 more than any other race in a really long time. There's not a race that comes
close here in America to that. For me, Monaco [in F1] was really special because I grew up watching
Senna.  But, as an event, Indy has the wow factor.
Simona di Silvestro races IndyCars.  In 2014 she was testing Formula 1 cars for Sauber.

"Its just different type of racing you know, also as a driving style, I feel in a IndyCar you can really hustle it
around quite a bit, and that's the fast way, where in a formula 1 car, it's more tidy, you know, really, you
gotta let the car do the work."
Driver Thoughts:
While IndyCars have resembled F1 cars through the decades,
the series have many differences.

IndyCar usually races only in America while Formula 1 generally does not
race in the same country twice.

Formula 1 race mainly on road courses as well as some street circuits.  
IndyCar race both of those plus they race on oval tracks.

F1 race at the best tracks around the world.  Most of their teams are
based in England.  The majority of IndyCar teams are based in
Indianapolis.

F1 is a much more expensive sport and their cars are considered the
most sophisticated in all of racing.  They currently use a system of energy
recovery found in hybrid cars - converting braking energy and storing and
making it available to help propel the car.  They call it "Kinetic Energy
Recovery System" or KERS for short.

Each F1 team design and make their own cars, although they do come
out looking remarkably similar to each other.  Some teams also make
their own engines.  They sell engines  to some of the other teams.

Both series currently have a couple night races, but IndyCars' night races
are on ovals only.

F1 begin all races from a standing start.  All IndyCar races begin from a
rolling start (e.g. they do a lap in formation and accelerate as they
approach the starting line.)

The premier race for F1 is a street circuit in Monaco.  The premier race for
IndyCar is the Indianapolis 500.  Both races take place on the same day.

F1 began in 1950, although Europe had been having grand prixs
going back decades before that.  IndyCars began in 1911 with the
running of the first Indianapolis 500-mile race.

Each F1 team has 2 drivers.  IndyCar teams generally have between 1
and 4 drivers.

Currently there are nine F1 teams with 18 drivers.  
Currently there are ten IndyCar teams wtih 24 drivers.  However the field
expands to 33 drivers for the Indy 500.

There are 18 F1 races in 2015.
There are 16 IndyCar races in 2015.

Attempts to make the racing more exciting have prompted both series to
include methods where a race car can get faster at certain times to aid in
passing.  IndyCars have a "push to pass" button that they can use for a
limited number of times.  This button increases their horsepower using
their turbo-charging system.  F1 allows a car to move a section of the rear
wing flat, so as to allow less drag and go faster.  They can use it when
they are within 1-second of the car in front of them and only on certain
areas of the track.  The flap returns to it's normal position once the driver
touches the brakes. This is called "Drag Reduction System" or DRS for
short.

IndyCars add aero-kits  when not racing on super speedways.  This
changes how the cars look at different races.  F1 cars generally look the
same all season.

F1 has a black driver, IndyCar does not.
IndyCar has female drivers, F1 does not.

F1 teams do not stop in the pits during a race to refuel.  They stop to
change tires or make adjustments and do so in 3 seconds or less.  
IndyCar teams refuel as well during a pit stop and do so in approximately
8 seconds.  IndyCar has only 5 crew men who go over the wall, F1 have
as many as they like, often 20!
Oval - purpose built circular race track with
concrete walls.  Cars only turn left and braking is
minimal.  IndyCar oval tracks range from 1-mile to
2.5-mile in length.  Cars do not race on ovals in
the rain.

Road course - purpose built race track with left
& right turns usually with gravel/sand/grass
run-off areas.

Street course - temporary circuit using existing
public streets, airport runways. parking lots with
left right turns usually with concrete walls.
IndyCar's "Push To Pass" button on the steering
wheel gives drivers a turbocharger boost to 161
kPA and additioinal 200 rpm.  They are allowed to
use it 10 times during a race.  The extra boost is
supplied for 20-seconds or 15-seconds depending
upon which track they are at.  Note: This feature is
not availabel on oval tracks.
Like Eddie Rickenbacker, Snoopy both raced in the Indy 500 and fought the Red Baron in WWI.  

"I enjoy seeing how new technology works out in Formula 1 and it's effects upon the rules.  I get amused
at the political drama in Formula 1 and I appreciate the effort and money thrown at the cars.  I also enjoy
seeing the world class tracks that they race at.

"Both series offer fantastic racing from time to time - Indycar has more passing and the winner is less certain
from race to race."
Photos of all the cars and drivers:   Formula 1       IndyCar

2014 Final Driver Standings:           Formula 1       IndyCar
IndyCar added LED panels to both sides of a
car's airbox. The current running position of each
car is displayed in red numbers and updated
multiple times each lap as cars cross the many
timing lines embedded in every track. A running
clock will display a car’s pit stop time in green
lights on the panel and a flashing green “PP” will
indicate when a driver activates the push-to-pass
button on the car at road and street course events.
Race Locations
18 countries on 5 continents
All races are in America
Types of Tracks
Road Courses and Street Courses
Road Courses, Street Courses and Ovals
Race at Night?
Yes
Yes, but on ovals only
Number of Races
18
16
Premier Race
Monaco street race
Indianapolis 500-mile Race
Pit Stops
3 seconds, tires, no fuel
8 seconds, tires and fuel
Teams' Location
Mostly England
Mostly Indianapolis
Number of Teams
9
10
Number of Drivers per Team
2
1-4
Passing Aids
Drag Reduction System
Push to Pass turbo boost
Series Comparison
IndyCar
UK
Spain
Germany
Australia
Brazil
Finland
Sweden
France
Russia
Venezuela
Mexico
Netherlands
America
Columbia
UK
Australia
Brazil
France
Italy
Canada
Japan
Monaco
New Zealand
Switzerland
Russia
3
3
3
2
2
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
7
5
3
2
2
2
2
1
1
1
1
1
1
Formula 1
IndyCar
Driver Nationality
INDYCAR
FORMULA ONE
2014
Number
of
Races
Number
of
Races
Number
of  Different
Driver Wins
Most Wins
by a
Driver
Number
of  Different
Driver Wins
Most Wins
by a
Driver
18
11
3
19
3
10
19
11
4
19
5
11
2013
2012
15
8
4
20
8
5
16*
8
6
19
5
11
2011
16
9
3
18
3
11
2015
* Not counting last race that was stopped due to Dan Wheldon's wreck.
Every year, an F1 team will dominate, which make the finishes less surprising.
INDYCAR
FORMULA ONE
2014
Number
of
Races
Number
of
Races
# of Pole
Sitters Who
Won the Race
# of 1-2-3
Finishers who
started 1-2-3
18
3
0
19
9
4
19
3
0
19
10
0
2013
2012
15
2
0
20
10
0
16*
7
1
19
9
0
2011
16
1
0
18
12
5
2015
F1's pole sitters win half the time, also making the finishes less surprising.
# of 1-2-3
Finishers who
started 1-2-3
# of Pole
Sitters Who
Won the Race
* Not counting last race that was stopped due to Dan Wheldon's wreck.
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