Indy 500: Why doesn't Ferrari ever run?

Discussion in 'F1' started by Husker, May 17, 2004.

  1. Husker

    Husker F1 Veteran
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    Dec 31, 2003
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    Probably a stupid question as I am not familiar with car racing much, but why does Ferrari never race at the Indy 500? Is Ferrari's sole commitment to Formula 1? Any thoughts or ideas on this? What could Schumacher do at the 500 if Ferrari prepared a car?
  2. pipecrash

    pipecrash Karting

    Jan 30, 2004
    Los Altos, CA
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    Peter A.
    going around in circles is booooring even a luser like JPM can win @ Indy :p
    its great for fans and advertising but c'mon its a friggin oval.. can u tell I like road racing :)
  3. parkerfe

    parkerfe F1 World Champ

    Sep 4, 2001
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    Franklin E. Parker
    Ferrari did race for years at the Indy 500 back in the 1950s I believe. In fact, I think it was then part of the F1 World Championship.
  4. yasmin

    yasmin Formula Junior

    During Ford's ill-fated attempt to buy Ferrari, Enzo vowed; "A Ferrari will never race at Indianapolis".
    Maybe this is the reason.......
  5. WJHMH

    WJHMH Two Time F1 World Champ
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    Sep 5, 2001
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    Ferrari did build a prototype back in the late 1980's but it never ran.
  6. Mitch Alsup

    Mitch Alsup F1 Veteran

    Nov 4, 2003
    Ferrari does not have an engine that meets IRL specs. Wrong displacement, wrong piston count, wrong valve actuation mechanism, wrong fuel, wrong ECUs, wrong transmission technology, wrong clutch technology. Why would Ferrari want to make a 600 HP V8 when it can make a 900 HP v10 of the same displacement? Why would IRL allow an engine of this capability of comming in a ruining a perfectly boring series?
  7. Dr.T348

    Dr.T348 Formula 3

    Jan 8, 2004
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    Richard T.
    Well said. Indy is a totally different format for both engine and car. It would be very expensive to develope a car for one race.
  8. TestShoot

    TestShoot F1 World Champ
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    Sep 1, 2003
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    It would be interesting to see the crush of tifosi in full victory mode (after we win) sipping Moet and nibbling Gruyere next to the swarm of mullets guzzling Bud eating nachos talking about their big block Chevy could kick out butts.

    Simply we are like Frasier, they are Jackass. Both are entertaining on entirely different wavelengths, but you could never combine them.
  9. Jbuffa

    Jbuffa Rookie

    Nov 7, 2003
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    Joseph Buffa
    In 1952 Ascari qualified 1 of the three factory Ferrari's brought to the race. Started 19th and finished 31st after a spin in turn 4, 40 laps from the end. The other two cars did not make the race. The 500 was part of the World Championship from 1950-59.
  10. Auraraptor

    Auraraptor F1 World Champ
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    Sep 25, 2002
    Funny considering where the USGP is held...

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