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YMMV: Indy Car
Germans Love David Hasselhoff: Alex Zanardi was a relatively obscure Formula One driver, but became well-known around the world when he went to CART. Not to mention that he became very popular in the United States.
Heartwarming In Hindsight: Early on in their careers, Dan Wheldon, Dario Franchitti and Tony Kanaan became the best of friends as teammates at Andretti Autosport. As of the 2013 season, the last three winners of the Indy 500 are (the late) Wheldon, Franchitti and Kanaan. Because the winner of the Indy 500 has their face cast on the Borg-Warner trophy, the "Three Amigos" will be together forever.
Hilarious in Hindsight: In 2002, Eddie Cheever's IRL team fielded cars that were sponsored by Red Bull and powered by an Infiniti engine. Ten years later, Sebastian Vettel won his third world title for "Infiniti Red Bull Racing".
Never Live It Down: Tony George will never live down the "25/8" rule, even though it was rescinded after a couple of years. For all his other supposed good intentions the rule that effectively shut-out CART teams from the 1996 Indy 500 sealed his reputation as the "Bad Guy" who used the Indy 500 as a political card to force everybody to join his series. And the former-CART bosses will never live down the crash before the start of the '96 US 500, the incident that left CART severely embarrassed and ruined any chance to claim any kind of victory over the nascent IRL. Alas, for both sides, their power plays backfired rather badly.
J.R. Hildebrand is unlikely to lose the stigma of being the first driver to ever crash while leading in the last corner of the Indianapolis 500, although there were a few extenuating circumstances that make his mistake look less like a massive choke job and more like a case of an inexperienced rookie caught out by bad luck: Hildebrand was baulked by a lapped car travelling far more slowly right on the racing line - many fans felt the lapped driver (Charlie Kimball) should have chosen to drive on the track apron as he was coasting to the finish conserving fuel; Hildebrand had inherited the lead as drivers ahead pitted for fuel and was trying to stretch his own fuel to the finish; he was being caught very rapidly by Dan Wheldon and slowing down and following the lapped car could have cost him the race anyway had his fuel-starved engine not responded to the throttle; many drivers had run the same line earlier in the race with no problem but the track had become more slippery and the racing line had narrowed; and lastly Hildebrand very nearly won the race with a wrecked car anyway and was perhaps unlucky to be passed by one car so close to the finish.
It's especially heartbreaking to see his friends (especially Tony Kanaan) breaking down after news got out of Wheldon's passing.
A positive example are Alex Zanardi's comeback rounds at the 2003 German 500.
They Changed It, Now It Sucks: Ran rampant during the CART-IRL days, as both series changed rules or tried something new to appeal to a broader fanbase, only to alienate the hardcore fans. Now that CART/Champ Car is officially dead, many fans grumble about the rules that make up IndyCar.
This was many fans' reactions to the Twin Texas races during the 2011 season. Essentially, it was a 550-mile race split into two smaller races. The first race would be run as normal. The second race had each driver pick their grid position through a lottery. While it was cool in theory, it felt way too artificial. Many were up in arms when the podium finishers of Race 1: Dario Franchitti, Scott Dixon, and Will Power, respectively, were the last people to draw for their grid position. The final positions were 3rd, 16th, and 28th. Power drew 3rd and Dixon drew 16th, forcing Franchitti into 28th. Needless to say, Power dominated the second race due to his grid pick, and the whole ordeal simply came off as phony.
Subverted after the debut of the DW 12 chassis to replace the exponentially unpopular third generation chassis (blamed for the deaths of Tony Renna and Dan Wheldon) that ended the dangerous pack racing and provided a more classical slingshot draft to the ovals, as well as much-improved road course racing (seeing as that, unlike the previous generation of cars, it was actually designed to be able to race on road courses).