Well, I'm sure most of you have heard about the horrific wreck yesterday. Drivers seem more and more opposed to to racing INDY cars on tracks designed for NASCAR to race on. Yesterday the concern seems to have been that the field of cars was too large.
"There was total concern about everything," Martin said. "Not so much the track, the track really didn't do anything wrong, as much as it was the style of race cars that you have in the Izod IndyCar. On a high bank speedway, they're able to go flat - that means flat to the floor with the accelerator - and by doing that, there was no separation of the field. So you had a pack of 34 cars all racing in one large group. At a lot of the other ovals you have a little bit of separation. They start 33 cars at the Indianapolis 500 - that's a two-and-half-mile flat oval. There's a lot of time for the cars to separate, for the good cars to get away from the slower cars.
"Here, all of the cars were able to run pretty much the same speed, which created a giant pack. There were times early in the race where they almost went four-wide.
"Remember one thing: The crash started at just 11 laps in what was a 200-lap race. It was far too early for something that serious, but everybody kind of expected that there was going to be at least one or two really big crashes in this race."
Martin said the size of the field, given the track, was a major factor: "Frankly, the size of the field, in my opinion, I thought was far too big for a mile-and-a-half track. A general full field for an Izod IndyCar series race on a mile-and-a-half oval is 26-28 cars. They had 34 cars on Sunday, that's a lot.
These concerns are nothing new. I remember when Lowes Speedway was built in Texas and the same concerns came up with the idea of racing INDY cars there in the 90s.