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November 27, 2012

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One problem that IndyCar has not adequately dealt with is the loss of young talent that moved up the racing ladder in open wheel racing, and then opted to compete with NASCAR.

Jeff Gordon, Tony Stewart, Kasey Kahne, Juan Pablo Montoya, Sam Hornish Jr., Danica Patrick, and Kyle Larson have all switched to stock car racing.

Fans that watch open wheel drivers compete at local tracks like Kokomo, Anderson, and Winchester speedways, along with Lucas Oil Raceway in Brownsburg, would like to see a sprint or midget driver progress to the IndyCar ranks.

Bryan Clausen is attempting to make that move, with assistance from Sarah Fisher Racing. But Clausen also attempted stock car racing before returning to his open wheel roots.

In other racing news: I’m looking forward this weekend to scratch another one off my Bucket List when I travel to Five Flags Speedway in Pensacola, Fla., for the Snowball Derby.

The Derby is the last big super late model race of the year and has attracted a stellar field of drivers from around the country. The last time I looked, there were more than 60 entries for the Derby and more than 50 for the Snowflake 100 for crate engine late models.

I traveled to Florida several years ago for the Derby, but for the first time in history the race was delayed a week because of rain.

Hoping for better weather this weekend. If it rains again, I might not get invited back.

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