The history of Indycar racing is long and convoluted. Its origins in the early 1900s remain the subject of debate among motor racing historians, which seems entirely appropriate when one considers the rollercoaster ride it has endured in the ensuing 100-plus years.
There have been periods of rapid growth and prosperity intermingled with stagnation and decline, and while the current situation seems extremely positive, with strong fields and excellent competition among high-quality teams and drivers, there remain a few undertones of negativity and discontent similar to those that have pervaded the sport throughout much of its existence.
The era regarded almost universally as the heyday of IndyCar coincided with the arrival of reigning Formula 1 world champion Nigel Mansell in 1993 and continued for the better part of a decade. During that period the series grew in leaps and bounds until effectively and unfortunately - and perhaps predictably - falling victim to its own success.