Dario Franchitti wearing the bull's-eye

Updated: March 24, 2011, 7:44 PM ET
By John Oreovicz | ESPN.com

INDIANAPOLIS -- The Izod IndyCar Series opens the 2011 campaign with open-wheel racing in a stronger position than it has enjoyed in many years.

With the so-called unification of Indy car racing now three full years in the past, IndyCar's focus is firmly on the future. With the sport's economic base improving, grids will be capped at 26 cars (except at the Indianapolis 500, which will feature its traditional 33 starters), and there is the tantalizing prospect of three engine suppliers ...

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