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Column: IndyCar needs to start playin’ the feud

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — They have dinner together. They chat it up on Twitter. They offer congratulations on jobs well done, solace when things don't go so well.

Clearly, there's a lot of respect among the 33 drivers in Gasoline Alley.

Maybe a little too much.

While IndyCar is putting an increasingly entertaining product on the track — seriously, folks, this might be the best competition on the planet at the moment — it's clear heading into the "Greatest Spectacle in Racing" that something is still missing.

For the answer to what that might be, look no farther than the good ol' boys. Those NASCAR guys mix it up with each other on a weekly basis, like their auditioning for a spot in the WWE.

Sure, some of the antics are downright silly. I mean, did Nelson Piquet Jr. actually kick another driver in the groin after they scuffled on an off the track? C'mon, dude.

But you've got admit: They sure are entertaining.

Maybe if the open-wheelers had more feudin' and less niceties, they'd be making a bigger push to reclaim their rightful place in the American sporting hierarchy.

No less an authority that Mario Andretti says the racing is as good as it was during the glory days, when drivers such as himself, A.J. Foyt, Rick Mears, Bobby Rahal, and Bobby and Al Unser dominated at the Indianapolis 500.

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