Yep it ain't 20 years or more ago, probably one or two teams could weather not running the 500, but it would cripple the rest for the whole year as it stands now. It's more of a survival move than anything. Hopefully it will get better. I didn't hear anybody asking Penske if they were going to have 200 more horsepower in their cars soon. Things are getting good, I hope Penske stays healthy, it's the best thing that has happened to IndyCar in years and years IMO.I agree in that I am of the theory that since the Indy 500 is your biggest race and most widely watched it hurts the series when your biggest teams and star drivers miss the race. It may not have hurt in 1979 but it sure as hell hurts now in 2019. Add in the fact that you really dont have 50 cars or teams showing up anymore to get in the field and I am fine with guaranteeing full time teams, I want to see the best and brightest go at it. I dont care about some small funded team knocking out Hinchcliff like what happened to him in 17, its stupid and counter productive. I bet you couldnt even name what team and driver it was that made it instead of Hinch that year or Alonso this year. In fact I was bummed Alonso missed it this year, its a treat to watch that guy race. I'd carve out a block of time to watch him race a big wheel if he did that.