One of the more crusty ex-CART employee writers still stuck in a time warped vacuum, Gordon Kirby, unleashed what might have been a really good blog post on his website the other day in which he mined quotes from one of the more successful Indy Car crew chiefs from the past, Jim McGee. Getting to the ‘meat’ of the blog takes a little effort, but is easily captured.
Spec racing is bad. Sealed engine leases are bad. Build-your-own stock blocks is good. Bring back innovation and diversity. Four really good points. Hardly anyone disagrees on most levels with the premise of them. The problem is they are surrounded by twenty five paragraphs of hissy fit. The other twenty four are mostly a pointless re-splash of water long under a bridge in the bitter, negative style used both by ignorant twisty squatters darkly obsessed with IndyCar (and deposed CART employees) and by senile now departed grandparents.
- ‘It is sad to see what has happened over the past ten or more years.’
- ‘IT’S GOING TO CRATER’ aka ‘the sky is falling….the sky is falling’
- ‘The DW12 is not powerful enough.’
- ‘The DW12 is ugly’
I wonder if he understands how out of step he is with contemporary society? The first sentence decries how ‘frustrated old-timers are with the sad state of IndyCar today.’ Not surprising given that he includes a quote in the header from another old-timer who actually did die. Kirby laments how ratings have dwindled compared to twenty years ago without the vaguest notion that ratings for the vast majority of everything on television has dwindled as well. This ‘end is near’ sign waving continues all the way to last sentences that shriek about the ‘downward spiral’ and lack of effective leadership.
As usual, the commentary is long on bitching but short on practical solutions, other than wet dreams. Once you read through the teeth gnashing the only real point is the same as always with that bunch. We want control instead of allowing the Hulman-Georges to retain control. Like it or not, good luck with that in this century.