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March 4, 2014

Framing the Month of May at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway

Filed under: The Disciple Blogs — Disciple of INDYCAR @ 4:25 pm

BuschThe 2014 Indianapolis 500 has piqued the interest of a wider variety of potential fans, and since that is what they are after that is a good thing. On track the micromanaged assembly of 33 chosen starters is coming into sharper focus. It was officially announced today that NASCAR journeyman Kurt Busch will drive the fifth Andretti Autosport machine and attempt ‘the double’ for Charlotte as well. My biggest hope for race day: No rain. Given the ferocity of what is hopefully a dwindling winter rain is a concern not only for race day but the remainder of the highly compressed half-month of May.

Multiple factions are represented this year by notable one-offs, and Busch joins long-absent Jacques Villeneuve and Juan Montoya in the field. Interesting for sure, and hopefully all have what it takes to compete.

SpinnerThe effort by IMS to further monetize almost every aspect of the activities during the month is also taking shape. My tenure as a fan dates back to the late 1950s. As someone who has crossed a couple of generation gaps I have no idea who ‘Hardwell’ is and before he was announced I always associated the term with ingestion of Cialis. Evidently he is a hotshot DJ who mixes techno-pop ‘music.’ I do not understand that either, and frankly it makes my ears hurt in a nails-on-chalkboard way. The important thing is not that I like or dislike that particular entertainment option. I won’t be anywhere near it. A generation to which IMS is trying to connect is enamored of the performer and the sound, and thousands of them are expected to pay a sizeable chunk of change to gather in the recently commercialized snake pit. That is a GOOD thing.

The half-month should be great for fans of all ages. Tradition remains important, and one big hope of many of us is that IMS will not lean too much toward Barnum & Bailey for qualifying. We shall see. Whatever they come up with will not work if it rains, and that needs optimism as well.

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5 Comments »

  1. Novelties, gimmicks, retreads, when is the KISS supereunion? Here come the mummies make you feel better? Johnny Cougars mellonballs? Still a 4.0 dead on the networks. LOL.
    Editor’s Note: And now, a mature, sober attempt at translation: Novelties, gimmicks and retreads are evidently selling a lot of tickets. If true, that is a GOOD thing. KISS? Who cares? Certainly not the demographics they are trying to attract. Here Come The Mummies? Great on Pole Day in the Plaza, like many of the other acts that occupy that stage. I’m assuming your cutesy Johnny reference is Mellencamp. Again, great for the classic rock crowd but probably not for the target demographic. 4.0 on network is higher than the vast majority of other sports offerings on network so the chiding is illogical. But what else is new among those who have no clues about how that business works? It rarely stops spouting off.

    Comment by Youowemeabeerasshole — March 6, 2014 @ 1:56 pm | Reply

  2. I still do not see how turning IMS into a concert venue for a day does anything but make money for IMS as a concert venue. Like yourself, many race fans will not even care about this. Nor will fans of the acts who come care about racing unelss they already follow racing. They might as well do these concerts in June or August for all the good it does. They need to do things related to racing. That would bring out more of the racing fans.

    I would not agree that its a good thing unless you are just looking to get more people in the track for any reason. But that does little in my opinion for the future of the sport. Most of these people likely will not even see or watch a car run.

    Comment by Bob F. — March 6, 2014 @ 5:11 pm | Reply

  3. I agree with Bob F. and sadly, even youowemeabeer isn’t entirely off the mark (for once). It’s REALLY too bad the Speedway can’t go by its own merits anymore, instead of turning the whole thing into a circus. And yet ANOTHER attempt at the “double”? What did that ever prove, besides how much testosterone a certain driver has? And if the weather doesn’t cooperate, it doesn’t come off. I’ve been an Indy fan for over sixty years, and I’m trying real hard to remain positive about the series, but I’m beginning to think I’m fighting a losing battle.

    Comment by DOUG — March 7, 2014 @ 12:37 am | Reply

  4. (Repetitive nonsense commentary mercifully relocated to the comment section of ‘IndyCar Idiot Repository’ thread dated 12/19/13)

    Comment by Youowemeabeerasshole — March 7, 2014 @ 1:16 pm | Reply

  5. (Epithet moved to ‘IndyCar Idiot Repository’ comment section dated 12/19/13)

    Comment by Youowemeabeerasshole — March 7, 2014 @ 7:58 pm | Reply


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