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February 23, 2008


Filed under: The Disciple Blogs — Disciple of INDYCAR @ 7:45 pm

The ‘split’ is over.  I’ve always preferred to call it by the more accurate term ‘boycott.’  That is what it actually was until around 2002 when the last cart team that actually mattered joined Indy Racing anyway.  The reaction in the press and by many of the teams is predictable.  Everyone is glad champcar is toast (like cart before it), but I knew they would be positioned, again, as victims.  It is what they have done best over the years.  Self crucifixion before self immolation. 

champcar has also positioned itself through its brief existence as the equal to the Indy Car Series, even going so far as to claim much of actual Indy car history before 1979 despite no tangible connection to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway or Indy Racing.  Sebastien Bourdais did not actually break any of Ted Horne’s records as they like to claim.  That type of comparison, although typical, is laughably disingenuous. 

It really is all about Indy.  It always has been and always will be.  Worship of the alternative by a small but vocal group of road racing supporters that took root even before Dan Gurney’s white paper in the 1970s was ignominiously crushed, twice, over the past dozen years.  Tony George did not really have to do anything except keep making the Indianapolis 500 and the Indianapolis Motor Speedway better, and actually distanced himself from cart/champcar as he built the Indy Racing Series.  cart and champcar killed themselves largely due to their own collective stupidity, then blamed Tony George as the root of their perceived evil. 

The mostly gratuitous perception that champcar is some kind of Indy equal is the only reason any sane person should be grateful Tony George bailed champcar out because the perception now, mostly as fed by the motor sports press, is that the one-sided ‘civil war’ is over.  I deeply resent the malicious behavior of many champcar supporters who strongly dislike Tony George.  I am working on getting myself past that resentment because the sport is worth it.  Conversely I hope the champcar contingent is able to get past their delinquency for the good of the sport.  Time will tell. 

It is all about Indy.  The future looks very bright.  One of IMS’ ongoing projects is the redevelopment of the town of Speedway in the vicinity of the track.  The plans are spectacular.  Tony is remarkable in that he doesn’t beg government for handouts to build himself better facilities.  It won’t be long until the 100th running.   I am willing to bet the center of motor racing in this country will be showcased in unimaginable ways by then. 



  1. Hang in there Defender. Support from folks like you are what keep the mental midgets at bay. They will eventually become a non-issue, not that they ever were in the first place. There is more to life than hatred. If you don’t like something, just ignore it. Don’t take away from those who do enjoy it. I look forward to your next issue 🙂

    Comment by skyhawk005 — February 23, 2008 @ 9:50 pm | Reply

  2. You spend considerable time ranting about the CARTisans and their attitude about Mr George. What is your opinion about those IRL fans from the beginning who feel that Mr George abandoned the stongly implied ‘visions’ at the foundation of the IRL. For example, ovals being the road to Indy…simply not the case today.

    We have a redo of CART. A fact, not opinion.One need only to look at the makeup of the current IRL. How does the ‘Defender’ reconcile that?

    Comment by hdolan — February 23, 2008 @ 10:09 pm | Reply

  3. Well written John. You are a true asset to the racing community. Your insights are fabulous.

    Comment by Spicoli — February 23, 2008 @ 10:11 pm | Reply

  4. No fuckin’ Boogity Boogity bullshit here! Ha!

    Comment by Open wheel fan — February 24, 2008 @ 8:52 pm | Reply

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