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February 25, 2008

Letters To The Editor

Filed under: The Disciple Blogs — Disciple of INDYCAR @ 12:24 am

There have been a few good comments so far and a predictable number of badly spelled, grammatically incorrect meanderings from the cart youth that rapidly met the ‘delete’ key. A Mr. H Dolan writes:  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 strongly 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?”Well, H Dolan, thank you for the great questions.  ‘IRL’ fans actually stands for INDY Racing fans.  Those of us who have attended the event over many consecutive decades without any interruption are uniquely aware of the phases of evolution that occur.  I remember fields full of Offies.  Or front-engined roadsters.  There was a time when March/Cosworths were all the rage.  I actually began to lose interest at the peak of the cart occupancy.  I never stopped going, however.  There are those who narrowly interpreted Tony George’s words to mean that all shade tree mechanics who employed dirt track heroes from any and all rural areas of middle America would be the next Indy 500 champions.  Of course that has not happened.  But a lot of other things have.  Sam Hornish parlayed a chance he would never have received into a top shelf ride in NASCAR.  From PDM to Panther to Penske.  Countless ‘middle Americans’ have also gotten chances in Indy racing.  Race drivers at the 500 have always come from all over the world, and that is a plus.  My personal favorite period allowed me to watch stars of the old NASCAR race against the best Indy racers and F-1 stars as well.  NASCAR is the destination for most of the small trackers these days…something NASCAR cultivated carefully.  That’s not to say many of these folks could not also make it in Indy cars; it would be nice if more of them would actually try it.  Calling today’s Indy Racing Series a redo of cart is, in my opinion, a relatively jaded interpretation.  The management configuration is different, and the end of champcar is nothing more than a gracious bailout by a benevolent leader.  It will be interesting to see how they are assimilated and whether the perception there is now one series will be helpful. 

What we have now is a predominately oval series (most of the champcar venues have been jettisoned) with a lot of Americans.  Hopefully the great racing will continue.  It’s already the fastest thing on ovals.  Hopefully you’ll keep watching.  I know I will. 

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4 Comments »

  1. […] Defender of the IRL Weblog wrote an interesting post today on Letters To The EditorHere’s a quick excerpt My personal favorite period allowed me to watch stars of the old NASCAR race against the best Indy racers and F-1 stars as well…. Sam Hornish parlayed a chance he would never have received into a top shelf ride in NASCAR. From PDM to Panther to Penske…. NASCAR is the destination for most of the small trackers these days…s omething NASCAR cultivated carefully…. […]

    Pingback by Nascar » Letters To The Editor — February 25, 2008 @ 2:32 am | Reply

  2. I agree with your thoughts. I am excited and know this will help the sport.

    Drop the flag!!!!

    Comment by Mike Miller GT — February 25, 2008 @ 7:22 pm | Reply

  3. I agree with you and you are a very wise man. P.S. who is the hunk in the picture? I’m not gay or anything, but I feel a tingling in my loins.

    Comment by J.B. — February 27, 2008 @ 3:30 am | Reply

  4. I try to make my comments not misspelled or grammatically incorrect, and appreciate your inclusion of them in your delightful blog. I am in awe of your impressive verbal skills and continue to be one of your biggest fans. Keep up the great work.

    Comment by grungex — February 27, 2008 @ 4:34 pm | Reply


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