Disciple of INDYCAR Weblog

October 1, 2008

A Novel Approach: Responsible Cable Partner

Filed under: The Disciple Blogs — Disciple of INDYCAR @ 12:30 pm

Indy Car announced more specifics of the TV deal yesterday. ABC carries five races, and they begin with the 500. So much for building buzz beforehand. The subtle but continuing neglect of the franchise by the ESPN folks continues unabated. Considering the first two ‘races’ are street parade abominations and we have to wait until Kansas for an actual race where cars compete against one another that might not be a bad thing.


More good news is dramatically increased coverage on Versus. They get the first three and the final eight with a Richmond sandwich. All races are in HD, and the sheer amount of coverage expands dramatically. ABC gets Indy (hopefully they will not screw it up), Milwaukee (tradition), Iowa (fantastic new short track), Watkins Glen (a proper road course) and Toronto (a former pretty good cart party with alcohol and women, all disguised as a pretty boring street abomination) and will no doubt tout the schedule as representative of the diversity the series now has. How long before they re-plant Paul Page in the booth and play Delta Force?


Despite sky is falling wailing from cart-centric idiots obsessed with 12+ overnights as if they actually matter and not having the first inkling of how the television business operates, viewership increased last season by 21.4%. Numbers were up across the board.  


Not yet announced is how the qualification coverage will be arranged, and that is going to be potentially more interesting than the rest of the schedule, which is:



April 5
St. Pete street parade
VERSUS 2-5 p.m.
April 19
Long Beach former cart street parade
VERSUS 3:30-6:30 p.m.
April 26
VERSUS 4-7 p.m.
May 24
The 500
abc Noon-4:30 p.m.
May 31
abc 3:30-6:00 p.m.
June 6
Texas Motor Speedway
VERSUS 9 p.m. – Midnight
June 21
Iowa Speedway
abc 1-3:30 p.m.
June 27
Richmond International Raceway
VERSUS 8-11 p.m.
July 5
Watkins Glen International
abc 1-3:30 p.m.
July 12
Streets of Toronto
abc 1-3:30 p.m.
July 26
VERSUS 5-8 p.m.
Aug. 1
Kentucky Speedway
VERSUS 8-11 p.m.
Aug. 9
VERSUS 1-4 p.m.
Aug. 23
Infineon Raceway
VERSUS 5-8 p.m.
Aug. 29
Chicagoland Speedway
VERSUS 9 p.m. – Midnight
Sept. 6
Belle Isle ‘Park’
VERSUS 3-6 p.m.
Sept. 19
Twin Ring Motegi Honda bend over
VERSUS 9/18 10:30 p.m.-1:30 a.m.
Oct. 10
Homestead-Miami Speedway
VERSUS 4-7 p.m.
I wish Michigan was back on the schedule. The stunning stupidity involved in excluding that track continues to be inexcusable. I am also of the opinion Pikes Peak needs to be made available again for Indy Cars.

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