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December 1, 2008

Hypocrites are Annoying

Filed under: The Disciple Blogs — Disciple of INDYCAR @ 11:29 am

Interests related to the production of Ethanol in the United States are pitching a hissy fit over the Indy Car Series decision to align themselves with Brazilian alternative fuels entities. Never mind that most of the ethanol will likely originate in the United States anyway (so much for turning backs on farmers).

 

If that is their gripe, where is the angst over the Italian chassis that contain Japanese motors? Well? Come on, hypocrites, it’s the Indy Car Series. Pile on.

 

I have come to applaud the move by Indy Car with a few reservations. I understand the United States ethanol industry is nothing more than a hopeless mass of confused red tape and inefficient, unprofitable posturing. Brazil’s alternative fuel business is just the opposite. Alignment with folks who know what they are doing seems a good way to move forward.

 

In the end it is all about sponsorship dollars. Ethanol is said to be pulling away from any car and series sponsorship, and that is the bottom line with regard to the Brazilian development. It is a sign of the times.

 

Of course if Indy Racing was really bold they would encourage use of multiple types of alternative fuels and consider technology that does not consist of internal combustion. THAT would be compelling.

 

Words of advice to U.S. ethanol interests: Get your act together before you toss empty criticism.  

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3 Comments »

  1. Would you care to elaborate on which “non-internal combustion” technologies you think should appear in IndyCars? Are you talking about the ones that are still 10-20+ years away from being able to appear in mass produced cars because the technology either does not yet exist or is insanely expensive (meaning some sort of hybrid powertrain or hydrogen or some sort of cold fusion device or something else that you read about in the back of Popular Mechanics)? How, exactly, are these sorts of things supposed to be incorporated into IndyCars without driving up the cost of competition tenfold? And how are they supposed to be introduced into IndyCar in 3-5 years, if early experimental versions of these technologies have barely progressed past the laboratory phase, all while maintaining the current level of competition and reliability?

    A couple of weeks ago, you suggested that the league should aim to make the next generation of cars race like the ones from ’98 to ’02 or thereabouts, when they used production-based engines that were not vastly dissimilar to what you could get in a street car today (or yesterday, in that case). Meanwhile, what you suggest the league should do as far as incorporating future technology is in complete opposition to that: higher cost means that no team would be able to own their own technology like they could with the Auroras and Infinitis, and engine manufacturers would probably be unwilling to supply more than a handful of cars each, if the new package meant tens of millions of dollars of investment per car. What you’ll get will be something like ’02-’03 all right, but it’ll be Formula 1 of that era, when one team won well over half of the races.

    Again, are you going for maximum ironic potential with your post headline? Maybe you should watch who you’re calling a hyprocrite…

    Comment by The Speedgeek — December 1, 2008 @ 5:21 pm | Reply

  2. I agree with you.

    Comment by Brian — December 1, 2008 @ 7:28 pm | Reply

  3. it’s my understanding that american ethanol withdrew their sponsorship so then brazil stepped in and made their offer.

    that’s about as controversial as dunking a donut.

    Comment by frankie x — December 1, 2008 @ 10:21 pm | Reply


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