Disciple of INDYCAR Weblog

December 10, 2008

When Does The Vilification of Brian France Begin?

Filed under: The Disciple Blogs — Disciple of INDYCAR @ 1:14 pm

Advertising Age Magazine has a report this week that delves into NASCAR financial woes. The woes are referred to as ‘hitting a wall’ while describing erosion of the fan base, declining race attendance, TV ratings on the way down, the implosion of the domestic auto industry and economically stressed marketers who are dropping sponsorships in large numbers. Over 1,000 people have been laid off from teams.

 

Can you imagine the heckling from stupid people if these sorts of problems were affecting Indy Car? The bigger they are the harder they fall. Indy Racing remains very well positioned in the current economic crisis, and the problems affecting NASCAR do not seem to be making a significant difference in Indy Car.

 

While the malaise certainly stinks for NASCAR it will be interesting to see how and if they recover from it. Many of their venues are feeling the pain; e.g., Kansas, who dropped their casino and second Cup race plans and Texas, who is tearing out backstretch grandstands in favor of expensive RV real estate.

 

This particular silly season is more notable for what is considered silly than the usual driver and team movement gossip. People who lose their jobs around the holidays have my best wishes; most of them work very hard but get caught up the mess anyway. That is not really fair but it seems to be happening on a widespread basis.

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