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January 16, 2009

Stupid….eerrrr….SILLY Season

Filed under: The Disciple Blogs — Disciple of INDYCAR @ 2:13 am

Silly season is always fun. From that north of the border paragon of journalistic excellence, the Sun, comes word/wishful thinking that Paul Tracy could supplant Power or possibly Servia provided somebody comes up with some sponsorship teat on which Kalkhoven and Vasser can suckle. Surely there is some type of successful enterprise in Canada willing to foot the bill. Or not. Perhaps they view this situation as I do. Tracy is old. 40. What purpose would he serve? I would be far happier to see Ryan-Hunter-Reay get a good ride instead of some loudmouthed malcontent whose best days are behind him, despite that good one off at the Edmonton circuit last season.

The series no longer needs Tracy. Never did, actually. They need more Danicas, Marcos and Grahams. It seems way too hard for owners to get that message. AFS/AGR signed a young Columbian to drive their IPS car in ’09. Perhaps they believe they have the next Montoya. Who knows? Way to cultivate young American talent.

The IRL does not worry too much about turning their back on the 1996 to 2001 fans. They are thought to be too old, too poor and too set in their ways to make a difference, so screw ‘em. They are correct in knowing they have to market to a much younger demo, but they need to understand balance. The kids do not spend nearly the amount of money on this entertainment venture as us older farts.

They need charismatic youthful AMERICAN cast members, easily accessible venues primarily on ovals, and an acceptance that temporary street races in most every city except Long Beach are money losing jokes that make everyone involved look stupid.



  1. Here’s an idea. If you want all oval all american racing…watch Nascar. Otherwise shut the *#!k up…you sound like an old Cart fan.

    Editors note: Those who take the time to read my words know that I enjoy diversity and the occasional non-oval. Those who don’t make sweeping generalizations and hurl profanity. For the most part I would rather slide a rusty razor blade across my retina than watch NASCAR, and only really enjoy that circus on smaller tracks with fewer than 40 cars. It is racing and it has stars so it’s not bad. cart is something Indy racing has resembled enough. Indy Racing needs it’s own identity and direction again, and a great way to help that is to slow down the hiring of no name immigrants and cultivate home grown talent, then race mostly on ovals. Pretty basic fundamental stuff.

    Comment by The American Mutt — January 16, 2009 @ 6:04 am | Reply

  2. Like you, I think that IndyCars on ovals is the greatest racing on the planet. Unfortunately, that formula didn’t work. I love watching clips of the IRL races from the late 90s, but one cannot deny that the stands were barren. One could argue that poor marketing was to blame, but by the same token, the best option at this point is to cater to both fan bases. Paul Tracy is a household name and draws lots of attention, fans, and controversy. That’s what we need right now.

    Comment by John in Speedway — January 16, 2009 @ 1:32 pm | Reply

  3. If you think hurling profanity is somehow worse than putting up pictures of obese people or crying babies, than please feel free to think that–this being then country it is we’re entitled to disagree, but you’re wrong. It’s the same thing. It’s equally profane to suggest that Bourdais must be gay because he strikes you as a coward, which you’ve done in the past.

    I’ll however state my point (minus the profanity): “The series no longer needs Tracy. Never did, actually. They need more Danicas, Marcos and Grahams. It seems way too hard for owners to get that message. AFS/AGR signed a young Columbian to drive their IPS car in ’09. Perhaps they believe they have the next Montoya. Who knows? Way to cultivate young American talent.”

    “I enjoy diversity and the occasional none-oval.”

    These two statements don’t exactly go well together, and while I agree that the cart formula of 95 isn’t the best model to base yourself on, it certainly was a great deal more popular than either formula since. Complaining about a rise in non ovals is just as bad as complaining about a lack of non ovals. Neither does anything to advance the sport or welcome new fans.

    What you should be whining about is the addition of boring circuits. Belle Isle isn’t terrible because it’s a temporary street circuit–it’s terrible because, like most road courses, it’s too narrow for the cars to do anything. The technology has outgrown the old tracks. Before the split Cleveland was my second favorite race after Indy. It’s temporary, but it’s WIDE–that’s the difference. You complain about no passing, but then complain that they drop tracks like Nashville. Having been there in person this year, I’m telling you we’ve lost nothing. A meager fan base, and a track that was boring for both the lights and IRL cars. I like road courses because I prefer to watch drivers brake instead of hammering down and keeping the car off the walls, but I too want to see passing, which is why the fans should be pushing for the right road courses. I prefer to watch drivers drive the cars. If you don’t believe me do an average of finishes for Scott Dixon, Helio, and TK on tracks that require more than flat out the whole way. Really go do it. Include Mil, and Richmond, and an other oval that requires braking.

    Ultimately we both want the sport to grow and be prosperous, and I apologize for the vulgarity. It was late and I was kind of drunk. Yeah I get drunk and read racing blogs. That’s how much I love the sport. I wouldn’t be a good American Mutt if I didn’t get a little vulgar from time to time though would I.

    Comment by The American Mutt — January 16, 2009 @ 6:41 pm | Reply

  4. OH and having attended Michigans (hopefully not) final race, please feel free to complain about it’s loss. It’s an amazing track. Though I do tend to think the ICS would do well to avoid any ISC facilities. I tend to think their lack of promotion is the main reason the race failed. I agree whole heartedly with your statement on watching Nascar. It’s good to turn on if you need to take a nap though. I gave it a shot, and found it to be contrived bullshit with no redeming value outside of Bristol, which I’d gladly watch every year if they’d cut it down a two hundred mile race instead of 500.

    Comment by The American Mutt — January 16, 2009 @ 6:57 pm | Reply

  5. Who could provide great competition in the IndyCar Series? Milka Duno or Paul Tracy? Tracy had hardly any testing before his decent finish last summer at Edmonton.

    Comment by rick — January 23, 2009 @ 6:58 am | Reply

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