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February 20, 2009

Glaring Indy Car Omission: 2-Mile Ovals

Filed under: The Disciple Blogs — Disciple of INDYCAR @ 12:59 pm

The new Indy Racing television partnership with Versus is beginning to be put into action. Every Saturday in March a different one-hour program will feature the series.  The schedule can be found at: http://ww2.versus.com/tvlistings/test-DB.asp?so=IRL


The ‘stock’ car fellows are back in action at Fontana. That track and Michigan were two of my very favorite Indy Racing venues. Fast, wide 2 milers with lots of action. Neither really clicked with fewer than 26 cars. It has also been quite a while since those operating the Indy Car Series actually gave a crap about what actual fans that spend money to watch the series want. I consider myself lucky to have seen Indy Cars at both venues and wish I could again. On the ovals. It is not that difficult to understand why Fontana got dropped. They cannot even convince people in the second most populated area of the country to attend a NASCAR event. Still, what a magnificent venue.


One of the legendary characters of Indy 500 and Indy Racing history is crazy uncle Bobby Unser. It is hard to imagine that he is 75 years old today. How did he make it that far!? One of the greatest treats about following the sport are the stories of Bobby when he was younger. Amazing. I have always found his family’s exploits on Pikes Peak of extreme interest as well.


I really need to visit their museum in New Mexico.


Enjoy the racing this weekend!



  1. Agreed. I truly miss those tracks and larger ovals in general. I’d sure take MIS, Fontana, Atlanta, or even Pocono over the likes of Kansas, Kentucky, and Homestead!

    Comment by Vic Lovisa — February 20, 2009 @ 1:42 pm | Reply

  2. Vic, Obviously you’ve never been to Kentucky. Though having attended MIS last event, I do concur that the series needs it. Penske should have never sold it.

    Comment by The American Mutt — February 20, 2009 @ 8:48 pm | Reply

  3. Vic, obviously you’ve never been to Kansas either. Another well kept secret of Indy car racing. It is now an annual trip for this race fan.

    Comment by The Truth — February 21, 2009 @ 12:55 am | Reply

  4. Just a Mile or 2 from Fontana sits maybe the best ever race track built for racing in a pile of dirt, with a few office building built on the property, Ontario Motor Speedway, reason for the failure of this track, IMO same reason that today Fontana does not sell out, just to many other things going on in So. Calif, problem is that a crowd of 20/30 thousand will not pay the expenses of the Fontana track, like it will do for the NHRA racing at the Fairplex in Pomona twice each year, The NHRA will draw 20/30 thousand on a Saturday just for time trials where each car gets two runs down the track, Fontana can’t get 5,000 there on Saturday for the IRL Qualifying and a IPS race, NASCAR does have a support race on Saturday before the Cup race on Sunday that will draw maybe 30,000, not sure how many attend the Sunday race, my guess less than 90,000 about what the IRL draws for the Texas race, when the T V money dries up for NASCAR so will many tracks

    Last year a race on the Michigan track would have been great with 26/28 cars, problem in the prior IRL races there, the track is just way to big for only 17/18 cars they looked like ants out there.

    I miss Pikes Peak, Phoenix, Loudon and Charlotte

    Comment by Rosco — February 21, 2009 @ 6:26 am | Reply

  5. Rosco,

    You make a good point about MIS and car count. As I said, I went to the last race, and the field did look small (it was also my first non Indy 500 race, so that didn’t help) on that track, but still the action was so damned good that it didn’t matter…until Dario went up in the air. Seven cars running around that track was just terrible, and I kind of just wanted a mercy ending.

    Comment by The American Mutt — February 22, 2009 @ 6:00 pm | Reply

  6. We stopped by the Unser museum while in Albuquerque last fall. Well worth the time. We even chatted with Al Unser Sr. for several minutes.

    Comment by Gurney Eagle — February 23, 2009 @ 6:32 pm | Reply

  7. In the early 70’s I was in the Navy stationed in Long Beach. Being from Indianapolis I had to attend the 500 mile race they held at Ontario. The place was a carbon copy of “The Speedway” and you could actually see most of the track. Trees blocked your view at Indy. My question is, what happened to the place?


    Comment by Geoff — May 22, 2009 @ 3:03 pm | Reply

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