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April 21, 2009

We Probably Ought to Start a ‘Save The Ovals’ Society at Some Point

Filed under: The Disciple Blogs — Disciple of INDYCAR @ 1:51 am

Now that Long Beach is history and was apparently a success (even though the ‘racing’ could not suck enough, as has always been the case there), how long will it be until the Indy Cars begin racing anew at Road America or Cleveland? And what ovals will be dumped?

The race coming up at Kansas is always a must-see. That’s usually a Chicago-quality show. I hope the people now running the Indy Racing show do not decide to start dumping more ovals. I miss the concrete oval at Nashville. I really miss Pikes Peak (I know…out of Indy Racing’s control) but I really REALLY miss Michigan. Phoenix and Fontana were nice, but Indy Racing still seems fairly far away from marketing those two venues adequately.

Which ovals could be dumped? The best guesses would be venues with two Cup dates. Hopefully sense prevails and all the ovals on the schedule now are maintained. Re-add important tracks such as Michigan.

ksMeantime, Sarah Fisher returns this week, and not a moment too soon. I hope Penske decides to run Power.

We’ll see you this weekend if you decide to attend!



  1. This week, then the month of May, will set the tone for the success of IndyCar. The previous two weeks are really just a warm-up.

    Comment by redd — April 21, 2009 @ 3:15 am | Reply

  2. The problem with Michigan, Phoenix, and Fontana is, of course, NASCAR. They own the tracks, and they don’t want anyone else bumping in on their show. The only thing I truly don’t like about Roger Penske is that he let ISC purchase MIS, Fontana, and Nazareth (which they promptly closed). I would so dearly love to have Michigan back, and Phoenix would be nice. As great as Kentucky, Kansas, and Chicago are, I really wish the IRL wasn’t on three tracks that are nearly exactly the same.

    Comment by H. B. Donnelly — April 21, 2009 @ 3:28 am | Reply

  3. Nashville was a turd. It’s time for you to accept that and move on. As I’ve stated many times–what’s more boring than a parade at a street race a parade at an oval. It was boring IN PERSON. Let it the f*#! go man.

    Comment by The American Mutt — April 21, 2009 @ 4:02 am | Reply

  4. For that matter how is it so many oval only enthusiats over look the fact that half the ovals the Indycar series goes to end up being just as lacking in passing?

    Comment by The American Mutt — April 21, 2009 @ 4:03 am | Reply

  5. The eyes of the illiterate parody site clowns will be on the Kansas race as usual.

    Comment by Some dude — April 21, 2009 @ 11:07 am | Reply

  6. The relationship between ISC and IRL has become too strained. At about the time the Frances decided to turn their series into a reality TV show, they seemingly also made the decision to treat all other forms of racing as competition, competition that must be killed off. The only dates we’ll see at Michigan and Fontana will be on Thursday. In other words, it ain’t gonna happen…..

    The ICS might fare better with SMI. Get back in to Vegas and Charlotte.

    I think it is imperative the IMS and IRL keep the ovals they have, and revamp their relationship with SMI.

    But the dates with the ISC tracks we have presently must be kept. And Kansas could be a great race again this year. There’s plenty of passing at the ovals on the ICS races on. However, if a car such as Dixon runs away with 1st, the slicing and dicing going on in the back of the field gets over looked.

    Comment by Mike Miller — April 21, 2009 @ 1:28 pm | Reply

  7. The lact of passing on certain ovals is down to the ways the cars are designed. CART may have done some dumb stuff, but the Handford Device was one of the greatest ideas in the history of racing.

    I almost forgot…we DO need a “save the ovals” campaign. We need to save the local tracks that are being torn down by housing developments, industry, and the recession. A lot of races that were once spectacular are now going away because the tracks are getting torn up or the economy cant support them.

    Comment by H. B. Donnelly — April 21, 2009 @ 1:38 pm | Reply

  8. I too would like to see more ovals. But Tony decided he was losing too much money on ovals, (or decided to quit spending so much on them) he has done exactly as CART did and went towards the events that make money. At one time, you could get sponsors to buy enough tickets to a race to complement the ticket buying public, but there are few good sponsors left in open wheel thanks to the split that Tony started.
    Editor’s note: What year is this? 2009. Not 1995. We’re 14 years beyond. Join us.

    Comment by TroyM — April 21, 2009 @ 3:15 pm | Reply

  9. “Handford Device was one of the greatest ideas in the history of racing”

    I disagree. All it did was cause the car in back to leap frog the one in front. No one wanted to lead because the car in back was sure to pass. I never saw so many cars trying not to lead..

    Comment by Mike Miller — April 21, 2009 @ 3:41 pm | Reply

  10. What did I say that did not relate to 2009? Sounds like you don’t like the truth. You and the rest of the Tony Bootlickers like to blame ISC and Nascar but if it was profitable, they would run the races.
    Editor’s note: ‘Tony Bootlickers?’ That childish tone was my first clue, Einstein.

    Comment by TroyM — April 21, 2009 @ 9:46 pm | Reply

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