Disciple of INDYCAR Weblog

April 29, 2009

RIP Racing Participants

Filed under: The Disciple Blogs — Disciple of INDYCAR @ 1:35 am

Racing lost a couple of notable personalities this week. Danny Kladis was the oldest driver and held the earliest start of all living Indianapolis 500 competitors, died in Joliet. He started the ’46 race after the war and was 92 years old.

pooleMuch younger than Kladis was David Poole, best known for his work as a NASCAR writer for the Charlotte Observer and Sirius XM NASCAR Radio personality. Poole was only 50 and suffered a fatal heart attack Tuesday. Poole was opinionated but fair and listened to all viewpoints. His style was very easy to read and hear.

Memo to Indy Car management: Why would you schedule an oval race directly opposite Talladega? I fear IRL management will misinterpret lousy ratings as a sign they should get rid of more ovals. What needs to happen is evolution back toward the close, precise side by side competition that used to make the Kansas race one of the best.

That will not stop idiots from stupidly predicting doom again for Indy Car, assuming as always that 12+ ratings mean the same thing they did in the 80’s.

They get worse every time May rolls around.


1 Comment »

  1. First of all, I would like to send my blessings to both the individuals mentioned above and their families.

    In regards to Kansas, that was a scheduling blunder. The wrecks during the CUP race extended the Talledega event and that didn’t help.

    The ratings have nothing to do with the dicipline, road or oval. Keeping the ovals we have is a must. Racing before cup events might be the answer. Scheduling races earlier in the year as well. The highest rated IRL race outside of Indy was Walt Disney World in 2000. It broke the 2 mark.

    Comment by Mike Miller — April 29, 2009 @ 12:27 pm | Reply

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