Disciple of INDYCAR Weblog

May 12, 2009

The Haves and The Have Nots

Filed under: The Disciple Blogs — Disciple of INDYCAR @ 1:24 am

It is time to quit screwing around. Yesterday’s blog dealt with the gimmickry of 11/11/11, and the obvious appeal. But basically here is what it actually still is: A feast on the first day for the rich guys, then a scramble for leftovers by the community paupers. It does not really matter how much they try to legislate equality the rich will always get richer and the poor will always try to catch up.

ScheckterIt is ironic that years in which, say, Penske suffered were years when equipment he developed was not up to snuff.  Is it not about time for the pendulum to swing back to a more innovative spirit? Spec Honda/Dallaras have been criticized as outdated and the racing is not nearly as close as it used to be. Why not shake it up?  Although the final weekend will be fun to watch there are some stories that will continue to baffle.Buddy Rice

The second weekend of qualifications will feature a fight for the last eleven spots. Why aren’t Tomas Scheckter and Buddy Rice in cars? They are recent vintage 500 stars and one of them won.

Hopefully the weather holds.



  1. 1995 was a great year. Some of the previous haves did not do so well because the previous have nots ended up with better equipment than them. These former have nots were the ones that gambled on Firestone tires and Honda engines. Stuff like that helped the sport because it elevates a team to the upper level.
    Editor’s note: 1995 was 14 years ago in a previous century. Look forward. Not backward.

    Comment by TroyM — May 12, 2009 @ 4:10 am | Reply

  2. Rumor says Scheckter will be in a second Beck car. Buddy Rice wants to be called in Phoenix instead of walking around Gasoline Alley looking for a ride himself.

    Comment by Doesn't matter — May 12, 2009 @ 9:43 am | Reply

  3. Hey, I was pointing out a perfect example of have-nots getting a boost when new manufacturers come to the sport. The established teams are reluctant to change and sometimes the new manufacturers have good stuff. Steve Horne’s team got a huge boost from the Honda engine program. The Honda engine also helped make Ganassi the powerhouse team they are starting in 1996. I was kind of dissapointed that Toyota used some of the smaller teams like Cal Wells and then dumped them when their engine started running with the others. Honda was loyal to their original teams.

    Comment by TroyM — May 13, 2009 @ 1:22 am | Reply

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