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May 27, 2009

Best News of the Week

Filed under: The Disciple Blogs — Disciple of INDYCAR @ 11:48 am

Paul Tracy subbing for Vitor at Foyt. This is the most potentially volatile partnership ever. It should be entertaining. IRL INDY 500

Now, the bad news: 4.2 overnight Nielsen rating on ABC, down 17.6% from a 5.1 overnight for the ’08 race. Tony and his minions made their bed with ABC, now they have to lay in it. Personally, I would have forsaken loyalty for business sense and dumped the clueless unprofessional franchise killers at ESPN/ABC at least five years ago.

The gleeful idiots at IRL hate/obsession sites will trumpet this as abject failure, but I would not go that far. I do believe the Versus deal is great, but IMS needs to distance itself as far as possible immediately from Disney before any more damage is done.

Fire them. Now.



  1. This is pretty funny, the cart ‘champ’car poster boy driving for “sammich” and not the Kalkhoven/Vassers of the world.

    Comment by TroyM — May 27, 2009 @ 1:41 pm | Reply

  2. While I’m a fan and supporter of Indycar, I can’t think of one friend or relative who has any interest at all in it. I think that lack of interest on the part of the general public, combined with many other entertainment options and thousands of channels on television, has led to these low ratings.

    I thought ABC actually did a good job publicizing the race. I think VS is doing an awesome job. I do have confidence that interest will develop, but it’s going to take a while. I don’t think it will ever get back to the glory days but it will get better.

    Comment by redd carr — May 27, 2009 @ 1:47 pm | Reply

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