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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.

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2 Comments »

  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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