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June 25, 2009

Brazil is Not Necessarily A Town Near Terre Haute

Filed under: The Disciple Blogs — Disciple of INDYCAR @ 1:37 am

BrazilThe Indy Car Series has made it all but official about Brazil. Some park in a city in the sugar cane country. Street deal. Be still my beating heart. Those always work so well over the long haul.

The bottom line is money. Indy Car is getting a lot of it thrown their way and that is something new venues in the United States cannot do right now without backlash. Besides, many of the drivers and all of the fuel sponsorship originates there so a Japanese-style back scratching is not bad, particularly since it will happen early. But a street course? If I had the time and could scrounge up the bucks, I would go. It has always been a pretty good time in that part of the world in the past.

The IRL is touting an 18 race schedule. That’s fine, but for most Americans travel to Brazil and Japan is not in the cards. That leaves 16. Not too many will make a trek to Edmonton or even Toronto (well, maybe some Indy Car fans in Buffalo). That leaves 14. Rumor has it we’re losing another oval in this country.  Can Europe or China be far behind?

Formula One decided not to cart itself into non-existence this week, and the Nazi role playing spank happy old man who became a lightning rod for all sorts of unrelated criticism won’t be a part of the festivities going forward. Is it not about time for Bernie to retire as well? Perhaps the greed that prevented fans from seeing Grand Prix events in Canada and Indy will subside and with it the needless screwing of loyal fans.

The Indianapolis Motor Speedway sent me an e-survey today. I took twenty minutes to fill it out. It did not offer a section for extemporaneous comments, but if it had I was all prepared to ask who was in charge and who commissioned the survey. The sisters, members of the Krisiloff family, Tony, Mari, Chitwood?  I would have been curious.

I am champing at the bit to get to Richmond. That, to me, is the second best event behind Indy, and both offer completely different types of excitement.



  1. Well, Tony is in charge of course. Isn’t that what you told us in this blog a few weeks ago. He even called a press conference himself to tell us.

    Comment by Billy Bootlicker — June 25, 2009 @ 2:30 am | Reply

  2. I’m sure the title of this entry blew some people’s minds…especially all of the folks your entry from Monday alluded to.

    I’ve always wondered why Brazil was never on the schedule. There are more than enough Brazilians in the big cars, and you can’t go through the Lights paddock without tripping over a few, so I would’ve thought someone or another would call up Tony and invite his circus down.

    I guess it helps to have the biggest commercial entity in Brazil behind you this time around…

    Comment by H. B. Donnelly — June 25, 2009 @ 4:55 am | Reply

  3. Heck, perhaps APEX Brasil can build an oval in Brazil, Indiana. That would be a trip!!

    While some are saying the series is one fumes, the fact that the IRL have hooked up with a motherload sponsorship from a coutry with a better economic situation is ignored by those too lazy to pay attention while they write commentary.

    Comment by Mike Miller — June 26, 2009 @ 4:11 pm | Reply

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