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July 13, 2009

A Weekend for the Old Men

Filed under: The Disciple Blogs — Disciple of INDYCAR @ 12:32 am

That was an interesting race weekend. Mark Martin did us old people proud again in Joliet; Formula 1 was in Germany tape delayed on Fox and that was mildly interesting, and it is always good to see someone who has tried for so long to win to actually do that, so congratulations to Mr. Webber. The Indy Cars took the show to Toronto where the street festival resembled a Saturday night demolition derby.

Tracy rideThe Canucks did something you do not hear every day, and that was incessant booing of Helio Castroneves after he inadvertently punted Paul Tracy into the rickety-fenced jersey barrier. Tags took Bachelart’s low budget rent-a-ride for a great one, relatively speaking…and Danica had another top ten finish (better again than her teammates). In the end Dario used a good car and some questionable race officiating to get Target back to the top. Most impressive run of the day: Will Power.

Crowds did not turn out in overwhelming numbers. I fear many Canadians are still stupidly stuck in 1995 like the handful of disenfranchised cart enthusiasts left in the US who cannot bring themselves to discover sportsmanship and stop squawking for even a small amount of time. Street ‘racing’ is a perverted abomination of the sport, and brings about way too much needlessly stupid contact. I do not know what type of shape Mosport is in these days, but surely Canada can build a proper track. Still, the race in Toronto was compelling enough to watch with enthusiasm.

Disappointing Toronto attendance was accompanied by lots of shiny aluminum in both Germany and Chicagoland, but those facts will be conveniently forgotten.

ABC is gone for the rest of the year, and although the ratings will take a bit of a hit the improved Versus presentation will make it worthwhile. ESPN on ABC was even more awful than before. Perhaps Mr. Belskus will leave the cheesy Hulman sentimentality on the shelf and can those clowns once and for all.

For the Indy Cars, it is on to Edmonton, where at least the temporary course is more like Cleveland.

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5 Comments »

  1. Why are Canadians so angry? I always thought they were fairly mild-mannered… until I started reading their insane racing forum.

    Comment by Demond Sanders — July 13, 2009 @ 2:42 am | Reply

  2. “I fear many Canadians are still stupidly stuck in 1995 like the handful of disenfranchised cart enthusiasts left in the US who cannot bring themselves to discover sportsmanship and stop squawking for even a small amount of time.”

    Or maybe they just don’t like the product being offered to them. Just like many fans in the United States.

    Comment by TroyM — July 13, 2009 @ 3:38 am | Reply

  3. I don’t by the “product being offered to them” line. It’s simply a state of mass dogmatic thinking on the part of some of the Canadians.

    The product of IndyCar is more than good enough at these venues, more recognizable drivers and larger fields. The minds of some Canadians are simply closed to anything IMS. Call in Gerarld Forsythe Syndrom.

    Canadians are suffering from GFS.

    Comment by Mike Miller — July 13, 2009 @ 12:30 pm | Reply

  4. But if they don’t like it, why worry about it? Just don’t watch it. I’m not a hockey, skiing or curling fan, but I don’t complain about those sports.

    Comment by redd — July 14, 2009 @ 12:14 am | Reply

  5. Inadvertently “my ass” punted Paul Tracy, that was as intentional as intentional can be

    Comment by Rosco — July 14, 2009 @ 8:34 pm | Reply


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