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September 4, 2009

A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The End Of The Season

Filed under: The Disciple Blogs — Disciple of INDYCAR @ 1:23 am

RIRAfter stinking up a few oval joints with really bad, non-existent racing (except in the pits), the IRL fixed their product. The last two oval races have been works of art. They have scared the living bejeesus out of fans, drivers, league officials and viewers. That is exactly how it should be. Real racing means living right out there on the very edge, Hemingway style.

There is a problem, however. Those running the show seem to secretly wear panties. They are very nervous about the probability of something bad happening. As a fan I am less concerned because Tony George and the Indy Car folks have blazed a trail toward huge safety advances for the past couple of decades. The most serious injuries lately have occurred on the twisty circuits. Not that something bad cannot happen; racing is inherently dangerous and always carries high risk.

LoudonIndy Car seems bound and determined to screw it up. Fast parades on streets is not racing.

Pete Pistone this week wrote on CBS Sports’ web site that ovals are the way for the Indy Car Series to thrive. He also included some out of the box ideas such as teaming up with NASCAR on some weekends, but his primary theme was that Indy Car needs more ovals, not fewer.

MISThe schedule next season is insulting to fans who have supported the Indy Car Series since 1996. Our message is loud and clear: You must schedule more ovals than road courses every season. Those of us who enjoy that style need to continue to convey the message loud and clear.

Have a great and safe holiday weekend!

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6 Comments »

  1. No. They must not schedule more ovals than road courses. It should be an even mix of road/street courses and ovals.

    Editor’s note: Even though every major series that have gone that route have gone out of business?

    Comment by Don — September 4, 2009 @ 1:12 pm | Reply

  2. So are you saying that a balanced/diverse schedule is what killed CART?

    C’mon dude you can’t possibly be that dumb. CART going out of business had nothing to do with running a balanced schedule.

    The funny thing is that you somehow have deluded yourself into thinking that the IRL Oval-Centric formula was successful and that a balanced schedule never was successful.

    If the IRL’s All-Oval or Even Mostly Oval Formula was so successful then……

    Why were the ratings and fan support not higher?
    Why did it take so long to kill CART and Champ Car?
    Most importantly why did they abandon an all/mostly oval formula if it was working so well.

    The all oval IRL Formula was only slightly less retarded than the Champ Car all road/street formula. Both of them were failures. One failed completely and the other morphed in order to survive.

    The major problem that the IRL has is that while they are now racing with a diverse schedule……they don’t race at many of the best tracks from each particular genre. What’s the point of having a mixed schedule when everybody knows several of the best tracks are not even on the schedule.

    Without Michigan, Phoenix, Road America, Cleveland, and Surfer’s……it’s just not a very good schedule.

    Editor’s note: What killed cart was arrogance, ego and the most stupid boycott in the history of sports. I have also stated many times that course diversity is GOOD. Diversity, however, does not mean mostly-non-ovals. Road courses and idiotic street circuits are both non-ovals. I believe the series should be at least 65% oval. I believe non-ovals should be real race tracks.

    Comment by Serg — September 5, 2009 @ 3:55 am | Reply

  3. I attended the first meeting in Las Vegas,this was held at the Imperial Palace the meeting was after we had visited the Las Vegas Speedway that Richie Cline was developing along with two partners,they did not have a Cup race on their schedule,during this meeting we were told that the series would be an oval series, nothing mentioned about any Road or Street race, Tony George, Jack Long and Leo Mehl were there plus several people representing different teams, the teams were promised two different things that day, First 28 teams would be guaranteed starting positions in the Indianapolis 500 and that the teams would be able to secure a loan from a Indiana Bank for starting up a team.

    With myself being an Oval person I was hooked right then, hook, line and sinker, the past three years I have started seeing the light, problem is the light just keeps getting dimmer each and every year, the IRL is going away from their original plan and I am going away from the IRL that I enjoyed many years and hundreds of thousand miles in travel, thank God that I can still enjoy other things in this life such as Golf and Fishing

    Comment by Rosco — September 5, 2009 @ 6:23 am | Reply

  4. i am curious how you can state that tony george and the indy car folks have blazed a trail of safety for the past few decades? you kidding me? number one, the two, george and his failed version of indycars, have only been around since ’96, and they have failed at safety on a wide scale. you conveniently leave out all the broken backs, necks, airborne cars and deaths that the irl produced well into the 200’s, how typical. yes, they have taken major steps in the last few years, but again, they are no pioneers or trailblazers when it comes to safety.

    maybe if you left out your bias towards mr. george, your credibilty would at leat get to levels like the ratings the irl gets on versus, nope, that wont work either. try proof-reading your work before posting it defender.

    let us talk about something that is relevant, and that is the fact that tony george himself cannot drum up a sponsor for his vision team, and better yet, without one, will not be around next year. how funny and ironic, and irl season without the man who was your saviour. history will not be kind to tony george!

    oh yeah, go & $ * @ yourself defender, fat man!!!

    Editor’s note: How quaint.

    Comment by jay — September 7, 2009 @ 6:51 pm | Reply

  5. I get a kick out of guys like Jay. Hey Jay, have you checked a calendar lately? Do you know what year it is?

    I’ve got to agree with Defender on this one; the schedule needs to be mostly ovals. For the life of me, I don’t understand why the IRL hasn’t taken SMI up on its five-race offer. However, I do understand the difficulty of working with ISC; practically every time the IRL schedules a race at an ISC track, it winds up getting screwed sooner or later. But there are other tracks around… why didn’t IMS take a shot at getting the Milwaukee lease? (Wait, I know the answer to that…) It’s just a shame that the recent changes weren’t made last year; if they had been, Nashville might still be on the schedule. Better later than never, though. We’ll see where it goes from here.

    Comment by Dave Cornutt — September 9, 2009 @ 2:43 am | Reply

  6. Most of the drivers thought the cars were more secure at Kentucky and Chicago – even when running inches apart. If the fans are happy and the drivers are happy, … then the IRL will screw it up. Yes at some point there will be a multi-car accident (that’s racing), someone at the IRL will think the oval parades in first half of ’09 looked safer, and they’ll change the rules back to avoid cars being close together.

    The type of track the IRL goes to is determined by money. Chicago was a great race this year, but poorly attended. If non-ovals are more profitable, for whatever reason, then they will become the majority.

    If the fans want to be heard it will be their money that does the talking!

    Comment by Tom — September 10, 2009 @ 3:48 am | Reply


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