Disciple of INDYCAR Weblog

October 9, 2009

Homestead or Bust! It’s the Indy Cars and the Season Finale…

Filed under: The Disciple Blogs — Disciple of INDYCAR @ 1:46 am

IRL ManagementOn the eve of the final Indy Car race of the 2009 season all eyes and ears are already focused on what will happen in 2010. The optimists are hoping management removes their heads from their behinds and loses the oval aversion (not that course variety is bad; they are just going overboard and it will not work long term – it never has) that crept in after the remnants of cart were mercifully and graciously rescued. The pessimists continue to focus on reasons they believe Indy Car will fail. I suppose it is easy for some to fall into such a trap, particularly when every motorsports entity they have supported has gone out of business.

Indy Cars in MiamiThe pessimists continue to look foolish. When looking at actual reality, things actually look up. More series sponsors are renewing, including Makers Mark and Peak. Sarah Fisher is preparing to announce she will add a second car for selected events next season. Gil deFerran and Alex Tagliani are quietly preparing new teams. Penske is said to be preparing three entries for next season. Although ovals are dwindling I believe the Barber Motorsports experience will surprise a lot of people. That is  avenue that craves the Indy Cars.

First things first. This weekend will be bittersweet. The Indy cars wrap up the season and most everyone can watch except those still being violated and denied by DirecTV and Comcast, but the long off season begins. Let’s ALL enjoy the festivities this weekend if able and allowed!



  1. I’m lucky to be able to go….otherwise I’d have to watch it over the net.

    Comment by tim nothhelfer — October 9, 2009 @ 12:33 pm | Reply

  2. You expect a lot out of Barber? I’ve mainly heard that it might be worse than Mid Ohio or Infenion.

    Editor’s note: If they widen certain parts of the track they will be fine. That is the plan. George Barber built a first class facility and he loves Indy Cars. The museum alone is worth the visit. Most road racing are fast parades, but this may be OK simply because the aesthetics and accessibility are great. I do hope they get portions widened to allow for actual racing.

    Comment by dylan — October 9, 2009 @ 8:02 pm | Reply

    • Barber does seem like an interesting proposition, but if Formula 1 has taught me anything over the years, it’s that a wider track doesn’t assist overtaking.

      As for Tim, I’ll be watching Homestead over the net and am looking forward to it.

      Comment by Leigh O'Gorman — October 10, 2009 @ 8:18 pm | Reply

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