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October 15, 2009

Indy Car Doomsday: What If?

Filed under: The Disciple Blogs — Disciple of INDYCAR @ 12:11 am

How To Start a Racing SeriesLet us enter a fantasy world in which the dire prognosticating of the majority of Internet keyboard jockeys actually comes to fruition, and the Indy Car Series goes out of business. What would happen then?

Here are some possibilities:

Cash Cow1.  A group of owners might band together and start a new series that races primarily on their favorite courses, mostly twisty ones. Since owners in motorsports tend to keep making mistakes that kill themselves off every so often, that is probably not a good approach.

2.  IMS, knowing they need to keep their own cash cow producing, modifies the formula and incorporates the most valuable tracks; sort of a re-trench.

3.  An interest affiliated with NASCAR (could be ISC, could be SMI, could be NASCAR and/or the Frances themselves) make it their own series and run it at their tracks in conjunction with their own series. That might be the best option from a promotion standpoint, but what would the cars look like in a few years?

4.  Someone re-starts an Indy Car Series from scratch (think 1996) and actually maintains the core values that got it started.

There may be many more possibilities. One thing is certain. In the unlikely event the IRL went the way of cart/champcar, another evolution of what we know as Indy Car would most certainly appear in short order.

I like what we have and believe we should all work to make it better.

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3 Comments »

  1. You know, for as long as I’ve been thinking about it I’ve been horrified by the idea of N****R running the IRL. But now I’m not so sure it would be a bad thing. In fact, it might be the best way to breathe life back into the IRL.

    First, as you mentioned, N****R is brilliant at promotion (which Indycar stinks at). Second, you could get some sponsor cross-pollination and an inflow of money, hopefully for more diverse engine/chassis combinations for Indycar. Third, N****R has no problem conjuring up phony rivalries pro wrestling-style. They could play up the whole open wheel vs. taxicab rivalry on a big stage to generate interest. Finally and most importantly, if they are able to synch the schedules for certain oval events, they could get some of the open wheel defectors back into Indy Cars for some events. There would be tons of interest generated by getting Stewart, Robbie Gordon, Hornish Jr., Montoya, etc. back in open wheel cars, especially at the Indy 500. Those battles would increase the brand exposure for Dixon, Franchitti, Briscoe, and some of the up-and-coming American drivers. Some of the other N****R drivers might want to take shot, like Jeff Gordon, Kurt Busch, Ernhardt Jr. They can’t do it now because that would be traitorous. But if its all under the N****R umbrella it would be thinkable.

    N****R is smart enough at marketing that they wouldn’t F%@K with the Indy 500. Ultimately IMS would still be owned by the George/Hullman family and they can protect it. If N****R can generate interest for the rest of the series, the Indy 500 will benefit.

    Comment by Matt — October 15, 2009 @ 2:03 pm | Reply

  2. NASCAR has no interest in any other series succeeding. The GrandAm series was created for two reasons: to maintain control of the 24 Hours of Daytona and to respond to the increasing threat of the ALMS (remember, in 2000-2002 or so, the ALMS was approaching open wheel in popularity, and on a sharp upward trajectory). If NASCAR ever “purchased” or took over the IRL, the cars would never see the light of day again, the teams would all be invited to move to Charlotte and the 500 would likely be changed to a Cup format, simply giving IMS a second Cup date. The IRL should never EVER resort to any kind of an alliance with NASCAR. It’s better to pull in 2.0 ratings for the 500 and become a smaller fish in the pond of American motorsports than to be swallowed up and mothballed.

    Comment by The Speedgeek — October 15, 2009 @ 5:52 pm | Reply

  3. Oh delusion, I wish I were like you!

    Comment by SISO — October 15, 2009 @ 11:18 pm | Reply


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