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October 21, 2009

New Rung For The Indy Car Ladder (And Possibly A Horny Hoosier)

Filed under: The Disciple Blogs — Disciple of INDYCAR @ 1:09 am

Formula 2000 Is BackThe Indy Car Series, despite idiotic predictions of its demise by half-witted hooligans lurking on the Internet, continues to enrich itself. There is now a new run on the ladder, and it has been put there by an old face.

Dan Andersen co-founded and operated the U.S. F2000 National Championship during the 1990s, and he made a long rumored revival of that series official. His deal calls for it to be sanctioned by the Indy Racing League. The new sub-series will be operated by Dan and his brother John. Quite a few past and current Indy Car pilots matriculated through that series, and it gives many looking for rides a new point of entry at not too large a cost.

The only trepidation I have is the tendency for everyone in charge to rush headlong into non-oval racing, repeating a formula that has never actually gained a respectable foothold in this country and making chances for long term success less probable. If Indy Car is to be known for diversity, there must be more ovals than simply less than a handful as tokens.

Gap Teeth and Baby TeethSpeaking of road-racing centric entities, another rumor making the rounds today is the possibility that Lotus may re-enter motorsports, and stated the Indy Car Series is a possibility. Again, pretty great potential news.

There are also those who claim there is no such thing as bad publicity. That notion is being put to the test today; the National Enquirer is all over the affair horny Hoosier David Letterman has had with that apparently brazen hussy Burkitt gal. Their picture in front of a full house at the Indianapolis 500 is splashed on the cover of that rag. Knowing full well the average American can’t afford William Rast, much less Izod, overpriced merchandise the demo that reads the National Enquirer will spend money on racing. You see a lot of them at NASCAR events. That story could yield high mileage.

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4 Comments »

  1. I worry about the F2000, because how many junior formulas are there? If USAC, Lucas oil sprints, and WOO is included, way, way too many junior formulas! F2000 will have I think, 2 ovals. I kinda agree, F2000 should be 50-50, it would make it unique compared to other C series. However, saftey is a major issue, plus, the cars are likely too underpowered for tracks bigger than a mile. So, in a 12 race calender, the ovals would be: Loudon, Phoniex, Dover, Iowa, Richmond, Indianapolis raceway park. Road/Street, St. Pete, Barber, wakins, Infenion, Toronto, Mid-Ohio.

    Comment by dylanpt24 — October 21, 2009 @ 3:13 am | Reply

  2. I think that F2000 is a great fit for an IRL junior series. Granted, I do sort of wish that Atlantics could be brought under the unbrella to slot between F2000 and Lights, but that’s just my pie-in-the-sky thinking, anyway. F2000 offers great, close competition, at relatively bargain basement prices. Dylan’s theoretical schedule up there looks great, and it’d be perfect if we could get that, but some of those tracks are not really available. That’s a shame. Anyway, it’ll be interesting to see how F2000 pans out under a non-SCCA sanction, since I’ve never been convinced that SCCA does nobody any favors under their “Pro” division. It’s a “Club”, after all, so I’m happy to let somebody with more “pro” experience take the reins.

    Comment by The Speedgeek — October 21, 2009 @ 1:19 pm | Reply

  3. This is a more realistic ladder series than USAC for IndyCars. This is crucial because it gives drivers with aspirations of racing in the 500 a realistic place to get the experience in rear engine open wheeled machines.

    This also shows a long term plan for IndyCar development which is also a good sign.

    Comment by Mike Miller — October 21, 2009 @ 3:52 pm | Reply

  4. O.K. sticking up of the earl and picking fun at CART is one thing, but when you make fun of my boy Dave, now you’ve gone too far. Alpha males like me and Dave have urges and make mistakes, it happens, what can a feller do? Besides everyone knows that 34 is a better number that 52 (when it comes to women). On the flip side The earl finally made a good move (If it happens) by acquiring the rights to F2000, I enjoyed my time in SCCA F2000 great cars, great action, the earl could learn from it.

    Comment by Richard — October 21, 2009 @ 7:05 pm | Reply


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