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January 29, 2010

R.I.P. Vision Racing

Filed under: The Disciple Blogs — Disciple of INDYCAR @ 1:25 am

Anton shut down Vision Racing yesterday, marking his definitive exit from all things Indy Car. If I was either a gleefully stupid fringe cart lunatic stuck in the early 90s or classless enough to be a Tony hater, this would probably make me happy. In reality it is pretty sad. My first thoughts are with the employees who no longer have jobs. In the grand scheme, racing teams come and racing teams go. It’s evolution.

He WAS Indy

Tony leaving will not prevent the sun from rising tomorrow morning. It will not mean the Indy Car Series is doomed. It will not mean much of anything in the short term other than rampant speculation about car counts. As a big picture guy I am more concerned about what will happen in the next five to ten years for Indy Car senior citizens. A.J. Foyt is one of those. So is Roger Penske. And Carl Haas. Larry is no A.J. Jay is no Roger.

Sooner or later Indy Car must stand on its own as a profitable standalone enterprise. My firm belief is the snake oil carnival known as temporary circuit racing should be outlawed. There are good road courses not being used. Even the lakefront airport in Cleveland is marginally better than city streets. It is also my belief the series needs to have more ovals than non-ovals.

Top-Mario Andretti; Bottom-Tony George

I am pessimistic about the notion of tradition as a guide toward the future. On the other hand, new blood means new opportunity. In my mind there are two choices:

  1. A fresh, new Indy Car that is operated and marketed differently than any other flavor by an outsider not affilitated with either side of the so-called ‘split.’
  2. A regression backward to the same path of inevitable destruction followed by the now defunct cart and champcar series.

If you really care about the long term future of the sport you will actively work toward the first choice. If you are a backward facing Neanderthal like Mario Andretti who twists history to fit your prejudice, perhaps you will try something positive for a change in a few years before you die off.

At some point down the road, I also hope Tony returns in some capacity. He gets it. Those who succeed him may not.

January 28, 2010

Things Jeff Belskus Can Learn From Tony (Stewart)

Filed under: The Disciple Blogs — Disciple of INDYCAR @ 11:17 am

Officially or unofficially there may well be a search in progress for a new IZOD Indy Car Series CEO. The guy who leads the Professional Bull Riders Association, Randy Bernard, says he has an offer. Many think he would be a good choice, thinking along the lines of if the guy can make Bull Riding more popular he can do the same for Indy Car. He is 42 but the Indy Star says his resume says he built it up starting 25 years ago. When he was 17 years old? Perhaps he was 27 and began 15 years ago. Due diligence will provide the answer.

Whether he is a fit or not remains to be seen. My biggest worry is the move away from someone guided by the spirit and tradition of Indianapolis and Indy Car racing. If I were Jeff Belskus, I would study what Tony Stewart has done with Eldora Speedway. After Earl Baltes built the place from nothing in 1954, it became one of the best known and loved dirt tracks in the country. Earl eventually got old and despite his continuous passion and tenacity, those types of tracks became less popular and many like it closed.

Baltes struck a deal with Tony Stewart about five years ago to take it over. That turned out to be the wisest sale possible. Baltes’ legacy remained and Tony Stewart, who has always loved the track and respects its spirit and tradition, has made it better every year he has owned it. Recently, Tony purchased the slightly used jumbotron screens from the old Texas Stadium to use at Eldora.

THAT is the type of passion and commitment that is needed by both owners and management of Indy Car. Can a guy associated with bulls for 15 or 25 years pull it off, or do we call bullsh!t? We shall see.

January 27, 2010

Indy Car Conscience: Temporary Street Circuits are BAD

Filed under: The Disciple Blogs — Disciple of INDYCAR @ 11:14 am

It is my sincere hope that whoever gets hired in any executive position at IMS/IRL takes a good hard look at history and attempts to learn from it. If not, today’s Indy Car is headed for the same type of death suffered by cart and its successor champcar organization.

The new CEO has already proven tradition can a back seat to a more efficiently desired cash grab, and his brutal evisceration of the sacred month of May will no doubt haunt him. The owners who ruined both cart and champcar are now making critical calls in Indy Car.

That Didn't Last Long

Tony Cotman, who is revered by many foxes in the hen house (Robin Miller all but kneels in front him, usually with his hands cradling Tony’s buttocks) will still be Chief Steward for Indy Lights, but is also a consultant to design race tracks. Not ovals. Mostly just idiotic temporary street circuits. I get the bendover for Brazil…but don’t they have REAL race courses in that country?

Suggestion for IZOD - Baltimore Steet Course Shirt

IZOD Suggestion-Baltimore Street Course Shirt

Word is Baltimore is next to get some turds shellacked. I sincerely hope the government of that fine city is bright enough to get on the horn with other governmental entities in cities like Denver or San Jose to discuss the pointless money drain those types of events are. Unfortunately, the river of abject bullsh!t hype to which Baltimore will be subjected may negatively affect their ability to apply logic and common sense. After it is all said and done, assuming they pull it off, the negative Indy Car sentiment will do more harm than good.

I have a hope that someone who owns quality oval tracks (Bruton Smith) will get involved in some way with Indy Car. The scales have tipped entirely too far toward those with solid experience in series annihilation. Temporary circuits are an abomination. Fans want REAL tracks. I prefer mostly ovals. Not 1/3 ovals, 1/3 road courses and 1/3 street courses. That is not balanced. That is 2/3 non-oval.

Original point: Whoever Belskus hires should possess a respect for tradition that will help prevent the sport from being dismantled again by arrogance and greed.

January 26, 2010

IZOD Indy Car – Who Would Make a Good CEO?

Filed under: The Disciple Blogs — Disciple of INDYCAR @ 11:58 am

Anton told them to cram it, although in a nicer way.

The CEO of IMS, Jeff Belskus, wears many hats. He thinks too many. As a result, there are reports he is seeking a new CEO for the IZOD Indy Car Series. The names being bantered are interesting, and include:

-Randy Bernard, CEO of Professional Bull Riders.

-Mark Miles, president and CEO of Central Indiana Corporate Partnerships and chairman of the 2012 Super Bowl committee.

-Zak Brown, founder and CEO of Just Marketing Inc.

Of the three, Randy Bernard seems to be held in the highest regard by those in sports. He made bull riding significantly more popular than it was. That is great experience.

Whoever is chosen MUST respect history and tradition. He/she should keep a lid on cockamamie ideas by car owners. The recent evisceration of the sacred month of May, for example, should NEVER be allowed to stick.

This form of evolution should be interesting to watch.

January 25, 2010

ESPN: Still A Lousy Partner; John Oreovicz: Impaired Revisionist

Filed under: The Disciple Blogs — Disciple of INDYCAR @ 12:08 am

The departure from the motor sports scene of Tony George should be great news for those who despise him. Unfortunately the small but loud insolent clowns who steadfastly refuse to accept actual reality prove to this day that assumption is not the case. You need look no further for proof than the recycled, twisted dead horse whacking crapped out by one of ESPN’s ‘finest,’ John Oreovicz.

http://sports.espn.go.com/rpm/racing/indycar/columns/story?columnist=oreovicz_john&id=4849355

“No matter how true the statement actually is, Tony George will go down in history as the man who effectively destroyed Indy-car racing.”

John Oreovicz

How is it pundits like Oreovicz, who ordinarily seem somewhat bright, manage to trot out sentiments so dishonest, lazy and unoriginal with such amazing frequency? What, exactly, is the point? With each passing year it becomes easier to understand how those foolish enough to make such observations are genuinely among the most myopically retarded individuals on earth. These people, most of whom have no actual experience of any Indy Car racing prior to the inception of cart, honestly believe it really is as simple as ‘Tony George started the IRL therefore any problem, real or perceived, is his ‘fault.’ That is astounding.

If we are fortunate enough to get history written by those who are actually objective, it will explain:

-Tony George started the Indy Racing League as a complementary series to cart (not a competitor), stressing oval racing and providing a viable pathway and alternative for home grown talent (like Jeff Gordon) to pursue big time racing other than NASCAR.

-There was not much sinister ‘vision,’ just a desire to make the sport more accessible to those being increasingly shut out.

-Tony George made one mistake he admits was ill begotten, which was the 25/8 rule. Even that was not made until cart needlessly backed him into a corner. It lasted all of one year, and had cart not been so utterly stupid they STILL could have squished the infant IRL like a bug.

-Tony George is not AT ALL responsible for any real or perceived malaise in the sport for a variety of reasons.

-cart owner collective arrogance and ego led them to the one act that DID actually fracture the sport; the OTO US 500 (featuring the first lap crash fest with all the ‘stars n’ cars’) on the same day as the Indianapolis 500. Roger Penske later admitted that was the worst mistake of his professional career. Those of us who understand and respect the integrity of the sport who were in attendance at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway that May day in 1996 alternated between laughter and contempt for the REAL cause of a ‘split.’ It was on that day I vowed to see cart dead and buried.

-Tony George only made made one generously interpreted comment in fifteen years regarding taking a hammer to work, and that one comment along with 25/8 are used as the foundation for one of the most misguided assessments of blame in the entire written history of sports. Other than that, Tony’s mouth stayed shut. Tightly. For years.

-Compare that to hysterically bleating boycotters who waged an officially sponsored negative propaganda campaign that made contentious political campaigns look tame every day, nonstop and relentlessly, for nearly fifteen years. These people did ALL the trash talking. Now huffy revisionists like Oreovicz think Tony should apologize!? That is neither sane nor rational.

-If cart was the all powerful, cash-rich entity its supporters insist it was, how on earth could they have possibly gone bankrupt, not once but twice? Tony George had nothing at all to do with the failed management of that organization, just as he has nothing to do with the failing ALMS series or any of the many others that have failed over the past twenty years. Indy Car, contrary to dishonest perception being attempted, is alive and well.

Alive and Well And Still turning Wheels

-How could Tony George be perceived as a bumbling, mumbling idiot (and get called a variety of vulgar, sophomoric names continuously in the process) while simultaneously being blamed as some mastermind of cart destruction?

Given the lack of ethics, honesty and originality of motorsports writers in general these days, led by the disheveled, axe-grinding and oft-fired Robin Miller, an objective accounting of actual reality is not likely in our lifetime. Hell most of the writers were employed by cart or its successor organization at one time. I am personally sick and tired of gutless cowards revising history to fit their own hateful prejudice. Miller is the master and actually has the experience to know better. It is a shame people like Oreovicz are such gullible understudies.

This piece, however, deals directly with dung being flung by Oreovicz: “Since George inherited leadership of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in 1989 at the age of 29, Indy-car racing went from being a successful sport on the rise to a struggling, directionless entity, dwarfed in this country by stock car racing and virtually invisible in the overall sports spectrum. Even the Indianapolis 500, the powerful trump card that George used in an attempt to gain overall control of Indy-style racing, is a shadow of its former self, a poor second cousin to NASCAR’s Daytona 500 in terms of impact and prestige.”

The Still Deceased cart Series

These types of paragraphs make the case that these people are the dumbest on the planet very easy to make. Imbeciles have a tendency to think with their prejudices instead of their brains. cart was swell while it lasted and very fun to watch, but what these people believe they saw has taken on such an inflated afterlife (the result of heaping helpings of nonsense) that no series will ever match the fantasy they have created for themselves. They forget facts that include:

-The Indianapolis 500 is the number ONE top sporting event in terms of the dollar impact on their areas every single year. They generate more than ANY NASCAR event (100 million more than Daytona) and more than ANY Super Bowl.

-The Indianapolis 500 draws more people into that one stadium every single year than any other single day sporting event on earth.

-The Indianapolis 500 earns higher television ratings than any non-NASCAR racing event. Yes, they have slipped. So has virtually everything else.

-NASCAR had already surpassed Indy Car by the early 1990s. The same sort of stagnancy and evolution away from ovals had begun in earnest.

Probably the single most clueless point these people try cramming down others’ throats is that the 500 is a ‘shadow of its former self.’ That only works for those who have created the aforementioned cart fantasy that is bigger in revisionist memories than it was in real life.

“Which means that George’s decision in 1994 to create the Indy Racing League as a competing alternative to the existing cart IndyCar World Series could not have come at a worse time.” The ONLY problem, John, is that the IRL was NOT created as a ‘competing alternative.’ That point could not have been made more clearly at the time. It only became a ‘competing alternative’ in the twisted, arrogant minds of cart-centric crybabies who were, and are today, completely mistaken. Revisionist history will simply not stand.

“The formation of the IRL, which began staging races in 1996, sparked a 13-year battle for control of Indy-car racing and ultimately led to a mass exodus by fans, sponsors and manufacturers. NASCAR’s impressive growth in that period almost exactly coincided with Indy car’s decline.” There did not have to be a ‘battle’ and the exodus that occurred over time was not much of one. That perception is 100% the fault of cart and its apologists. So is ALL of the scorched earth associated with their ‘battle.’

“While the Brickyard has been a big money-maker for the Speedway, the other key changes during the Tony George era required huge expenditures — especially the formation and running of the IRL. It was that massive drain on the Hulman family trust — estimated at upward of half a billion dollars — that ultimately led his mother and three sisters (who make up two-thirds of the Hulman & Co. board) to orchestrate his ouster.” That one always makes me laugh too. The figure tossed out by those who really have no clue is $600,000,000.00. That is also insane. Want to be a real reporter? Go get me some actual numbers. Trying to pass off speculation as fact without any real source is dishonest.

“I strongly believe that Indy-car racing’s former fans — and there are millions of them — aren’t going to embrace the IRL until the man who created it accepts some responsibility for the detrimental actions he forced upon the sport they love.” I disagree. If there are people who actually think that way I do not want them anywhere near my favorite sport because they are a toxic cancer. They have no place or business near it. Stay away. That includes any hypocrite who has spent fifteen years screaming loudly about how badly they hate it but continue a daily obsession with it.

“And all of Izod’s millions of dollars of marketing clout won’t achieve anything until George breaks his silence to apologize for his role in putting Indy-car racing in the downtrodden position it occupies.” If I were Tony George it would be at this point that I would request that you, and anyone displaying such lack of class and sportsmanship, simply kiss my ass. But he won’t. He is above the type of poor sportsmanship and dishonesty you condone. Oh, and IZOD is actually promoting the series and paying handsomely for it. National spots in both football conference championship games were spun this past weekend. There is also a long term, forward-thinking television/multimedia deal that is earning the more efficiently operated series tens of millions more. Yeah, that is certainly downtrodden. When will Oreovicz and his ilk at least begin being honest with themselves, much less those who read their words?

If I was Oreovicz or any of the other agenda riddled whiners with access to column space, I would focus on the future. Most of the cart-era owners are long in the tooth and are closer to retirement or death than is comfortable to ponder. Who will replace them? The cigars Carl Haas sticks in his mouth are bigger around than he is. Will we ever really be able to cultivate superstars that are not Danica-like anomalies? Jimmie Johnson is the next Rick Mears, but he races in NASCAR. How can Indy Racing cultivate its own, particularly given the ride-buying musical chairs that happens annually? In other words, writers, pay attention to things that are actually important.

“The Tony George era may be gone. But it certainly won’t be forgotten by anyone who cares about Indy-car racing.” As a real racing fan who has been watching since the late 1950s, my thought is that the IRL era has been a compelling and interesting part of Indy Car evolution, just as cart was. Those who still waste their time bitching about Tony George are pretty distant from even fundamental understanding of either the sport or sportsmanship. Tony George is neither a hero nor a villain. He was a caretaker, and a fine one at that. Those who owe apologies to the rest of the sport are those associated with cart who sought, for no good reason, to destroy it.

January 22, 2010

Tony George and the People Lovingly Obsessed With Him

Filed under: The Disciple Blogs — Disciple of INDYCAR @ 12:49 pm

Knows EVERYTHING About Every Hulman-George Business Interest

We all should have known that when the resignation of Tony George from all things Hulman went down all varieties of gutter slime with opinions would surface. I made the mistake of surfing various popular racing forums and the Anton resignation was the biggest topic on most. Given the lowest common denominator, National Enquirer-like dumbed-down mentality of most of the population, especially uneducated fools with Internet access, the topic choice is unsurprising.

Particularly amusing are conspiracy theories that have resulted. Is it any wonder this country is in the sh!tter? A mind is a terrible thing to waste, but the USA is a landfill. The only things more humorous are the Anton-hating sentiments of cart-centric Canadians. My guess is that Anton, if he ever gets wind of the semi-literate cackling, will simply laugh. After all, why should he care about what keyboard jockies have to say? He’s in Austria skiing with peers. I have not been skiing in Austria yet, but I have in Switzerland and doing that has a tendency to make you forget unimportant things such as what idiots on the Internet feel and type about you.

As a matter of fact, maybe it is a good time to go skiing before racing season. Before you know it we will be deluged with Daytona propaganda for two months. Even that will be more palatable than reading the lunacy of all the Anton experts out there, most of whom seem to know every little financial detail of a closely held private company.

Seriously…it is among the funniest free content available anywhere.

January 21, 2010

Let’s Finish What Anton Started: Gentlemen, Start Your Bulldozers

Filed under: The Disciple Blogs — Disciple of INDYCAR @ 12:47 pm

Jeff Belskus and crew want to enhance the profitability of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. For decades of control within the Hulman lineage, the track has built itself into something world class and legendary. Government subsidies of any kind have also been eschewed by IMS. Neighborhoods in what was once rural Indiana have also been built. Unfortunately, many owners of property in surrounding areas do not have the same sense of pride IMS does. Several once pristine neighborhoods have become slums, ghettos or barrios. Urban decay around the track is deplorable.

It is my belief that in order to enhance the value of IMS the surrounding environs must be gentrified. The Defender Plan suggests that Eminent Domain be exercised in the following areas signified by red ovals:

The Defender Plan

Sieze the land, pay the owners to leave (there are plenty of other unmaintained crapholes in which they can live within Indianapolis), then fire up the bulldozers. You will rid the area of eyesores, crime, and people who could just care less about the maintenance of their properties. The intersection of 30th Street and Georgetown Road is a perfect example of why such action is warranted.

When IMS attracts a crowd from all over the world and they see what lies just outside the track, it is utterly embarrassing. The town of Speedway has embarked on their own gentrification program. I believe such sprucing up should extend all the way around the track. The newly flattened areas then open up possibilities for a wide variety of urban redevelopment. It would be possible to make IMS a year round destination resort. Let’s make this happen. The riff-raff needs to go. To those who will accuse me of any sort of insensitivity or worse, I suggest you walk through any of these highlighted neighborhoods alone. Preferably after dark.

January 20, 2010

Tony George: ‘I Quit.’ But Why?

Filed under: The Disciple Blogs — Disciple of INDYCAR @ 1:20 pm

Yesterday Tony George quietly resigned his board positions from every single Hulman-George family business interest. Why he did that is certainly his own business, and perhaps one day he will issue a statement about it. What followed his action is some of the most entertaining, knee-jerk commentary ever read, not only from barely literate, mostly hostile Internet squatters but also columnists scrambling to figure out why they had little to no inkling this would happen and got scooped by an IMS press release.

Speculation runs the gamut. The most clueless and often vulgar begin with an idiotic premise that Tony George was singlehandedly ‘responsible’ for the ‘destruction’ of open wheel racing, and that this latest milestone is his just reward. Most people who share that opinion are relatively far from any coherent understanding about how the sport has evolved and know little about sportsmanship.

Others speculate he is flat broke. That type of speculation also gets formulated out of thin air. It is funny that pundits who have zero access to Hulman-George private company financial data are certain the Indy Car Series has lost $600,000,000.00 in its lifetime. Or that Tony and crew lost hundreds of millions to Bernie Madoff.

In some ways it is easy to hypothesize. The tone of the language Mari Hulman-George used in the press release could, with certain interpretation, position Tony as a petulant child who decided to take his ball and go home. That fits nicely with conspiracy theories foisted by imbecilic cart apologists who have taunted similar sentiments for fifteen years in far less colorful and literate terms.

Still others position the female members of the family as dysfunctional, out of touch, icy, socialite, vindictive bitches who care only about maintaining regular visits to the spa and cashing big checks three times a year. Those quaint ruminations also make me laugh, primarily because those making them know nothing about any member of that family, most of whom give away more to charitable organizations than those who speculate make in a lifetime. Then there are the ‘one of Mari’s grandchildren was drunk in a bar spilling his guts the other night’ fantasies. Most everyone sticking their noses and yaps into Hulman-George family business probably ought to at least attempt to get some kind of life.

Another popular supposition positions Tony as angry at current leadership for dismantling tradition. That is near my biggest worry. The folks who own the Hulman-George companies including IMS know that assets are first and foremost business entities that must be profitable. What appears to be losing steam with the family and leadership is the notion that tradition must be upheld at IMS, and that loving, passionate caretaking of the place should be the main goal. What made IMS great and special during the Hulman era, and later under Tony George, is the tenet that you needed to make the facility and the experience better the following year than it was the previous year.

Many understand the need for more accountable organizational structure. One criticism of the George-led companies over the years involves the ‘aw shucks/good ‘ol boy’ way in which they claim it was run. It appears Belskus (and crew) is changing internal culture dramatically. Is that bad? Of course not.  It happens in business every day. There is a certain amount of fear, however. If those who run the IMS portion of the business become too clinical about it, the place becomes something ordinary, like any run of the mill ISC track.

Some speculate Tony is upset with the evisceration of the month of May by Belskus. Legitimate? Definitely. There MUST be two weekends of qualifying and more on track activity in May. If the month is sliced to appease owners with self serving intentions then it appears current leadership has no problem with trampling any tradition. Whoever runs the joint must have the passion, patience and constitution to do it. History and tradition must be respected and honored. The leader has to ‘get it.’ Belskus and crew do not appear to ‘get it.’ Of all the rampant speculation, the ‘Tony-is-angry-about-May’ theory has some merit where I am concerned.

In the end, I am left with a few emotions. Sadness, because Tony did great things at IMS while in charge. It is more magnificent today than ever before. Anger because there still exist mentally deranged (meant in the most insulting way possible) dolts who created a big problem for themselves then blamed Tony George for it. There is anticipation because still another theory has Tony making a comeback with partners to take over the Indy Car Series. This one features interesting subplots as well, including rumors of a battle over a new car. Whether that is anything more than wishful thought remains to be seen.

Only one this is certain. This is the most engaging silly season in the history of the sport.

January 18, 2010

IZOD Indy Car: Taking The Good With The Bad

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

Why would IZOD spend millions of dollars on sponsorship, brand activation and merchandising in the Indy Car Series only to run one themed spot that has become more annoying than fingernails on a chalkboard?

Message to IZOD: CHANGE THE COPY! I could tolerate ‘Everything’s going to be alright’ the first few thousand times, but enough is enough. The Indy Car portrayed has a butt ugly paint job, the actors are far too hip for the audience, and Indy Car racing is merely window dressing.

Don’t get me wrong…the fact that advertising is occurring across a wide swath of channels in a variety of programming is absolutely great. But CHANGE THE COPY! It is easier than ever for people to tune out commercials from a technical standpoint. Why not try to achieve something that grabs folks’ attention?

I really don’t think I can go through another entire season of one really annoying spot playing over and over and over and over again. How hard is it to grasp the concept of multiple pieces of continuity?

January 15, 2010

33 Is Just A Number. Also an IQ.

Filed under: The Disciple Blogs — Disciple of INDYCAR @ 1:13 pm

It is time to acknowledge the single most ignorant group of people on the entire planet. They always pop up around this time of year, and in recent years their shrill yelping has begun as early as November. This group of colossally impaired supposedly human mutants are those who wonder aloud whether the Indianapolis 500 will have enough entries to fill the field of 33.

Anyone with sense has to wonder how, after so many years of failed prediction and chicken little posturing, someone could still be stupid enough to even ask the question.

I get the fact there still exist a handful of violently bitter ex-cart fans who refuse to let it go and move forward with their lives. Fine. You liked one of the many evolutionary niches and decided to stop the needle there. Whatever. When will even a hint of maturity creep into your lives?

Why would such ‘people’ who continuously foist such doom and gloom and ask really idiotic questions even care? It happens every year, and every year this fringe group of lunatics looks even more foolish than they did the year before.

Speaking of the good old days, I received a Facebook suggestion thingy from a fellow racing fan about becoming a fan of bringing Indy Cars back to Pocono. From the standpoint of someone who loves ovals, especially unique ones, I would dearly love to see it. It is in a desirable geographic location and has a rich history. The tri-oval configuration with different banking for each that it features is unmatched anywhere. Unfortunately, I do not believe it will happen as long as the place is owned by the Mattioli family. The pavement is the worst of any major track, the barriers are substandard, and while the track is said to have been actually designed for Indy Cars, they were certainly not capable of today’s speeds safely.

It would take millions of dollars to bring it up to necessary standards. The Mattiolis seem to be the kind of people so tight they could swallow coal then crap out diamonds. Besides, they still have two Cup dates. Until recently that constituted two fully engorged teats from which to suckle, and although that particular lactation has sort of dried up it seems the Mattioli bunch continues to have a bitter taste in their mouth from their old Indy Car days…you know the halcyon period of utopia the idiots who keep wondering whether Indy will draw 33 claim was the highest point the sport ever reached.

The bottom line advice is not to get all moist thinking about Pocono because it won’t happen. There are, however, plenty of great ovals not being used by Indy Cars that should be.

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