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January 2, 2010

Indy Car 2010: What Are Your Wishes?

Filed under: The Disciple Blogs — Disciple of INDYCAR @ 11:38 pm

Here is a wish that 2010 will bring health and happiness to all! My first uttering of the new year would not be complete without the ten items on a 2010 Izod Indy Car Series wish list, in no particular order:

  1. That Tony George (or someone who possesses his passion for continuously improving the centerpiece of the sport) puts politics on a back burner and gets to work enhancing the Indy Car Series, positioning it for the type of growth it deserves.
  2. That Jeff Belskus or someone else in charge grows enough of a pair to put, then keep, the former cart/champcar owners in their place instead of dropping dungarees, bending over, then grabbing both cheeks and spreading. Those bastards are up to no good again, and I do not want them to kill a series for a third time. Indianapolis is the spiritual and tangible center of the sport, and it must be emphasized, not de-emphasized. Not starting May until the 15th is a cave in to their attempt to minimize the importance of the Indy 500, and someone needs to put a boot on top of their heads and keep them in their places.
  3. Restore a second weekend of time trials (even if it’s only three days) but get rid of the bump day every day gimmick. Allow cars on the track for more days of the month. Get Honda and Firestone to provide more tires and engines or engine life and give the fans and the city a fuller month.
  4. Fast track new equipment. Now.
  5. Get behind meaningful innovation that allows wider participation for less money.
  6. Have a credible team announce a full season deal for Ryan Hunter-Reay. A possible part time schedule for the IZOD poster boy is embarrassing.
  7. Stop canning oval venues. NASCAR makes it work every week. There is no reason why the Indy Car Series can’t. The racing is faster and can be a lot more exciting when those who manipulate the rules loosen the wads in their panties.
  8. That somewhere, the next incarnation of a Bob Collins emerges. Journalistic integrity, interesting writing and original storylines that do not carry agendas have all been forgotten by virtually every single stooge with access to print media for at least twenty years.
  9. That Versus and DirecTV resolve their carriage problems so that fans no longer get screwed. Here is also hoping Versus keeps expanding the number of households carrying the channel, and that the Comcast/NBC deal opens up many new distribution possibilities.
  10. That the boisterous group of cart apologists who have made asses of themselves for fifteen years will finally grow up and do something positive for a sport they say they like. If they dislike Indy Car, why do they obsess about it a decade and a half later? There is no room in mature society for that type of hypocrisy.

Happy New Year!



  1. Lets see,
    First, Delta Wing! Hope it works out, and doesn’t turn into IndyCoT. If it works, it may be a great way to re-energize the series.
    Second, better tracks. Road America, Road Atlanta, Sebring, Cleveland on the Road/Street side, Oval side, Loudon, Phoniex, MIS, Lowes,
    Third, more winners!
    Fourth, Vs. back on Direct TV!

    Comment by Dylan — January 3, 2010 @ 2:08 am | Reply

  2. My wishes for 2010?
    – Tony Cotman becomes IndyCar chief steward.
    – Robin Miller retires [healthy but goes away regardless].
    – Danica Patrick wins another race to quiet all her critics.
    – Newman Haas Lanigan returns to greatness as part of a reborn “Big 3”.
    – Versus gets back on DirecTV because none of the NFL fans will ever drop their NFL Sunday Ticket in favor of IndyCar or anything else for that matter!

    Comment by James — January 3, 2010 @ 3:44 am | Reply

  3. As to your #2, how do you know the car owners are behind the move to shorten the month of May? IMS is probably losing money on the track being open extra days. Besides, after the 1st weekend of qualifications, they only run 5 of the next 13 days. Why should the teams have to stay in Indy and have so much down time?

    Editor’s Note: Puh-lease. You are not THAT naive are you?

    Comment by TroyM — January 7, 2010 @ 12:01 am | Reply

    • Try answering the question. Naive? About what? IMS losing money when only you and a few other hard-core bootlickers are roaming the garage area with your bronze badges trying to get a picture with Tony George? Or about the car owners having a say so in the decision to cut the month of May shorter. Also, under the schedule of last year, why is it necessary to spend so much time in May when there are so many off days sprinkled in? If they aren’t going to run those days, why bother being there that long. Makes sense to condense the schedule.

      Editor’s Note:
      1. IMS is not, I repeat NOT, losing any money.
      2. What is a ‘bootlicker?’
      3. You bet your cart loving arse the former cart owners are behind the shortening of the month.
      4. I firmly believe the track should be open most days in May, and practice should be allowed each and every one. No long gaps.
      5. Schedule condensing in May is a violation of tradition. Some people will never understand the ramifications that result.

      Comment by TroyM — January 7, 2010 @ 3:19 am | Reply

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