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January 3, 2010

Indy Car: Talent Takes a Back Seat to Stuffed Wallets

Filed under: The Disciple Blogs — Disciple of INDYCAR @ 9:52 pm

Wishes are inexpensive. Racing is usually not. Yesterday I listed some of the more popular wishes for 2010. I have been pondering a few more that could make the sport better than it is today.

It is my firm belief that drivers should get behind the wheel because they have earned the ride based solely on the sheer level of their talent. One of the most insidious paths the sport has taken is the selling of seats to those with money instead of talent. Worse, the drivers with talent but no money are left holding helmets. That is tragic. There is little wrong with a driver being aligned with a quality sponsor that puts together a decent package, but the level to which pay to play has consumed Indy Car is ludicrous.

There are plenty of viable roles for talentless drivers with adequate funding. Marty Roth, for example, could be the next Roger Penske if he set his mind to it and shelved his ego.

Also, at the risk of sounding xenophobic, owners need to take a look at American/North American talent instead of Euro formula racers every time there is an opening. Indy Car probably ought to institute a rule like the NFL has that requires teams with coaching vacancies to interview minority candidates, only in the case of Indy Car, the candidates should be American. Americans in Indy Car are as minority as one can get.

There you go…two simple ways to transform the sport into something more compelling for the average fan.

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3 Comments »

  1. I thought Tony George was going to take care of that problem back in 1996?

    Comment by TroyM — January 4, 2010 @ 3:45 pm | Reply

  2. “One of the most insidious paths the sport has taken is the selling of seats to those with money instead of talent. Worse, the drivers with talent but no money are left holding helmets. That is tragic.”

    Motorsport has always been like that, it’s a fact of (racing) life and it will never change due to the nature of the sport.

    Comment by hates crappies hates gomers — January 4, 2010 @ 5:26 pm | Reply

  3. I thought Tony was going to fix that. In 1996 we were told the IRL would be more American and the best drivers would be showcased. What happened?

    Editor’s Note: The cart owners slithered in.

    Comment by TroyM — January 4, 2010 @ 10:09 pm | Reply


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