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February 26, 2010

Indy Car-Lots of Sponsors on Board, and cart Remains Dead.

Filed under: The Disciple Blogs — Disciple of INDYCAR @ 1:02 am

There are two things I wish would happen today:

That tobacco companies could market/align themselves with racing series and/or teams. The way in which their participation has been legislated to an end is creepy. The government needs to let people decide for themselves. Most people know smoking can kill you and most have quit. People who have not know and accept the risks whenever they light up. Besides with non-smoking folks living longer there should be a way to keep population under control. Food is next, folks. Gulp down come greasy cheeseburgers while you still can.

That those who have access to column space would stop framing every single perception around ‘the split.’ One writer who is particularly

The cart series, Post-split

good at that form of not letting it go is Anthony Schoettle of the Indiana Business Journal. His recent piece quotes figures produced by a Chicago-based sports analysis firm that are so far from reality that I am surprised he did not use his brain to question them.

Many are making a big deal about the perception that Marlboro is leaving Team Penske. Marlboro the brand is, but their parent company continues to be involved. Oddly, that does not get reported.

Whenever such pointless recycling occurs by writers all anyone has to do is reality check the big picture. Indy Car continues in business and has an impressive spurt of sponsor growth at the league level, not to mention a long term television deal that is about to get better. cart remains deceased. NASCAR is no longer the 800 pound gorilla but they still lumber about with around 600 or so.

The IZOD Indy Car folks have been testing at Barber and Sebring, and that is a sure sign we are about to get underway. Once we get Graham Rahal and Tomas Scheckter (and a few others) behind wheels, all will be great.


  1. Penske knew this when he added a THIRD CAR. Enough said. It means very little to nothing about the change in colors, but some are trying to create a story from it. HOWEVER there is a story: their effort at ignorance when it comes to the facts.

    Yes, it appears these clowns sensationlize to give them some glory in blogland.

    To think that they had a scoop before Penske is retarded.

    Comment by Mike Miller — February 26, 2010 @ 2:28 am | Reply

  2. If those numbers are so far from reality, then why don’t you tell us the real numbers?

    Editor’s Note: Great idea. Perhaps one day I will.

    Comment by TroyM — February 26, 2010 @ 3:51 am | Reply

  3. Speaking of Graham, it looks as if the Coyne seat in the Boy Scouts of America car is still open. Graham should take it.

    And Troy, Look forward to seeing you at Indy this year. Come to the Camp and Brew in the Coke lot. We can argue live and in person.. It’ll be a hoot!!!!

    Comment by Mike Miller — February 26, 2010 @ 9:03 pm | Reply

  4. The federal and state government foots the bill for many of the exorbitant health care costs that smoking creates. That is why the tobacco industry’s advertising methods are Uncle Sam’s business.

    I don’t like it either, but I’m just saying there is some justification for it.

    Comment by DemondSanders — February 27, 2010 @ 3:00 am | Reply

  5. One thing for sure, we will not see a red car win the majority of the races this year.

    Comment by rosco — February 27, 2010 @ 5:05 am | Reply

  6. you can still smoke in 49 states.

    Comment by pr0n watcher — February 28, 2010 @ 4:14 pm | Reply

  7. Were any of the smokers attracted to new brands or bought more cigarettes because of advertising?
    I think advertising was to attract new smokers, and most of the people I know picked up the habit at a young age (well before 18).
    As far as Phillip Morris total non-activation of it’s sponsorship……well there were the hat and junk giveaways……
    But the money was GREAT!

    Comment by tim nothhelfer — March 1, 2010 @ 1:31 am | Reply

  8. New member

    Comment by handzsmbolz — May 27, 2010 @ 3:28 pm | Reply

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