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March 8, 2010

Open Wheel Racing Season Is Almost Here!

Filed under: The Disciple Blogs — Disciple of INDYCAR @ 3:41 am

One week to go until the first race of the 2010 IZOD Indy Car season. Unfortunately the majority of us can’t really afford time off, airfare, lodging, etc., to attend a street race in Brazil. That’s OK. Given the number of Brazilians in the series and the rabid fans in that part of the world they should have one. We wish it was going to be run on an actual race track, but at least we won’t have problems with American municipalities when this one fails in a sea of red ink somewhere down the road.

It is not my intent to be cynical, but history is a really good guide. Just as it will be in May when the one qualification weekend allotted is rained out. I hope the new leadership of the IZOD Indy Car Series either comes up with a fan-friendly contingency plan or talks IMS leadership into starting the month of May earlier in May. The compressed schedule they intend to use leaves no time for the probability of rain, which is quite likely given recent history. This is something those of us who have gone more than forty times know all too well.

We still have a couple of months to worry about that. In the meantime, the Indy Cars roll in a week, and so does Formula 1. Meantime we are sort of with stuck with NASCAR, who played to a sparse crowd in Atlanta Sunday. The lowlight was Carl Edwards, 150 (literally) laps down tracking down and then attempting to kill Brad Keselowski at 180 mph and possibly whatever fans may have been hit by a flying car. He got parked and his attendance was requested in the trailer. What will be interesting is to see what disciplinary action NASCAR takes.

Racing season has nearly started in earnest, and this rabid fan can hardly wait.

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5 Comments »

  1. edwards = idiot.

    I’m not as concerned about the new schedule. It will rain, but unless it’s a deluge, it seems like they could work around it. I guess we’ll see…

    Comment by redd — March 8, 2010 @ 3:28 pm | Reply

  2. At the time of the accident, Juan Montoya was looking to take the lead and win the race. That little stunt kept Montoya from victory lane. Then on the restart, a bunch of cars ganged up to hang Juan out to dry but Montoya still held his own.

    Sometimes I just wonder if Juan Pablo Montoya is purposely being held down. Remember the Brickyard last summer?

    Comment by Mike Miller — March 8, 2010 @ 8:05 pm | Reply

  3. Defender,

    Serious question…

    Why is the entire “Month of May” still so important for you in a spec-series?

    I understood the rational behind the “Month of May” concept years ago when it actually mattered and made a difference to the racing…..but now it has no use (other than for the sake of “tradition”)

    Years and years ago in the days before and during the Foyt and Mario eras people used to show up and race all kinds of different cars…..so having the entire month of May was great and made sense in the context of the rules. Drivers/teams had to test the new cars they brought and make all kinds of radical changes.

    Even during the late 80’s and early 90’s when you had 4 or 5 Chassis, 3 or 4 Engines, and 2 Tires……it still made sense to have the entire month of May available…..as again it inspired innovation and technical competition among the manufacturers to see who ultimately could develop the best car by the end of the month.

    However in today’s IRL we are stuck with a spec series with not much wiggle room in the terms of rules? What does giving the teams an entire month accomplish, other than costing a lot of money?

    The current Dallara has been developed just about as much as it can be and giving the teams an entire month doesn’t do very much……other than give Penske and Ganassi the chance to outspend everybody to gain a couple of tenths per lap.

    I understand and appreciate the tradition behind the “Month of May”, but tradition should only matter when it serves a purpose and right now there is no purpose or logical explanation behind giving teams 30 days to work on a spec car.

    If in 2012 or 2013 the series opens back up to multiple chassis and multiple engines……then absolutely the “Month of May” should be restored to it’s full length.

    Editor’s Note: Great points/observations on the spec car angle; to me it is all about tradition. Also, testing in general is minimal during the season. I do not really mind some contraction, but I strongly believe if two qualifying weekends are not planned, mother nature will screw with it big time.

    Comment by Serg — March 8, 2010 @ 10:51 pm | Reply

  4. Look here, Defender, I appreciate your passion and your hosting this blog even though I sometimes tire of your anti-CART bias…but we are open wheel fans and we need to focus on the positive…however, I must join your anger and consternation with respect to the IRL starting this season on foreign soil in Brasil…today we enjoyed 70 degree weather with light winds in Miami and the season should start here like both the IRL and CART had it scheduled in the past (assuming that the league keeps our poorly attended round here at Homestead for the future)…instead of having the race run in ideal conditions, once again the Homestead round is at the end of the schedule when we are at the height of hurricane season and the average temperature is 90 degrees with 100% humidity…no wonder last year’s finale, a great OVAL race run without cautions, attracted about 20 thousand…contrast that crowd with the about 80 thousand who showed up to watch the predictable NASCAR finale about a month later…and while I am at it, where is the outrage against David Letterman…a web search indicates that this philandering fool earns upwards of $20 Million per year at CBS and he can’t round up a few million to promote the team that bears his name? Shame on David Letterman for letting Graham sit on the sideline (and perhaps move to tin tops) while his father watches helplessly…

    Editor’s Note: Rumor has it that his daddy and David are going to step up after Brazil with ‘help’ from Ganassi. That would probably be good.

    Comment by Neil Rubin — March 8, 2010 @ 11:07 pm | Reply

  5. Why I think we need to keep two weekends of qualifying! It gives people the time to make deals that otherwise may never happen. One of my great memories of IMS is Rich Vogler walking down pit lane, helmet in hand, Sunday afternoon, looking for a owner that would put him in a car for a qualifying run. And he usually put it in the show.
    Rich was one of the reasons the IRL was formed, sadly he never had a chance to be a part of it.

    Comment by Chris Lukens — March 9, 2010 @ 9:30 pm | Reply


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