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March 12, 2010

It’s About Time…Open Wheel Racing Starts This Weekend

Filed under: The Disciple Blogs — Disciple of INDYCAR @ 2:09 am

We are on the verge of the beginning of two major open wheel series. F-1 opens in Bahrain and features the return of Michael Schumacher. The IZOD Indy Car Series opens in Brazil, and good news continues to fall into place. Graham Rahal takes over for Sarah Fisher for the first two non-oval events in America, and Mario Moraes has been confirmed for the whole season (perhaps Gordon Kirby should learn to control his yap). At least four women will be competing in Indy car this year.

It is my hope that anyone who refers to him/herself as a racing fan should celebrate the sport and enjoy what we have in 2010. Real racing fans should probably no longer use the term ‘crapwagon’ even though the Dallaras are very long in the tooth. Tony George is out to pasture, so any obsession with him should be put on hold. Stop trying to get Brian Barnhart and Terry Angstadt fired. With a new CEO tuned in to a different wavelength, natural selection will help evolution occur. There are five legitimate chassis possibilities, and depending on what happens to engine specifications multiple manufacturers will also return.

Racing season is far too short to whine like children. The racing should be great this season, and new equipment is on the way. It is really easy to enjoy the weekend. So why not just do it? This weekend should be outstanding.


  1. Count me in for enjoying the weekend. Here’s hoping all cars make it through the hairpin turn after the mile long strait on the first lap at Brazil.

    Comment by Mike Miller — March 12, 2010 @ 12:53 pm | Reply

  2. New equipment has been on the way the past 5 years, seems your friend Barnhart keeps postponing the event, They have multiple Drivers, now need multiple chassis and engines, when that happens maybe some old fans will return and new fans will start attending the races.

    Comment by rosco — March 12, 2010 @ 6:48 pm | Reply

  3. Very well said and agree 100%.

    Comment by Mike Pratt — March 13, 2010 @ 2:44 am | Reply

  4. concrete ice skating…..needs more rebar chicanes.

    wooden poles galore. slick track>>>loosely applied term—>rain====>wrecks.

    Impalement should not be a word associated with racing, but i am mindY, hey.

    yellow is a color too. is it cheaper to ship wrecked tubs back on a cargo ship?

    american oval racing. versus. brazillican bikini waxers versus==>fuzzy snowscreen.

    i’ll listen on the web…..oops it’s down. guess i won’t. I’ll make a paper car and barter it for a hardcard.

    i am a fAn I aM MiNdY….hey ropin randy rescues racing…..film at 11.

    Editor’s Note: How delightful of you to join us, ‘ol 157. I’m already on record as stating temporary street circuits are abominations…twisted perversions of the purity of the sport. This Sao Paulo crap further validates my point. Sooner or later they will come to their senses.

    Comment by newsbeat — March 13, 2010 @ 6:11 pm | Reply

  5. Defender, what’s going on in Brasil? Looks like another street course disaster…perhaps moving away from these trouble plagued temp. circuits and sticking with good ovals (not dogs like Kansas and Homestead) and natural terrain road courses (yes, this includes Road America and Portland) are the way to go…

    Editor’s Note: I’m with you, although Long Beach is about the only one of those street deals with a legacy. Disagree on Kansas…that’s a regular stop on the Defender tour. Road America and Portland would both be nice additions in place of any other street parade.

    Comment by Neil Rubin — March 13, 2010 @ 8:42 pm | Reply

  6. Gotta say – that race is Brazil was quite fantastic

    Comment by Leigh O'Gorman — March 14, 2010 @ 6:42 pm | Reply

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