We are one race into the season, and still three more to go before we hit the first oval track. That is just wrong, particularly since three of the first four are idiotic street course abominations. The new IRL CEO has been talking a lot, and some of the things he has to say are potentially troubling; e.g., these nuggets shared with the St. Petersburg Times: ‘I’m not convinced that sanction agreements are always in the best interest of the league and I would like to see possibly co-promotions and I’d like to see possibly the bottom two events dropped every year so that we continue to make sure that we are bringing better value every single year to our fans…I’m sure promoters are not going to like to hear that, but those are the types of things that are very important to me.’ Hey, as long as the words do not translate into dumping more ovals for more non-ovals, especially God damned street parades, it might be OK.
NASCAR’s dwindling popularity (they did not even sell out Bristol) and Jimmie Johnson winning everything in sight provides additional opportunity for IZOD Indy Car. If I were them I would begin pulling two-Cup-date venues back to one a year. They need to readjust supply and demand.
Indy Racing then needs to get Michigan back on the schedule next year. The rhetoric of the past few years in which each entity blames the other should be shelved. Get it done. Re-institute some sort of ‘triple crown’ for big bucks.
Why Speed TV, NASCAR’s primary 24-7 broadcast wing, employs Robin Miller is debatable. Whenever he is on, especially when he is substituting for Dave Despain, he makes the entire channel look and sound like local cable access. His interview with Randy Bernard was filled with typical snide commentary; e.g., ‘…ask him how he’s going to right the sinking ship’ or ‘…go back to the way it used to be.’ Bernard let it be known that he is going to form a committee of seven to help him make decisions on future direction. The seven will include an owner representative.
Management by committee is always fraught with peril, especially when arrogant, self serving bastards are allowed into the decision making process. I sincerely hope Randy Bernard studies history. The most successful auto racing entities over time are those run by benevolent dictators. He needs to look no further than F-1 or NASCAR. The last thing we need is another spec road racing series that dumps all ovals except Indy. I like to be optimistic, but it appears as though Bernard’s brain has already been infested.