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March 28, 2010

God Hates IZOD Indy Car Street Events

Filed under: The Disciple Blogs — Disciple of INDYCAR @ 11:39 pm

There is something about the karma of trying to ‘race’ on city streets. It rarely works, and generally it is asking for trouble. St. Pete could be good. It is a nice location and when the weather is good it is really good…but when you have torrential rain and lightning that just screws everything up the ripple effect is devastating.

They are scheduled to try again at 10am Monday morning. When everyone is at work. On ESPN2. In a year when they look at these ratings, no one will remember the event was postponed a day. They will just look at lousy ratings and talk about how bad things are. Thank goodness for DVRs. This is the same type of karma that will screw up the half-a-month of May at Indy.

Maybe the current lack of respect Indy Car has on television is a good thing when it has keystone cops kind of days. NASCAR, golf and some other things were also rained out, and those events are what fans heard about being cancelled (even on SportsCenter, the broadcast ‘partner’ of Indy Car…no mention of Indy Cars at all). Maybe it’s good because the road to the Final Four in college basketball is very compelling this year, especially for basketball fans in Indiana. Perhaps it will give the folks who try to stream practice, qualifying and live timing and scoring on the web time to actually get something to stream.

Hey, an IRL-friendly representative has been asked to join Randy Bernard’s committee. If Eddie Gossage joins that will be a very positive step. Gil deFerren’s selection is also very non-controversial.

I wish the cars were on the track. I fell asleep for F-1 and cannot find a rebroadcast schedule.



  1. As a new IndyCar fan I am upset it was canceled but am really looking forward to racing tomorrow on ESPN360 (you should post that) and more street races. Don’t know but I love em.

    Comment by mshedden — March 29, 2010 @ 12:26 am | Reply

  2. Oh heck, here comes the hate….
    You know there are those who will stand outside in the pouring rain and fight mother nature.

    Comment by tim nothhelfer — March 29, 2010 @ 9:16 am | Reply

  3. Suck it, haters! I am fortunate enough to be able to tune in to ESPN2 at work. This is a good race and the weather is fine.

    Comment by olvidado — March 29, 2010 @ 3:52 pm | Reply

  4. NEW STAR: Will Power. Great name, Great Guy, Great driver.

    Another exciting race for a street event. Impressive crowd for a Monday..

    Comment by Mike Miller — March 29, 2010 @ 4:54 pm | Reply

  5. Watched the parade here at work for about 1/2 hour on the IRL website. Believe I saw one car pass in that whole time.

    Gee, I wonder if the pole-sitter stayed in front of the parade and won the race?

    Comment by Bob F. — March 29, 2010 @ 5:39 pm | Reply

    • If there was no passing being shown, that’s on ABC. I was watching the T&S screen, and was riveted. People were moving up and down all day. The last 10 laps might have been a little dull at the front (though there was still movement with Dario making 3-4 passes right near the end), but that doesn’t mean that it was a dull race.

      Comment by The Speedgeek — March 29, 2010 @ 7:05 pm | Reply

    • Exactly what race were you watching? Seemed to me be filled with passing all over the field

      Comment by Leigh O'Gorman — March 29, 2010 @ 9:47 pm | Reply

    • Fans like you would bitch if you got hung with a new rope, there was more passing today than in any other IRL event in St Pete.

      Guess you would say the same thing about the F1 race also this weekend.

      Comment by Rosco — March 29, 2010 @ 11:09 pm | Reply

  6. BobF,
    Nice try but the race was exciting and had plenty of passing.
    Great crowd good track new record for lead changes. With street races in the front we have 5 different teams represented in the top five and that will hold as we do more of them. Overall this is looking like a great direction to take the series Randy!

    Comment by mike — March 29, 2010 @ 7:47 pm | Reply

  7. Don’t really see that St. Pete being a street race has anything to do with it. Cup, IRL, and NHRA were all cancelled. It is true that street courses often don’t drain as well as a track like Watkins Glen, but in this case it made no difference at all. Nobody raced yesterday once the deluge began. It was impossible.

    Comment by Boo Boo — March 29, 2010 @ 11:02 pm | Reply

  8. That headline is by far the most ignorant thing you’ve written, Defender. And that’s saying something.

    Comment by Thesmartestguyintheroom — March 30, 2010 @ 12:31 am | Reply

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