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April 16, 2010

Grudging Respect for Indy Car’s Long Beach Event

Filed under: The Disciple Blogs — Disciple of INDYCAR @ 5:14 pm

My feelings on temporary street circuits are well known. By and large my belief is that they pervert the very essence of the sport. They are abominations that have little place on the schedule. For the most part they are merely an excuse to rob taxpayers in cities of dollars offset by the ever ambiguous ‘economic impact’ promise. The statistics are clear. Cities and their taxpayers usually get raped by these over-hyped glorified gypsy carnivals. Racing needs to occur on REAL tracks, and predominately ovals.

Jim Michaelian and his people have done a remarkable job over the years making the event a party in the truest sense of that word. It draws celebrities and lots of folks in the correct demo. If Indy Car touts itself as being diversified, Long Beach actually fits. Perhaps so does Cleveland. Maybe St. Pete. But for God’s sake let’s stop this madness before it goes too far. Baltimore has convinced itself it can become Long Beach East. I call bullsh!t. A smarter idea for Baltimore would be to go into one of the many inner city slums that are falling down, bulldoze them the rest of the way, then build a proper track that multiple series can use year round as a destination. This chasing of temporary circuits nonsense is ridiculous.

It would be nice if otherwise smart people would focus their attention on promoting, encouraging and profiting from racing on real race tracks.

In the meantime, I will plan on enjoying the very best one of the non-real-track bunch this weekend. It should be a good show (but probably a lousy ‘race’).



  1. You sir are a curmudgeon and perhaps a putz. Would you not call Monaco a race?

    Indy Cars don’t run at Monaco and my attention in May is squarely focused elsewhere. The whole F-1 thing through those streets, however, is also festive and an event with a lot of pageantry, history and typical snooty excess. I was lucky enough to actually be there one year and it is a hoot. I would never call it a race though. A fast parade with expensive cars perhaps…and that’s OK. But I remain affixed on the Long Beach fast parade this weekend.

    Comment by Pete Van der Goore — April 16, 2010 @ 6:10 pm | Reply

  2. On Trackside last night, there was a discussion about the different venues. I can’t remember who was talking at the time (may have been Brian Barnhardt) but he said “We race on ovals, we have ‘events’ on street courses.”

    Seems the series is just alright with that distinction and will be as long as the checks keep clearing.

    Comment by Jesse — April 16, 2010 @ 7:00 pm | Reply

  3. long beach east sounds awesome. Bring it!

    Comment by bobfd — April 16, 2010 @ 8:30 pm | Reply

  4. Your mention of the ‘D’ word (demo) is an interesting point. Heck, let’s just call that demo the “IZOD demo.” They have a contract for another five years following this season, and I would bet my own teeth that if you asked them which of the three (road, street, oval) they see the most value in, they would say “street,” without missing a beat.

    Race to The Party, Dude.

    Might as well lay back and enjoyed it, Defender… I don’t think you’ll be getting your wish.

    Comment by Boo Boo — April 16, 2010 @ 9:21 pm | Reply

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