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April 21, 2010

Fresh Batch of Questions for IZOD Indy Car and IMS

Filed under: The Disciple Blogs — Disciple of INDYCAR @ 1:35 am

The next time I talk to IZOD Indy Car/IMS folks, a few questions will probably get asked:

-If Versus is such a great partner fully committed to the growth of the series, why don’t the Lights have a place on the broadcast schedule? It is not as if Versus is loaded with ESPN-style stick n’ ball, and hockey season is about over. If the ladder is to be meaningful, the ladder MUST be on television.

-Please tell me ABC/ESPN won’t get rewarded again for the mostly abysmal job they have done for the past ten years.

-When will online video of live events be something other than a frustrating joke?

Why aren’t the Lights on the schedule for Kansas? Do they not need oval practice before Indy? I know a lot of cars got wrecked last year there. It was cold and windy that day. 50-mph gust windy. Ovals are disappearing faster for Lights than for Indy Cars. This is a dangerous precedent.

-How solid is the league’s relationship with ISC? I would hate to lose Chicagoland or Watkins Glen, and Michigan and Richmond really need to get back onto the schedule.

-Several houses on Georgetown Road have simply vanished into thin air over the past year. What is going on, and what happens to Georgetown Road?

So many questions…



  1. Keep your post. I like it

    Comment by John2010 — April 21, 2010 @ 10:03 am | Reply

  2. ISC and ABC are the same to me. They are not IndyCar friendly and it’s for the benifit of NASCAR.

    Possibly Michigan, Chicagoland, Homestead and Richmond will need to be replaced by Vegas, N.H., Charlotte, and a return to Nashiville. Pikes Peak and Darlington need to be considered too and I hope the Mile can be saved.

    The ISC ovals find themselves in a issue by over exposing their NASCAR series with two races at some tracks. Common since would have them adding an IndyCar race; it’s a different group of fans. But NASCAR is in spin control mode and they likely regard IndyCar as an advisary.

    Getting away from ABC and on to NBC needs to be worked out as well. Getting away from ISC too may be needed.

    Comment by Mr. Miller — April 21, 2010 @ 12:57 pm | Reply

    • You Tony ball washers amaze me. ABC has nothing at all to do with ISC. ISC doesn’t hold IRL events because the events do not generate a profit. ABC doesn’t make much money off of the IRL. If the IRL wasn’t such a crappy product, perhaps they would get treated better.

      Editor’s Note: You may not have heard…Tony is no longer involved with Indy Car in any meaningful way. Also, you obviously need education on the concept of professionalism. It does not matter how badly a product is perceived. If you signed a contract to be partner you need to be a partner. I am obviously wasting bandwidth attempting to explain this to you, but I remain a giver.

      Comment by TroyM — April 22, 2010 @ 1:28 am | Reply

  3. Amen on the lack of Lights at Kansas. I was all kinds of ticked off when I looked at the weekend schedule and saw that the only other series on track that weekend is the Trucks (which I will largely ignore). Last years Lights race was kind of a wreck-em-up due to the wind, but it was also a pretty fantastic race up front. I felt lucky to be one of the 15 people who got the word early enough in the day (via Pressdog’s Sunday morning post) to be able to get out there and see it. So, it’s IndyCar-only for me on Saturday this year. Oh, well. Hope all the Lights drivers feel comfy right away at Indy, right?

    Comment by The Speedgeek — April 21, 2010 @ 2:56 pm | Reply

  4. The one hope I have is that Randy Bernard hasn’t had a real chance yet to exert his influence on future schedules, tracks, TV contracts and initiatives, etc. I think he realizes that more American drivers are needed. They have an oval background and the Lights drivers would benefit from both types of tracks.

    If he is as bright as suggested, he will pick up quickly on the fact that there are two groups of fans, those favoring ovals and those road courses. A few perhaps who enjoy both. I’ll admit the folks chosen for the chassis-engine panel was not a good omen. But once he gets a taste of Kansas and Indy…..

    Comment by Bob F. — April 21, 2010 @ 5:30 pm | Reply

    • This is not meant to be a retorical question but, who would you have preferred to see on the ICONIC board, Bob F.? I’m puzzled as to why you think it is such a bad omen for the future. There are a couple of ex-F1 guys on there, and I’m guessing that you have a problem with that, but there’s also a rep for a longtime IndyCar and Lights engine builder. Who would your ICONIC board be, given full reign?

      Comment by The Speedgeek — April 21, 2010 @ 7:20 pm | Reply

  5. I can’t recall where, but I read the Indy Lights disbanded their Versus coverage volenteerly. The reason? The t.v. viewership was registering the same usage the online streaming was. That’s what I heard, and I believe it was on Pop Off Valve’s blog when he chatted with Ed Carpenter and his race director. That’s what I read anyway. Hope that helps.

    Comment by Daniel — April 22, 2010 @ 12:19 am | Reply

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