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May 7, 2010

We Are Well Into May. Where Are The Indy Cars?

Filed under: The Disciple Blogs — Disciple of INDYCAR @ 12:19 am

The condensing of the month of May really irks us long time fans. It is Friday leading into the first major weekend of May, and what is on the track? Davey Hamilton taking some 80 year old woman for a 180mph ride in a two seater. Good for Davey and grandma, but where are my Indy Cars? This stunt will most certainly haunt those who made this decision. De-emphasis of Indy always does. We need Indy Cars on the track most of the month. It’s INDY!

Please let this year be an anomaly.  This is just painful. And pitiful. Instead of reading about who did what on track today and trying to take in happy hour, all we get is the predictable annual pre-500 cacophony of doom and gloom by blithering idiots hell bent on destruction whose orientation post-1979 consistently proves they never got it in the first place.

Race cars on the track would solve most of the problems.



  1. Don’t you think this has more to do with the economy then anything else?

    Comment by Matt — May 7, 2010 @ 11:33 am | Reply

  2. You think this hurts. Just ait until the fastest car on Pole day does not get the pole. Especially if rain means they qualify on Monday.

    Comment by Bob F. — May 7, 2010 @ 12:32 pm | Reply

  3. If the cars (from what I’ve heard) really don’t need that many practice days to get their set-ups anymore, than wouldn’t these days have just been so much cake decoration anyway? And although it’s strange not getting the daily Indy fix, I think it could be a more intense time at the track once it does get started.

    I’m not totally defending the new schedule, but I am certainly willing to wait and see how it all shakes out. And in the future, if the series grows and ever goes back to multiple chassis and engines and sixty or seventy qualifiers, then maybe they’ll need the whole month again.

    History shows that whenever Indianapolis or the month of May is marginalized, the series suffers and probably dies. Those in charge must learn from history.

    Comment by redd — May 7, 2010 @ 12:54 pm | Reply

    • Yeah, but don’t they typically hang some sort of dollar value on a “dollars per lap” kind of price to run these cars? Isn’t it something like $50 a lap, between fuel, tires and engine mileage? That’s a lot of dollars to be spending in a lean economy to just go out there and pound around in the same car you’ve been running there for seven years (i.e. far reduced return on investment). Running a full month would probably necessitate 2-3 extra engines and, whoops! There goes your cheaper engine lease deal that Honda brought out for this year.

      My point is that in an era where the cars are the same every year and when dollars are harder to come by, it makes sense to condense the schedule. They shouldn’t condense any further than they already have, though, and I’d definitely like to see the month open back up again once they introduce the new cars.

      Comment by The Speedgeek — May 7, 2010 @ 3:47 pm | Reply

  4. I totally agree with you Defender. Saturday May 1st should have been ROP. This Saturday, May 8th should be opening day. Pole day May 15, Bump day May 23 and Race day May 30th. The 30 days of May. If those car owners don’t like it, they can go run their own race in Michigan. We’ll see how that works out for them.

    Comment by bjh — May 7, 2010 @ 3:06 pm | Reply

    • I don’t think it was the car owners who made the decision – rather it was the people who own and run the speedway were getting tired of hiring armies of yellow shirts and then having no spectators show up to watch the goings on…Tradition is great as long as you aren’t the person having to pay for it…

      Comment by JP — May 8, 2010 @ 3:10 am | Reply

  5. If the track were open for as many days as back in the olden days then we would have several days where we would be lucky to have 5 cars on the track per day. The bigger teams might have the budget to run more laps (just what we need) but in reality with the same car spec from year to year, all the engineers need to do at those teams is consult their databases, pick the right setup for the weather and they roll off the truck fast. The smaller teams would still be limited by the amount of tires and ethanol they can afford which they can burn up in 4 practice days as easily as 12.

    What the first weekend in May needs is a race in Milwaukee. “The Race to the Party” can end in Long Beach, but then the schedule needs to string together 2 or 3 ovals and pitch them as “The Road to Indy” re-emphasizing the destination.

    Comment by JP — May 8, 2010 @ 3:06 am | Reply

  6. One would think that a hard core bootlicker like yourself Defender would know that under last year’s format, the track still wouldn’t be open. Since you have been going since 1959 and all. Pssssst, race day is in 3 weeks.

    Editor’s Note: Bootlicker? How mature. When I was growing up it was called ’30 Days in May.’ And they meant it. That is what I want. Any question?

    Comment by TroyM — May 9, 2010 @ 8:37 pm | Reply

    • Guess what, times have changed. Are you still stuck in “when I was growing up? Perhaps you need to evolve.

      Editor’s Note: My first time in the track featured a field full of front engined cars. I have been a fan ever since. I have seen and accepted more evolution than most, and was not stupid enough to support the most ill fated boycott in the history of sports. You?

      Comment by TroyM — May 10, 2010 @ 9:01 pm | Reply

  7. Troy, try practicing suicide again. You’ll eventually succeed.

    Comment by MTroy — May 10, 2010 @ 6:43 pm | Reply

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