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June 3, 2010

Good News: New Indy Car Engines. Bad News: Where They Might Run.

Filed under: The Disciple Blogs — Disciple of INDYCAR @ 11:26 am

The prudent thing to do now is to await announcements regarding oval tracks at Loudon, Milwaukee and Las Vegas in order to attain that 50% balance the new CEO has stated as a goal. The ICONIC committee’s first recommendation has been made, and on the surface it sounds good. Multiple engine types for 2012 with a maximum of 6 cylinders and 2.4 liters. The only thing that bothers me in the press release is use of the word ‘equivalency.’ It is never equal, and trying to get there inevitably results in the homogenized vanilla we have today. Let’s hope they keep it loose enough to remain compelling.

As expected, the Indy Car Series shoved another idiotic gypsy carnival down the throats of its fans. Next August, in the heat of the summer, parts of downtown Baltimore will be cut off for a month as big dreamers with visions of Long Beach in their heads attempt to turn grimy city streets into a race track as tax-paying citizens get fleeced with some vague promise of ‘economic impact.’

This event is said to be the Richmond replacement. After RIR tried unsuccessfully to poach the Indy Car race sponsor for NASCAR, that track took a sleazeball approach and blamed lack of passing for the failure of Indy Car to return. If lack of passing is the issue, a street race in Baltimore is not going to solve the problem.

The vast majority of these glorified Ponzi schemes end up failing after one or two attempts. If anyone took a hard look at the books, none of them make any money for anyone. Baltimore is a great opportunity that is geographically correct. Why they refuse to build a real track is baffling. Investing in a fast parade is equivalent to flushing money down the commode. Street ‘racing’ is an abomination. It would be nice if the leadership of the series put as much effort into making ovals an entertainment destination as they do with street carnivals. Streets are not Indy Car racing. They are a twisted perversion of Indy Car racing.

We are waiting patiently for the oval announcements. Thank God we still have Texas.


  1. For the sake of keeping that balance, it would be a good move on the part of IndyCar to show some movement on the oval front. Get WDW back!!

    Comment by M. Miller — June 3, 2010 @ 11:59 am | Reply

  2. Great. Just what we need. Another temporary, no-passing course, as Defender put it, on some grimy city streets. That’ll REALLY wow race fans.

    Comment by DOUG — June 3, 2010 @ 2:55 pm | Reply

  3. Wah, wah, wah, Doug and Defender. You are certainly entitled to your opinions, but when you portray them as facts, you are wrong. If you don’t like what IndyCar is right now, don’t watch. Simple as that. Even people like you should be able to understand that.

    Comment by Thesmartestguyintheroom — June 4, 2010 @ 1:41 am | Reply

  4. Oh, I’ll watch–it’s just that I agree with the need to have ovals. How is it that my “facts” are wrong? I’m not simple, I just see the need for a variety of tracks. Just where did you get the moniker “Thesmarkestguyinthe room” anywhow? Kinda presumptuous, don’t you think?

    Comment by DOUG — June 4, 2010 @ 9:06 pm | Reply

  5. Oval racing IS American racing. Road/street courses are ok in small doses, like in NASCAR, but Indycar needs to get the point where more people are in the seats on ovals. Indycar is much more exciting to watch on ovals than Nascar, but IZOD, Randy Bernard, and Indycar have a lot of mending to do to bring back fans from pre-1996.

    Comment by Robert Brown — June 7, 2010 @ 1:00 am | Reply

  6. Yes more ovals would help. Best news is about different engines. Those of you who
    never heard the 4 cyl Offy or the 12 Cyl Novi dont know what we are missing.
    Perhaps they will look alike, but they all do not have to sound alike. How about a Diesel

    50 Yrs of at Indy Rich

    Comment by Richard Pearsall — June 20, 2010 @ 12:53 am | Reply

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