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June 10, 2010

Indy Car Fans: How ISC Ruins the Month of June

Filed under: The Disciple Blogs — Disciple of INDYCAR @ 11:19 am

Father’s Day is not too far away, and traditions I began to enjoy got regularly screwed up by ISC. How?

For starters, my group managed to make every single Indy Car race ever held at Pikes Peak, perhaps the finest one mile track in the country, even the year they had two events. All were well attended and closely contested, at least in person. ESPN/ABC did their usual phone-in, uninspired coverage that made it look boring on television. ISC purchased the facility and essentially shut it down for everyone except hobby racers. All this in the faint hope they can eventually build their own track somewhere closer to Denver. End result: Screwed fans all over the Rocky Mountain West.

Then insult was added to injury. Richmond became an adopted home track thereafter, and the thrill shows Indy Car put on the first few years were outstanding. The final two were fast parades, mostly the result of micromanaged competition that snuffed the life out of what fans actually wanted to see. Richmond (ISC) management used that as the excuse not to have Indy Car back. In reality they chose to poach the long term sponsorship of the Indy Car race, then ‘re-allocate’ it to one of their Cup dates. That failed. End result: Screwed fans all over the Mid-Atlantic region.

Pikes Peak has not been replaced in any meaningful way because races west of the Mississippi are few and far between. The idiotic Baltimore street race is being positioned as the replacement for Richmond. What is wrong with attempting to just get both Pikes Peak and Richmond back on the schedule? The only significant obstacle seems to be ISC (along with the mind numbingly foolish anti-oval sentiment of the former cart contingent now influencing Indy Car).

Imagine my surprise. There is a rumor Grand Am is coming to IMS. Wouldn’t ALMS be better?

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8 Comments »

  1. If holding IRL events at those tracks was profitable for ISC, then they would do it. Face it, Tony George was paying tracks for years to hold races for his crappy series.

    Editor’s Note: Welcome back, Troy. I see neither your temperment nor your ability to think coherently has improved. More specifically, ISC never had a chance to make a profit at PPIR. The Indy Car events were profitable until ISC pulled the plug. In the case of Richmond sizeable crowds went every year and the race was also profitable for RIR/ISC. The ultimate problem involved sponsor poaching, despite weak attempts at diversion by the poachers.

    Keep up the good work.

    Comment by TroyM — June 10, 2010 @ 1:57 pm | Reply

  2. Portland Raceway would be an amazing replacement on this side of the country.

    Comment by mshedden — June 10, 2010 @ 4:33 pm | Reply

  3. When it comes to spouting incoherent nonsense to the same beat as an active volcano puts out magma, Troy is the man. He has established himself as the measuring unit for information by being the purest form of misinformation.

    Like a teenage middle school dropout with a can of spray paint, he continues to paint words of a most illogical form of graffiti.

    Pikes Peak was a very successful IndyCar event as was Richmond. They both went away from the actions of NASCAR market management, or more like mismanagement, which is clearly described in the blog. With folks like troy, it must be written in brail and branded into the skull to have a chance of being detected

    Comment by M. Miller — June 10, 2010 @ 4:47 pm | Reply

    • So why would a public company like ISC, decide not to hold a “successful” event at one of their tracks?

      Editor’s Note: I’m not sure how much slower or more deliberate we can make the explanation…in the case of Pikes Peak ISC wants a track in the Denver area and does not want any competition of any kind for hundreds of miles. Why they would not keep PPIR up and running is beyond me. They had successful Grand National events there that had comparable attendance to the Indy Car races. In the case of Richmond they wanted to poach/’reallocate’ the Indy Car title sponsor to one of their two underperforming Cup events. That did not work. In both cases there is little resembling sound business judgement by ISC.

      Comment by TroyM — June 11, 2010 @ 1:47 am | Reply

  4. At least Troy didn’t say the word ‘bootlicker.’

    Comment by Real Fan — June 10, 2010 @ 6:53 pm | Reply

  5. At least, you have to admit, Miller, there were no word or punctuation errors from our friend Troy this time. And he didn’t use the word “bootlickers” even once. That’s progress!

    Comment by DOUG — June 10, 2010 @ 7:27 pm | Reply

  6. I drive by PPIR all of the time, your right it’s still there, the garages are still there, the stands (although smaller) & press boxes are still there. As someone else said, cut the grass, turn on the water, lets go racing. I still get mad when I think about it.
    PPIR never lost money, it just didn’t make the kind of huge return that the brainiac’s from Lehman Brothers were used to with their kited real estate deals. And where is Lehman Brothers today? When CC Myers built he track, it was paid for from day one. He used it as collateral for another of his business deals, which is how Lehman got involved.
    I won’t hold the IRL completely harmless in that whole deal. Remember, the day the IRL pulled the plug on PPIR, they had SIGNED contracts with the AMA, USAC & Good Guys Car Show. Nascar was waiting to see what the ILR was going to do.
    But the Powers That Be (or the owners of certain red & white cars) wanted one of two things. A race track in Denver that they had a controlling interest in, or a street race in Denver. The NIMBY’s will make sure the first never happens, and the City Counsel will make sure the second never happens again (they’ve been burned twice, I think they have had enough). I still don’t understand why 18,000 people at a street race is a raging success, and 35,000 at an oval race is a total failure.
    And I am still not convinced that the same thing didn’t happened to Richmond. After two years of crappy racing (which was, by miracle of miracles, solved at the very next race), ISC & the IRL washed their hands of each other. And the Powers That Be got what they wanted. A street race in Baltimore.

    Comment by Chris Lukens — June 10, 2010 @ 8:18 pm | Reply

  7. Gee, Defender, I know that you often reside in a parallel universe (or is that a bizzaro world) but I always linked the month of June with great racing at Cleveland’s Burke Lakefront Airport and Portland International Raceway…I guess that I missed out on what you consider good racing at Pikes Peak (the tree huggers actually allowed ISC to build a track in their wilderness?) but I did attend Richmond in 2008 and the race was awful…that track is too small for Indy Cars and watching the wrecks and slow speeds (along with the half empty grandstands) made us realize that the series needed to discontinue this race… look, I know that you hate road and street courses but you cannot deny that the wide turns at Cleveland make for some great passing and that Portland gave us some great racing like the Father’s Day when Michael beat his old man to the line…

    Comment by Neil Rubin — June 12, 2010 @ 11:09 pm | Reply


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