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June 11, 2010

Randy Bernard: Indy Car Food For Thought

Filed under: The Disciple Blogs — Disciple of INDYCAR @ 1:21 pm

The only way the $20 million dollar ‘double’ makes sense for Indy Car is under the following conditions:

-Do NOT run both races on the same day. The Indianapolis 500 is the rightful owner of Memorial Day weekend. It should be considered the marquee event. It should be held on Sunday. Jacking around with start times is window dressing. It will not help Indy Car popularity in any measurable way.

-The World 600, itself hatched as competition to Indy in a genital waving contest NASCAR started, should hold their event on Saturday night. If it gets rained out, hold it Sunday night. NASCAR needs to show a little respect to the one event that gave the entire sport legitimacy.

Randy Bernard has some good ideas, but what I am hearing about this one benefits primarily only NASCAR. That is not acceptable. The ONLY way Indy Car should agree to participate is if NASCAR agrees to move the 600 to a time before the 500 is run.

Getting in bed with NASCAR to try and increase Indy Car popularity is fraught with peril. I do not believe they are true friends. Indy Car should steer clear unless the Indianapolis 500 is the finale. Period.



  1. I like the idea either way. But I’d prefer to see the Nascar race on Saturday night, so the big suspense would take place at the 500 on Sunday. I also think, besides the 20 million for a winner that they need a lesser prize or two to encourage participation. Like 5 mil. for anyone who finishes in the top 5 in each race or something like that.

    I also think they’d have to tweak schedules to allow drivers a warm-up race, sorta like Andretti at Kansas this year.

    Comment by redd — June 11, 2010 @ 2:14 pm | Reply

  2. The idea makes sense in a civil world, but that’s not what we have. NASCAR is not going to play, at least not fair. ‘Cooperation’, when it comes to other racing organizations, is not in their vocabulary. It’s their lack of comradary with other organizations in the sport that has built them up. PPIR is one example.

    They answered the question: How low can you go? And the went there. Now that the hypnotist has snapped his fingers, people are waking up and walking away. NASCAR is not about to work together with IndyCar, only do what the can to kill it.

    You must create a package that will lure drivers to race the I500 and other IndyCar races that’s totally inert from NASCAR events.

    Comment by M. Miller — June 11, 2010 @ 4:52 pm | Reply

  3. I don’t see how it benefits NASCAR in any way shape or form. This benefits Indycar only which is why it probably won’t happen.

    The fan’s focus will be on the first race in Indy. They will be watching to see if a cabbie can pull it out. When that doesn’t happen (inevitably) there will be reason (other than the usual lame ones) to watch the second race in Charlotte. Thus, Indy gets the boost, not Charlotte..

    Comment by Demond Sanders — June 11, 2010 @ 10:39 pm | Reply

  4. Funny how the IRL has adopted the ‘push to pass’ option which was pioneered by the hated ‘Champ Car’ series…I liked the idea of 50 extra HP on road/street courses but I doubt the option has any real effect on ovals…how about the league consider standing starts on the road/street courses to prevent Penske and Ganassi from jumping the starts as they usually do…

    Comment by Neil Rubin — June 12, 2010 @ 11:22 pm | Reply

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