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June 24, 2010

Indy Car is Probably Stronger Because It Has Some Obsessed Supporters

Filed under: The Disciple Blogs — Disciple of INDYCAR @ 10:26 am

The Indy Car obsessed idiot brigade usually reaches their feverish hysterical screeching crescendo during May, the month of the Indianapolis 500. That is the month they trip over themselves to portend doom for Indy Car. You know who they are. They are the Phelps-family-at-military-funerals types stuck in 1995 who prefer no one supports Indy Car.

Many figured their drone would subside after Tony George left, but we were wrong. Their obsession with Indy Car has become downright comical. Here are their latest post-May tin foil hat conspiracies:

Fired Up: Holmatro may end their sponsorship of the safety team after the Simona deal at Texas.

Izod A. Disenchanted with Indy Car and that’s why they won’t sponsor Ryan Hunter-Reay.

Izod B. The title sponsorship is loaded with out clauses that will soon be exercised.

Izod C. Indy Car has pitched title sponsorship to two other companies.

Penske the Pauper: Two unsponsored cars (simplistic conclusion reached because the sidepods say ‘Team Penske.’)

House of Cards: The ‘unsponsored’ status of most of the grid means most won’t make it.

Hertz: Most of the grid is there because drivers bought their rides.

The Indy 500 is Dead A.: If any seats are empty, it must be a failure.

The Indy 500 is Dead B.: The television numbers went down.

The Iowa Corn Indy 250 is Dead: Even though all the tickets got sold there were a few empty seats.

Versus is Dead A.: A new network will soon make Versus irrelevant.

Versus is Dead B: Comcast taking over NBC won’t matter. Indy Cars would have to buy time. Affiliates don’t want Indy car.

I knew my readership needed a comic relief from all the serious news covered by this blog.

One reason this sport remains as fun is because many of most intense followers are mentally challenged who consistently say things that reinforce their stereotype. Then there are gadflies like me…

The important thing is that Indy Car has millions of fans who follow the series. Some closer than others. Those in offices at 16th and Georgetown like all of them, because they all cause money to be spent. Personally, I believe the Indy Car Series has a few more years to go despite ‘earth is coming to an end’ sign wavers. God love ’em.

My biggest WTF question is why there is no Indy race this weekend. There is not much domestically going on.



  1. It seems like there are a lot of people out there who want Indycar to fail. And many of Indycar’s biggest supporters do nothing but criticize everything they do. But I actually think they’re doing well.

    The oval/twisty championships make the series unique. I think some street races are good because of the new fans they could attract–people who might never attend a normal race might go just to see the circus. I think the new engine specs will allow for better road racing and allow competition. Who knows what the chassis will be, but I’m prepared to support whatever they come up with and hope that it’s more than one. The “road to Indy” is starting to develop a little bit and we’re seeing more cars/sponsors on the starting grid. I like a bunch of the drivers–especially DiSilvestro, Tagliani, RHR, Willpower and Kanaan. Going back to New Hampshire is a great idea–and there’s rumors of returning to some other ovals. I think Randy Bernard is walking a tightrope, but doing it very well.

    Is there room for improvement and growth and is there a need for more sponsors and money and American drivers and a need for better ratings? Of course. But I think all that will come eventually. Maybe I see things thru rose-colored glasses, but I’m hoping for the best for the series because I’m a fan.

    Comment by redd — June 24, 2010 @ 2:11 pm | Reply

  2. Redd hits it right on the head. He is absolutely correct in what he wrote.

    Obsession is a great scent to wear, but not a good way for anyone to act.

    Comment by Edward — June 24, 2010 @ 2:58 pm | Reply

  3. It seems such a waste of time for people to spend so much energy on something they want to fail father than spending that energy and time on something they support.

    For the first time,since I can remember, under Randy, IndyCar (CART years included) is taking a proactive and noncomplacent approach.

    This really has to do with a clean slate on the part of the new CEO and a since of motivation seemingly inert to polictical pull, whilst being inclusive to all sides that were once the split.

    It’s actually an exciting time in history because I think a major rebuild is in process that will give us plenty of racing enjoyment for the future. I just wish some would come along and stop being so hard headed.

    Comment by M. Miller — June 24, 2010 @ 3:03 pm | Reply

  4. Those same people wanting a failure just can’t keep from posting how bad the last race was, how the hell would they know when they don’t watch any open wheel racing in America, I believe they all have their direct TV receiver’s set on record, the entire series. I waiting for the new Turbocharge engines, then we will hear how bad they sound from the ever so faithfully TV fans, as long as they keep bitching we know they are watching, they are sort of like the retarded in the 50’s, they are closet fans, don’t want to be seen at a race track for fear that someone will post their picture on the internet attending a Indy Car Race.

    Comment by rosco — June 24, 2010 @ 5:27 pm | Reply

  5. Will Indy car racing die, prosper, or tread water? Only time will tell. We are at the mercy of those leading the brand now. We can only hope they make the right decisions (just as we had to hope that Tony George made the right decisions previously).

    The one thing we have going for us is a small but very passionate fan base. That we often disagree on what will make Indy Car prosper does not change that.

    The national economy is bad and likely about to get a lot worse. All sports will be affected, and auto racing the most because of the need of sponsors. Even if those in charge are doing the right things, it may get worse before it gets better. Patience is a virtue.

    WhatI don’t believe in is blind optimism or blind pessimism. Baby steps. Keep moving forward in the right direction and we will get there. Which brings me back to my first paragraph.

    Comment by Bob F. — June 24, 2010 @ 6:16 pm | Reply

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