Gordon Kirby crapped out some more propaganda on his quaint little web site the other day, predictably fawning over the words of a cart-centric former F1 personality, Brian Lisles. Brian has spent a couple of decades with Newman-Haas during the cart evolutionary phase, the boycott and now the Indy Car Series.
The Cliff Notes version of the ‘points’ attempted are listed below, accompanied by practical, common sense commentary:
-Lisles seems agitated, is second guessing Indy Car direction and has thrown a controlled hissy fit Kirby happily decided to accommodate.
So what else is new with these people? Their self-interested mutiny of the sport has been attempted almost continuously since a bunch of USAC officials died in a plane crash in the late 1970s.
-The ICONIC committee was wrong. They should have chosen the Delta Wing. Costs won’t go down. They made a ‘half-hearted’ attempt.
It Did NOT Get Chosen. Move Past It.
Way to be team players, get behind the decision made by a representative cross section, and work for the betterment of the sport Brian and Gordon. Your team spirit and willingness to move forward is inspiring.
-The Delta Wing would have forced 13-year old boys to bring them to Indy Car races and the audience would have grown.
So would the IZOD girl flopping her mammary glands out on camera whenever she horns into the shots. But that is not going to happen either. So a more practical approach is to be TEAM PLAYERS.
-F1 will adapt much of the Delta Wing concept in 2013, and as a result they will grow. Indy Car blew a chance to have threatened F1 again (‘like cart did in the nineties’).
Right before they killed themselves off. Twice.
-Randy Bernard needs to hire Dan Gurney.
How old is Dan Gurney? 90? He was a childhood hero and his racing career was a big part of what made me a fan. He has given a lot to the sport. I wish he had taken a better approach. I wouldn’t worry about Randy Bernard and cart apologist hires. At the rate it is going that entire sordid gang will be back together sooner rather than later. I hope Randy Bernard gets past his own accommodating ignorance relatively quickly before he lets all the foxes back in to the hen house.
Pit action is part of the drama. There are limits to fuel capacity, and some limits should never be stretched.
-A repackaged Dallara = DP01 and will fail like the DP01 did.
The DP01 was not involved a series centered around the Indianapolis 500. When will these dumb bastards ever really get it?
-Indy car attendance and ratings suck.
Gee, there’s a shock. So what are you doing about it other than whining like the petulant, petty narcissists you are?
-Rides are sold, not earned.
That trend began in earnest during those glorious cart utopian years. Don’t blame Anton’s IRL for that crap.
-If it weren’t for the owners there would not be a series.
There it is. I wondered how long it would take for that arrogance to slither in.
-The only way for Indy Car to survive is to market as the US version of F1.
Yeah…that’ll work. Road racing with a bunch of foreign no-names. Let’s just forget about all those pesky ovals, shall we? It has always worked in the past, right?
-And now the punch line: Gordon Kirby thinks of Lisles as an optimist.
Everyone gets old (if we’re lucky) and occasionally we turn senile.
Even funnier are some of the idiot fans who offer equally insane supportive commentary:
-ICONIC clearly decided to go with the short term local benefits of a tax break from the Indiana Governor and getting a score of workers for a Dallara facility.
How in the world is building a factory and other adjacent businesses, hiring local people to build cars in America, and locating right next to the greatest race course in the world ‘short term?’
-American open wheel racing will rue the day it turned its back on Plan Delta.
I guess that’s a chance we’ll have to take. More mature approach: Get behind the selection that WAS made and work in positive ways to move the sport forward.
-TGBB and the Marion County Mafia got their way, to the detriment of the sport.
cart apologist playbook fundamentals:
-Insult those in charge. All are incompetent.
-Think of clever names to call anyone associated with Indy Car and use them often.
-Constantly be on the defensive
-Always position Indy Car as destroyers of the sport instead of looking in a mirror.
Primary takeaway: I am well aware the boycott is over. Great. ‘Unification.’
Do not EVER trust ANYONE ever deeply associated with cart. You WILL end up with a knife in your back. This gets proven regularly.