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August 5, 2010

The Indy Car Home For Wayward Souls

Filed under: The Disciple Blogs — Disciple of INDYCAR @ 1:06 am

Indy Car has become a destination series for Formula 1 rejects, those rescued from the cart/champcar self immolation, ride buyers, three time losers banned from other series, and occasionally talented young drivers who overcome all the odds and manage to climb what ladder rungs there are. That must mean there are few diversity problems. Good, right?

Shane Hmiel aspires to drive Indy Cars. The bi-polar drug abuser who got himself banned from NASCAR is said to have cleaned up and will now try the Indy Cars. If he takes a spot Milka would normally have would that necessarily be a bad thing?

Conquest Racing stays in the series by being the Hertz of Indy Car. Would a car rental company not be the perfect sponsor for them? Mario Romancini showed lots of promise but ran out of money. Some foreign guy named Francesco Dracone has a fresh supply, so he gets to drive instead.

Lights driver Pippa Mann has a unique way to raise funds. She is selling blocks to build ‘Pippa’s Podium’ She hopes to raise over a million to buy her way in.

Would it not be a lot simpler to enhance the ladder with similar cars and tracks from top to bottom and promote from within? Hopefully that unfolds along with the new car package.



  1. I thought Tony was going to fix this? Yeah, yeah, go ahead and tell us how the CART owners slithered back in. We were told back in 2002 when several were coming back that Tony and Brian would keep them in check, and not allow them to do what they did in the past.

    What happened?

    Editor’s Note: Look, I can’t help that you kids concoct what you think you want to hear or believe you did. Tony DID ‘fix’ it for a few years. The 2001 IRL season, for example, was a thing of beauty. If you fast forward to 2010 you might notice (a) Tony is gone (b) Brian is probably next. Wouldn’t it be swell if the handful of you still immaturely screeching would finally grow up and perhaps, oh, enjoy the sport seeing as how you are so obsessed with it?

    Comment by TroyM — August 5, 2010 @ 12:47 pm | Reply

  2. ANYBODY instead of Milka Duno would be a good thing.

    Comment by DOUG — August 5, 2010 @ 3:44 pm | Reply

  3. Wasn’t 2001 the year all the IRL scrubs got waxed at Indy by the superior CART teams, in IRL equipment?

    Editor’s Note: Smart, mature people rarely make that leap…cart being dead, twice, and such. Key takeway: cart no longer exists. The IRL is in it’s fifteenth season.

    Comment by TroyM — August 5, 2010 @ 9:46 pm | Reply

    • Ah yes, the whole CART no longer exists defense. That day, the IRL was exposed for what it was…..A bunch of 2-bit hacks who couldn’t cut it in the big leagues. Keep crowing about CART dying twice, it is funny considering the man who set out to kill them off ended up costing himself a job and costing IMS hundreds of millions of dollars in the process.

      Editor’s Note: Kid, you are confusing ‘defense’ with ‘actual reality.’ The bunch of 2-bit hacks who couldn’t cut it in the big leagues race almost twenty times a season, have for the past 14 1/2, and appear to be on the way to many more. Your ‘big league’ no longer exists. Twice. As for your quaint yet obsessive Anton obsession, yes, he is gone. How many hundreds of millions is your speculation? You kids remain some of the funniest objects of ridicule anywhere.

      Comment by TroyM — August 6, 2010 @ 2:58 am | Reply

  4. If the irl is so great than why aren’t sponsors lining up, money in fist to sponsor this “great” series?

    Editor’s Note: Uh, they are. Although your colorfully simplistic description is not accurate, particularly in this economy. That said, IZOD and all sponsors of Indy Car (find them on the web page) pay great money.

    Did you ever thing that the irl just might be a tainted product that nobody has ever wanted to touch?

    Editor’s Note: Nope. Lots of people are, and many are lining up. Don’t you think it’s about time you kids grew up, accepted Indy Car, and worked in positive ways to affect its future evolution?

    Do you really think any engine manufacturers are going to want to build a stressed engine to compete against Honda, if they are they could’ve been doing so for a while now.

    Editor’s Note: They could’ve, huh? Guess we’ll have to wait a few months to find out.

    This stuff is junk and a boy racer body kit gimmick ain’t gonna change things, be prepared to wallow in obscurity as long as the IMS cancer is running the show.

    Editor’s Note: When can we expect your ilk will discontinue paying attention…you know since it’s wallowing in obscurity and all?

    Comment by Reverser of the irl — August 5, 2010 @ 11:38 pm | Reply

  5. Let me try to get away from the back-and-forth and focus on what your final question was.

    Yes, it would be. The problem is, things are never simple, despite what we would like to think. Right now, like it or not-and I don’t but I also can’t do anything about it so why complain?-racing is about who can bring money. A sad fact, but a fact nonetheless. So, what can be done about it.

    You bring up one good point. Streamline the cars and tracks-perhaps have all the “Road to Indy” series race at the same locations each event. As for the ride-buying issue, that has been part of motorsports for a very long time and it’s not a simple issue to change a culture. By the way, ride buying hasn’t been all bad. Perhaps you’ve heard of these ride-buyers: Fernando Alonso, Niki Lauda and Michael Schumacher. All multi-time Formula One World Champions, all of whom bought their way into their first F1 rides.

    There is no one solution. There need to be multiple solutions at multiple levels to address the issues facing IndyCar. The biggest problem of course is that all solutions cost money. Until more money comes into the series, there isn’t really much that can be done.

    Comment by Thesmartestguyintheroom — August 6, 2010 @ 1:53 am | Reply

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