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August 26, 2010

Indy Car Owners: Repeating Mistakes But Hoping For Different Results

Filed under: The Disciple Blogs — Disciple of INDYCAR @ 1:07 pm

Robin Miller, the oft-fired and controversy seeking gadfly motorsports writer now firing barbs at speedtv.com, has offered a humorous look at the latest counterproductive hi-jinks of some of the most narcissistic people on earth, most Indy Car owners.


Evidently all but A.J. and Gil de Ferran got together at Sonoma (fittingly, wine country, or ‘whine’ as the case may be) to express their angst. Randy Bernard took the correct approach, essentially saying owners have had the chance to be heard throughout the ICONIC process. The owners appear to be miffed because they are not actually running the series.

Frankly, do you want them to? Look what they did to cart. Twice. Bad karma follows people like Kevin Kalkhoven and Jimmy Vasser around like a plague. They can’t even get through a weekend without wrecking race cars.

Here is what we know for sure:

-Costs for owners in 2012 will be markedly less than they are today. Guaranteed.

-The option for creative development exists for those so inclined.

-Owners are likely to have multiple engine choices.

-They are getting their precious turbochargers back, something they have bitched about since they slithered back.

Perhaps this is just a test of the mettle of Randy Bernard. If so I hope he turns out a little like Big Bill France in the 50s. Don’t like the rules? Leave. Enforced with firearms if necessary.

The last thing the sport needs is anything even remotely resembling an owner revolt. I suggest Bernard squish this little uprising quickly and with repercussion to anyone who chooses to remain contrary. These arrogant bastards have had more than enough chances to be heard. You do not wait until the process is complete then raise your concerns. That is just bush league. Owners need to get with the program and shut the hell up for three years. They have already proven twice they are unable to govern themselves. Let someone who knows what he is doing lead the way for a change.



  1. If you have a chassis from last year, you’re not buying a new one this year or next year. If that’s the case then two years from now, you’ll have to spend more then you did the two previous years. Yes the cars are going to be less expensive, but buying a new car and engine all at once is going to be big hit. However, Penske and Cindric are the only ones I feel have any right to go out and make this complaint given that they were suggesting it was going to be a problem months ago. Everyone else seemed to want to shove the delta wing down our throat.

    Comment by The American Mutt — August 26, 2010 @ 1:31 pm | Reply

  2. If the owners do decide to revolt you can forget about randy’s mettle. His strength is nil because he requires the support of the Hulman family to have his way.

    I assure you that they will not take additional financial risk to fight this one out.

    Comment by Scott — August 26, 2010 @ 1:59 pm | Reply

  3. I really think this article is more about Robin fanning the flames than anying else. Sure there’s some questions being asked and some are voicing concern, but Robin is being Robin,, he needs hits.

    Randy Benard says that the ship has sailed. AJ Foyt is the voice of reason in this SPEED article. Don’t repeat the CART mistake. Move forward and leave the bad stuff behind.

    Comment by M. Miller — August 26, 2010 @ 2:18 pm | Reply

  4. They won’t split over this, because honestly there’s nothing left to split. The teams need Indy, but Indy needs to the teams. So if the teams stay united, the series is kinda screwed. But, I’m pretty sure this is just posturing, and hopefully in the end everything goes on as planned.

    Comment by dylanpt24 — August 26, 2010 @ 3:25 pm | Reply

  5. Wouldn’t the owners–especially P&G–have had to purchase a new chassis or two by 2012 anyway–an “old” Dallara that supposedly would cost more than the new car? I think they’re trying to delay the new car one year. And they’re also putting the heat on Cotman and Dallara to keep replacement part costs down.

    And they’re testing Randy Bernard, aren’t they, like–in public?

    Comment by redd — August 26, 2010 @ 3:25 pm | Reply

  6. AAAAHHHHHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!! I don’t need to say a thing other than this $HIT is hilarious!

    Editor’s Note: Thanks to all of you who comment who regularly make an effort to contribute something worthwhile. It puts into perspective occasional feces tossing by children.

    Comment by Offender — August 26, 2010 @ 6:51 pm | Reply

  7. “They are getting their precious turbochargers back, something they have bitched about since they slithered back.”

    Who are the “they” you are referring to?

    Editor’s Note: Team owners who boycotted the Indianapolis 500 then tried unsuccessfully to make a go of it on their own but failed. Twice.

    Comment by Gary — August 26, 2010 @ 8:28 pm | Reply

  8. The thing of it is, they’re airing legitimate grievances, and I tend to think had anybody other than Miller wrote the article it wouldn’t have come across the way it did. The other problem is anyone who at any time came out in support of the delta wing, now complaining, and all I have to say to that is stfu already. It sounds entirely too much like “I’m gonna take my ball and go home” mentality.

    Comment by The American Mutt — August 27, 2010 @ 12:09 am | Reply

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