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November 19, 2010

Firestone Indy Lights News Schedule. Is That It?

Filed under: The Disciple Blogs — Disciple of INDYCAR @ 5:02 pm

The Firestone Indy Lights 2011 schedule was released this week. Color me underwhelmed. Although there are more ovals than non-ovals, there are only twelve events. There really ought to be at least as many races as the IZOD IndyCar Series, and ideally all rungs of the Indy Car ladder should run together on all race weekends.

It is pretty cool they are going to Quebec (Trois Rivieres), but how much is that going to cost? Twelve events does not really cut it.

If I were IMS, I might investigate picking up some cheap race tracks at asset sales. The Dover Downs folks just shuttered Gateway, and although its location and physical plant leave a LOT to be desired, the geographic region around St. Louis is largely unexploited. That could be a great Indy Car destination along with a place for all the ladders.

Even better, IMHO, is Memphis Motorsports Park, also now largely shut. It has a neat oval that is akin to Iowa or Richmond. After Indy Car fans got screwed out of that small oval, another one in what is also a desirable geographic area could be had for peanuts. As a matter of fact, there is an auction (Morris Auction Group) on December 14 to try and move the property. There is also a nice drag strip there.

I know cash flow is a challenge these days, but these are two fairly good racing facilities in the middle of the country. Someone with vision needs to make it work, and include Indy Cars.

Blogs may be scarce next week. Yours truly will be skiing Aspen as well as various Summit County resorts out West. My access to the Web will be intentionally limited! Have good holidays.



  1. hey defender…i like to ski too. i used to go to steamboat springs alot but my favorite place out there is vail. but not so much vail as beaver creek. i used to stay at gerald fords place on the slope. he would support indycar because he was a michigan guy to the core. with penske and gm coming back i wish gerald ford could come back too. we need the support, for sure. we love the beaver. for some adult refreshment there is no finer an establishment than beaver liquors. get a shirt when you go so the world knows that you love beaver liquors.
    now when i go out west i always ski at squaw valley. nothing like hitting tahoe and getting your gamble on! you know it too! one time i got to the very top of squaw and a blinding snowstorm hit us and shut down the mountain. we drank it out for two days at the top of that mountain. when it was all over, they took our skis from us and carried us down the mountain because we were too drunk. we would have sonny bonoed a tree for sure. anyway, we got out of there and went over to heavenly valley to ski. they dont care if your too drunk except you don’t want to go black diamond because you’ll be a diamond in the rough. believe it! when we were done we stayed at the compound where they filmed the godfather. they since tore it down but it was cool sleeping in the same room al pacino did his dirty business in. believe it! i felt like i was tony george as the godfather and i was gonna take the sisters out for a boat ride on the lake. hello fredo corleone…heyoooo! you know it! then i’d come back in and grow my vision… the empire known as indycar and nobody would question me…nobody! Not even my mom! those coppolas are good people by the way. i kinda dig sofia. there’s something very euro sexy about that chick. plus she’s uber rich. we need her on the irl indy 500 celebrity guest list next year. you know, one of those celebrities that once it’s explained to you who they are then you know who they are and that you want their autograph, and you can tell other people all about them when you see them on a pace car in the 500 festival parade. well have a good time skiing. break a leg!

    Editor’s Note to Self: Continue to gather data for cartourettes study.

    Comment by Billy Kidd — November 19, 2010 @ 6:24 pm | Reply

  2. 5 streets, 1 road… Feh!

    Comment by Boo Boo — November 19, 2010 @ 9:02 pm | Reply

  3. Agree on midway – suggested before to another friend/blogger that IMS should buy and relocate pit lane and main grandstand to north east side of track as to overlook Downtown St Louis (not the Landfill). IndyCar, IndyLights and Usac plus a smattering of latemodels would keep the oval busy and the drag strip was always relatively more successful to begin with…

    Comment by JP — November 19, 2010 @ 9:09 pm | Reply

  4. You suggesting someone buy race tracks for these slugs to race at? Brilliant plan that is. Imagine the crowds piling in to watch them. You’d be able to count em up on one hand. well worth the investment, I’d say.

    Editor’s Note to Self: cartourettes research notes…subjects often display hypocrisy, claiming no interest but commenting obsessively nearly every day.

    Comment by J.B. — November 20, 2010 @ 12:16 am | Reply

  5. why don’t they just race everywhere the Indycars do?

    on the other hand, if the car count isn’t up over the end of last season, it doesn’t really matter how many they have.

    Comment by redd — November 20, 2010 @ 1:42 am | Reply

  6. I like the idea of the IMS picking up a couple of small ovals. I really thought the Orlando Track was nice. As far as St.Louis goes, you might find this story (link below) interesting.


    As far as “slugs” are concerned, you need look no further than the Forsythe Brain rot syndrom patients which frequent this site.

    Comment by M. Miller — November 22, 2010 @ 2:42 pm | Reply

    • I take it that you’ve never seen these slugs race? I had the misfortune, the description is apt.

      Editor’s Note: Helpful suggestion for all cart-centric idiots still obsessing about all things IndyCar…stop being hypocrites. If you don’t like what you see, don’t watch. Simple.

      Comment by jb — November 22, 2010 @ 5:56 pm | Reply

  7. I hope you get the chance to ski A-Basin and Loveland. They, along with Monarch and Ski Cooper ( Tennessee ridge ), are my favorite small Colorado ski areas.

    Comment by Chris Lukens — November 24, 2010 @ 6:48 pm | Reply

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