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December 2, 2010

IZOD Indy Car TEAMwork. It’s a Little More Difficult Now.

Filed under: The Disciple Blogs — Disciple of INDYCAR @ 12:33 am

The IZOD IndyCar Series has revised its TEAM money parameters. To most of us it appears the modifications are designed to:

A.  Keep Milka Duno out of a cockpit.

B.  Send a message to Eric Bachelart that he should not sell his cockpits to highest bidders every race, unless perhaps he manages to get full season sponsorship from Hertz or Avis. Which might not be a bad idea.

The point Randy Bernard is trying to make goes to credibility. Most people believe Milka Duno was a regressing joke behind the wheel, and that her participation made a mockery of the series. Basically the change takes the Indy Car teat capacity from 24 to 22 cars. The only thing I worry about is maintaining a 24 car grid, which I believe should be the absolute minimum. Put me in charge and I would probably pull a Bill France (‘because I said so’) on Coyne and Bachelart, telling them Milka is no longer allowed and put ONE competent driver in the seat for the season; i.e., if you change the driver for a reason that is not very good; e.g., the highest bidder, the TEAM funding gets cut.

If I were a cart-level pessimist, I might whine that the average car count will now sink, because once you get toward the bottom of the owner barrel you have owners who would rather be handed a check than working to hustle one from a sponsor. And the new rule will STILL not prevent selling cockpits to high bidders.

Another story being floated involves a season ending double header in Vegas in 2012. One half of the doubleheader would be another goddamned street parade somewhere on the strip followed by a real race at a real race track outside town. I know how fond Randy Bernard is of Vegas in general, and a race at Bruton’s track is a swell idea. Personally I believe they ought to construct it in the same way the next Milwaukee event is unfolding, with lots and lots of support events and a nice, worthwhile weekend atmosphere. How many times will otherwise bright people make the same mistake before understanding the results won’t change? Let’s review the history of big time racing on temporary circuits in Vegas:

Formula 1: Two years on the strip. No crowds. Buh-bye.

cart: Two years on the strip. No crowds. Buh-bye.

champcar: One year off the strip. No crowds. Buh-bye.

Three strikes usually mean you’re out. Please, Randy, take the hint. If F-1 couldn’t do it, how can Indy Car? Concentrate on making an event at Bruton’s track one of the best of the year.




  1. Live by the sword (Ridebuyers) Die by the sword (No team money)… so I’m not too sorry for them. Plus, both got TEAM money for their other car.

    Comment by dylanpt24 — December 2, 2010 @ 4:37 am | Reply

  2. If the team money taken from Milka can go towards the Clauson lights effort, it’s a very good deal. In essence, it was killing two birds with one stone..

    Comment by M. Miller — December 2, 2010 @ 8:18 pm | Reply

  3. you forgot one-irl 96 to 00. at lvms. no crowds. Will these people never learn

    Editor’s Note: Grammar and punctuation are your friends. So is an ability to use your eyeballs. The Las Vegas IRL races actually drew OK crowds. I suspect this time will be better.

    Comment by jb — December 3, 2010 @ 3:44 am | Reply

  4. jb, I will speak for the 96 race. I was there. Not only were the stands packed, there was a line of traffic on the highway still waiting to get into the facility deep into the race. The race day traffic people had a piss poor execution plan that day, and it bit them. My party was smart enough to get there well ahead of time. I’m guessing 1996 was several years before your puberty surfaced, so as usual your illiterate commentary is meaningless.

    Comment by The Truth — December 3, 2010 @ 2:04 pm | Reply

  5. Dear Defender:

    While I missed out on the IRL sanctioned events at Las Vegas Speedway, which apparently were huge success stories as evidenced by the IRL’s elimination of this race from its calendar early in the decade, I attended both the Champ Car event at the oval in 2004 and the 2007 Champ Car season opener on the downtown street course…fun events but let’s face it, Vegas is a NASCAR venue and not suited for open wheel events…I hope that Ropin’ Randy can structure either the single oval finale or the rumored oval/street doubleheader in such a manner as to draw more than a few thousand of us die hard fans…Vegas is a great place to visit but neither of the Champ Car events managed to draw serious crowds…of course, I attended the ’07 Long Beach Grand Prix staged about a week after the downtown Vegas race and attendance was strong as usual…can’t say the same for the IRL opener in 2007 at Homestead which drew few fans despite heavy promotion and a pre-race concert by Australian rockers Jet…

    Comment by Neil Rubin — December 8, 2010 @ 12:21 am | Reply

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