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January 5, 2011

The State of the IZOD IndyCar Series in the New Decade

Filed under: The Disciple Blogs — Disciple of INDYCAR @ 12:01 am

Randy Bernard is scheduled to give what should be a very meaningful ‘state of the series’ address in a few days. In it, he is expected to lay out how things have gone the past year, and where we are headed. There are a few obvious expectations:

-Address the saber rattling by Firestone that they might leave when their contract is up (my personal opinion is that they would be completely foolish to do that). If they do, there are plenty of other companies. Firestone leaving is not without precedent. They have a history of coming and going. It might be refreshing to see Goodyear back at the Brickyard. Hopefully Firestone resolves their issues.

-A season closing race in Las Vegas (the Defender group will be booking tickets as soon as it is confirmed).

-Edmonton is back on.

-More Americans will get involved one way or the other as participants.

-More granularity about the new package and the manufacturers involved for 2012.

My personal hope is that he will address a couple of other problems head on with the same certainty and message, for example, that he sent to ISC and their non-IndyCar promoting tracks:

-The ESPN/ABC ‘partner’ problem. The IZOD IndyCar Series has been relegated to red headed bastard stepchild status for the past dozen years. The outright neglect of the franchise by the basic cable/OTA ‘partner’ is stunning. It was revealed yesterday they have even scheduled ALMS opposite an Indy Car race next season. Hopefully Randy will tackle this issue with a ferocity never before seen from the IMS folks. Enough is enough. The treatment IndyCar receives is unacceptable.

-On a related note, when does the extensive coverage of ‘The Most Important Race In History’ begin? A full-court media blitz needs to be occurring now. Let’s get it going on a LARGE, GRAND scale.

-It is time to stop kissing the backsides of the cart fringe. I am well over ‘the split’ but a few in the cart camp want to not only act like the last fifteen years never happened but still want some acknowledgement of culpability for their own failure, twice, by IMS. The best way to move forward is to ignore anything associated with cart with as much brand killing zest that you have for the elimination of anything ‘IRL.’ If unity is the goal, there can be no ‘cart’ just as there can be no ‘IRL.’ It is the IZOD IndyCar Series. Everyone needs to get with the program and get into the current decade. It is now 2011 for Christ’s sake.

Randy and crew are doing a fabulous job, but there are still some glaring issues that must be addressed immediately.

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8 Comments »

  1. FIRESTONE CUTS TIES WITH THE HAPLESS IRL!!! (Repeated 97 times in three separate posting attempts in all caps).

    Editor’s Note: Well, this kid is at least improving. It’s contribution is, gasp, actually on topic, and all of the words are spelled correctly. I am impressed. Still needs a lot of work in the reading comprehension and class departments, however. Firestone has not announced they are leaving. Firestone has announced they are threatening to leave. Not so coincidentally, it is contract renewal time. Firestone has left before and it was not the end of the world. Goodyear has been here in the past and it would be good to see them get a turn again. Sounds like a win-win to me. Please, for the love of God, learn how to comprehend what you read, grow up, and stop hiding behind stupid fake names. You come off as a completely gutless weasel.

    Comment by Ricky Treadwear — January 5, 2011 @ 12:11 am | Reply

  2. I’d like to see Firestone back, but it isn’t the end of the world. It’s the revolving door that makes up motorsports. This isn’t the first time that Firestone’s left, and their parent company just left F1. Goodyear reigned from 1974-1994, and maybe they will again. Or Cooper. Sponsors and suppliers don’t stick around forever.

    Comment by Zachary — January 5, 2011 @ 12:55 am | Reply

  3. Firestone has been an excellent partner. I hope that they’ll stick with Indycar. To lose a major sponsor, a tire supplier and the title sponsor of Lights would be a major bump in the road at a time when most of the news is great.

    (If I were you, I’d zap that attention-needing gomer every time, he adds nothing to the discussion.)

    Editor’s Note: You mean like he obsessed guy who posts illiterate nonsense as in the comment below? A lot of my regular readers feel the same way.

    Comment by redd — January 5, 2011 @ 2:27 am | Reply

  4. It is in negotiations to determine an exit strategy. IndyCar CEO Randy Bernard admitted today that he is “definitely concerned.” “No doubt; definitely concerned,” he said
    Goodyear, Michelin, Cooper and Pirelli. few have the experience dealing with the various forces Indy cars put on their tires

    from your boy cliffclavin Big Blow in the 100 year anniversary thingymajingy. guess they could care less….like everyone else. “and the wheels go round and round” We want Hoosier tars! yeeeehaw! better yet…..bring back MICHELIN!!!!!! bwahahahahhaa

    Comment by bibendum — January 5, 2011 @ 3:03 am | Reply

    • I don’t understand what any of this means. Is there a Google Translator for whatever language this is?

      Editor’s Note: I am afraid you would have to ask a four year old. It closely resembles the language of near-infants.

      Comment by The Speedgeek — January 5, 2011 @ 2:42 pm | Reply

  5. Well, a chassis and engine type war seem to be in the offing, so maybe a tire war wouldn’t be a bad idea either. It’s been a long time since diversity (other than the drivers) has been at the Speedway, so this might be a good thing. But I also hope Firestone resolves its issues. Defender, wouldn’t it be great if Indy could have the same innovation and engineering that they had in the sixties? I remember it well.

    Editor’s Note: Ah, yes. All the way through to the mid-1970s. It’s all good. Two interested tire manufacturers would also be compelling.

    Comment by DOUG — January 5, 2011 @ 4:14 pm | Reply

    • Tire war = Softer tires
      Softer tires = More marbles
      More marbles = Less passing
      Two or more tire manufacturers is the last thing the IRL needs

      Comment by Chris Lukens — January 6, 2011 @ 1:30 am | Reply

  6. Do you know when this address is suppose to take place? I’m interested in seeing if I can watch it online or even just be on the lookout for news of the address. I couldn’t find anything on my own about this particular press conference.

    Editor’s Note: Marshall Pruett asked roughly the same question a few weeks ago, and Randy said: ‘On January 11, when we make our State of the Union presentation, we will lay out our plan. I think people will see some very exciting things in that plan. And I think one thing that we tried to do this year is keep the press releases flowing and keep things strategically placed so that we continue to have some type of progress, and we really waited until the fourth quarter to unveil that. I want to keep the momentum growing and building and into 2011, but I don’t want to show my cards right now. That will have to wait until the 11th. I’m excited for it, I can tell you that.’ In typical IndyCar/IMS fashion, the delivery time and method remains a mystery and we’ll have to work to figure it out. But I’ll post when I know.

    Comment by Dan — January 5, 2011 @ 8:34 pm | Reply


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