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February 1, 2011

Practical Ideas for the 100th Anniversary of the Indianapolis 500

Filed under: The Disciple Blogs — Disciple of INDYCAR @ 3:03 am

As the month of May approaches (I am sitting in an ice storm wishful thinking at the moment) the loyal Disciple has a couple of constructive suggestions for the folks at IMS:

Since it is anniversary 100, consider expanding the month of May beyond a couple of weeks. There is a practical reason to do so. We are in an El Niño cycle. When that happens, the month of May in Indianapolis becomes monsoon season. Can you imagine what would happen if time trials the weekend before the big race got rained out then it kept raining? It might be a really good idea to consider some viable alternatives.

A rather large, bearded repairman and I had a conversation amid relics and old photographs of Indy 500s past today. He confided in me that he used to go every year but had stopped because he thought the race had ‘lost something.’ I was flabbergasted. Here was a Hoosier who liked racing but no longer attended. My anticipation was that he would start spouting anti-Tony pro-cart nonsense but that subject did not come up at all. It was a very pleasant surprise.

He confided in me that over the years his rear end had gotten larger but the seats at Indy had not. He indicated he felt claustrophobic in any grandstand where he sat because he had to cram into his seat. Over the past couple of decades, America has gotten obese. This is fact. Why not expand the size of each seat? In most cases it is just new painted stripes. This would serve a couple of purposes. You could have sellouts again and the place would look very full. As an added bonus, customers would be far more comfortable. It is a practical idea that could work very well.

Food for thought!




  1. Just letting you know that we are currently in La nina, as there is quite a bit of rain and flooding here in australia, of which queensland, the state I live in is about 40 to 50% either underwater or is suffering significant flood damage. In fact about 10 to 15 people were killed in toowoomba (were will power comes from) were killed when 400mm of rain fell in about 30 minutes.

    This (FLOODING) happens during La nina in Australia, whilst america should be in drought during la nina. During El nino there should be heaps of rain in america.

    Also rain tyres should be developed and some sort of speed limiter added so that they can run those boring ovals in the rain

    Editor’s Note: That is awful weather down that way…sorry about that, and also about your relative ignorance about oval racing.

    Comment by nosh — February 1, 2011 @ 2:01 pm | Reply

  2. tell him to either buy 2 seats or tell tubby to lose some weight – you american are all to fat

    Editor’s Note: True (which was the point that eluded your grasp) but many of us are literate.

    Comment by bob — February 1, 2011 @ 2:04 pm | Reply

  3. So, did this guy stop going because he thought the race had lost something or because he is too large? Or are you trying to spin things to make it look like he is just saying it lost something to cover for his largeness not fitting in the seats? Did you tell him that he just needs to go to one of the grandstands with vast amounts of empty seats? Of course, he might not be able to get to the stand with the vast amount of people underneath seeking refuge from the heat.

    Editor’s Note: As I wrote, I thought when he said the 500 had ‘lost something’ I was in for another clueless cart enthusiast bout of lunacy, but what it came down to was that he was uncomfortable being crammed into a seat and not being able to move around that well. As it turns out, hundreds of thousands still attend and folks have become larger.

    Comment by TroyM — February 1, 2011 @ 10:38 pm | Reply

  4. I have a second proposal to accommodate those who have grown larger in the last ten years;
    1. IMS to supply free insulin due to the obesity epidemic
    2. Reconfigure the people movers to be towed by semi trucks for those with the new obesity disability.
    3. Create a special arrow kit for the new car that’s shaped like a corn dog but with a nose cone and wing.

    Jokes aside, the fact of the matter is the facility requires so much walking that those who are overly obese have a hard time getting around without a golf cart. Same goes for people with other people with bad knees or other mobile disabilities.

    So if they are too big for their seat, they need to buy two. Ever been on a flight next to a 300 pound person? It’s not fair me or anyone else when someone refuses to buy two seats when they clearly need it. I’m just not sympathetic to those who have made their own bed and won’t sleep in it.

    Comment by Nick — February 2, 2011 @ 8:04 pm | Reply

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