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March 10, 2011

INDYCAR Floats a Turd For An Increasingly Angst-Riddled Fan Base

Filed under: The Disciple Blogs — Disciple of INDYCAR @ 2:01 pm

Randy Bernard has been out of the country lately trying to make some new deals, and yesterday Curt Cavin of the Indianapolis Star floated a notion that INDYCAR might add their own variation of NASCAR’s ‘Lucky Dog’ rule for 2011. Even the possibility of implementing such a rule drew nearly unanimous ire from the fan base. This long neglected group is making no secret of their feelings, and perhaps those running the show should pay attention. Fans that remain have been shat upon for years and can only take so much more. After all, they have had to endure:

Arthur Murray-like choreography of events by Brian Barnhart that has sanitized the racing so much that it cannot really be considered racing any more.

-The same damned car for ten years.

-A de-emphasis of ovals in favor of mostly temporary street circuit parading.

-No ovals prior to the 500.

-A month of May in Indianapolis that has been brutally eviscerated into half of what it was.

-The robbery from fans some of the best, most exciting tracks Indy Cars have ever raced on, including Michigan, Chicagoland and Richmond.

-Driver musical chairs based primarily on how well drivers can fund their own rides.

-Until Versus came along the most dysfunctional, unprofessional television partnership in the history of broadcasting.

The problem, as many see it, involves the ripple effect of recent changes. Closed pits at the start of a yellow cause too many yellow laps. Double file restarts have drawn the ire of some of the more elitist drivers (the ones who are supposed to be more talented than others) who panic at the very thought of lapped cars at the front of the field in a restart situation. If they are so talented can they not figure out a way around the backmarkers? They have all but legislated any sort of Milka out anyway. Now the logical extension seems to be formal enactment of ‘lucky dog.’


Is copying NASCAR going to make INDYCAR more popular? Probably not. For one thing the field would need to be full of drivers to whom fans can relate. Right now it is not and pretty far from it. Is it going to grant grace from Brian France? Who cares? He seems to be an impediment to INDYCAR growth at the moment anyway, including scuttling partnership deals.

What is next? An animated rodent that pops out of the pavement? Why don’t we place two barely literate hillbillies in the booth with one guy who actually knows how to speak the English language? Then one of them can shout a hokey, made up word three times at the start. The other one can make observations that begin with ‘Am motel yew whut…’

Randy, listen….the remaining fans are dedicated. When a potential decision will alienate about 80% of them, perhaps a re-think is necessary. Just a thought.



  1. Realistically, to most people in the US, Nascar IS racing. Other than Danica and the Indy 500, people know next to nothing about Indycar. So Bernard is stealing some ideas he thinks will make the series more watchable, understandable and familiar to US racing fans. He is trying to sell this series and increase it’s popularity.

    Is he tipping some sacred cows?–yes. Is it worth it?–probably. I guess we’ll see. Not all Bernard’s ideas are necessarily right, but enough of them are that I’m willing to see how it goes.

    I really don’t think die-hard fans will desert Indycar because of a rule change that gives one lapped car a break.

    Comment by redd — March 10, 2011 @ 2:30 pm | Reply

  2. There is now a poll on indycar.com dealing with this very issue. So far, 163 votes, 26% for luck, 73% against.

    They are listening

    Comment by M. Miller — March 10, 2011 @ 4:35 pm | Reply

  3. I am more disappointed with prohibiting lapped cars from pitting until the leaders have done so and with forcing lapped cars to the back of the field on restarts. This will have a more detrimental effect on those cars than the lucky dog will be beneficial. More top 5’s for the big two (if that is possible)

    Comment by Gurney Eagle — March 10, 2011 @ 7:40 pm | Reply

  4. Since they won’t want to call it the “Laucky Dawg” rule, with a tip of the hat to the continuing F-wonification of Indycars, this will be known as the “Preferred Poodle” rule. Very French, you know. Boogity-Boogity-Boogity.

    Comment by Chris Lukens — March 10, 2011 @ 7:45 pm | Reply

  5. I don’t see what the big deal is. And leave Digger out of this, I like Digger.

    Comment by Gary — March 10, 2011 @ 8:13 pm | Reply

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