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March 25, 2011

Big Time Open Wheel Racing Fans: This Is Opening Weekend!

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

This is a very exciting weekend to be an open wheel racing fan. The IZOD INDYCAR Series kicks off in St. Pete with its deepest field in years, and Formula 1 gets underway albeit a tad late in Australia. The wife has helped ensure the cupboard is full of goodies and this household is ready to go.

NASCAR has been relegated to watching if time allows. There is a cynical side of many that has grown tired of the contrived, slow nature of that form of racing. The problem is compounded when slimeballs are allowed to roam free.

Number one on that list this week is Rick Russell, who runs 2nd Chance Motorsports in the NASCAR junior varsity series. That blithering idiot filed a lawsuit against his hired driver, Jennifer Jo Cobb, accusing her of pulling a Larry Curry. The trouble all started when the female racer wanted to, gasp, actually race. She climbed out a few minutes before last weekend’s race because she was ordered to ‘start-‘n-park’ it. Anyone who advocates that practice should be excluded from participating in the sport in any way. Nonsense like that contributes to having a legacy venue like Bristol half empty.

Those people are not racers. Those people trample the integrity of the sport. The lawsuit accuses Cobb and her crew chief of stealing parts. Turns out they just moved them around.

‘Start-‘n-park’ has no place in any form of racing. Of course I think the practice of selling your seats to the highest bidder is an abomination, and Indy Car has been plagued by that practice for decades.  But enough negativity. For many of us, the REAL racing season begins in earnest THIS weekend.

See ya at the tracks!



  1. Big anticipation for this season and next. I felt bad for Miss Cobb. I’d like to see someone offer her a Lights car to see how she likes open-wheel.

    Comment by redd — March 25, 2011 @ 1:37 pm | Reply

  2. I’d like to see NASCAR eliminate ALL the “start-n-park” entries. They have no place in racing. Why is it so important to have forty-three starters, anyway? So they have fewer. Big deal. And you’re right–Ms. Cobb deserved much better. I don’t think IndyCar will ever be guilty of anything that blatant. At least it was able to restrict Milka Duno’s lack of competitiveness on the track.

    Comment by DOUG — March 25, 2011 @ 4:54 pm | Reply

  3. I predict a Rahal win at St. Pete! Or maybe Bourdais.

    Comment by Gary — March 25, 2011 @ 9:56 pm | Reply

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