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March 29, 2011

INDYCAR Grand Prix of St. Pete Thoughts a Day Later

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

The IZOD Indy Car Series kicked off the 2011 season Sunday, and some of the biggest surprises have occurred in the aftermath.

-The 12+ overnights for the ABC broadcast came in at 1.4 which exceeded expectations. That continues an upward trend.

-Temporary street circuits are rough on equipment and the folks who drive them. At least two tubs were totaled over the weekend; one by E.J. Viso and one by Sebastien Bourdais who did not even start the race. Two Dryer & Reinbold drivers, Justin Wilson and Ana Beatriz, broke their wrists when their steering wheels jarred their grips. One of the commonly expressed whines by the usual suspects is that ovals eat equipment. An interesting study would be to track crash damage on all types of circuits.

-One metric that clearly demonstrates the event in St. Pete was a rousing success is page after page of obsessed cackling by idiots on hate sites who swear they do not watch but know more about the event than even the most strident actual fan. Of course these are the same nutjobs who rented an airplane banner a few years back to pine for champcar, which ultimately killed itself. Twice. Perhaps such losers would have been better off making a donation to a worthwhile charity. The Hole in the Wall group or any number of other charities could have put such money to great use. One might think that after sixteen years such cretins would discover even a small amount of maturity, or at least minimal acceptance of reality. Oh well. It is fun to laugh at them publicly.

-Oriol Servia is confirmed for the entire season with Newman-Haas with sponsorship from NBC-owned Telemundo.

-The two-wide starts are a great, fan-friendly idea in theory, but when you have to dive into a sharp, slow speed turn one that bunches everyone up perhaps Indy Car should be more selective in choosing the right venues. I keep wondering who decided to use their boost buttons at that moment. I also wonder whether Helio

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Castroneves will be pulled aside after he essentially took out 25% of the field. The drivers are supposed to be the best in the world but seem to get themselves into needless trouble a lot. Ryan Hunter-Reay seemed more agitated than most.

-Almost every portion of INDYCAR’s online offerings is terrible and not up to snuff. It is all an utter embarrassment. Something must be done immediately. What is out there is unacceptable.

-A plane crashed into the bay shortly before the race. That was odd. Pilot and passenger are OK.

The Disciple party is making plans to be at Barber for the next one…we’ll see you there!



  1. I wonder why those hater people are too afraid to post pictures of themselves. I guess they’re too chicken. Bock Bock.

    Comment by Robin Mueller — March 29, 2011 @ 12:54 am | Reply

  2. Helio should have braked, but Scott Dixon cut off Graham Rahal and in my mind set the accident in motion. Surprised his name has not come up more.

    After the start, it was your typical parade.

    Come on month of May!

    Comment by Bob F. — March 29, 2011 @ 12:55 pm | Reply

  3. Double file restarts on ovals, single file restarts on road/street courses. It’s the only way. Otherwise, a ho-hum “race” for the lead, but what a duel between Kanaan and de Silvestro! Bet nobody saw THAT coming.

    Comment by DOUG — March 29, 2011 @ 4:06 pm | Reply

  4. Dear Defender:

    You just couldn’t help yourself, could you? Now that the long off season (too damn long in my opinion) is over and we are back to racing, you just had to take a cheap crack at those of us in the American Open Wheel community who enjoyed and supported CART/Champ Car…can’t you stop the petty rants and focus on the future and the numerous issues that we need to improve to restore Indy Car to its rightful place as America’s premiere form of motorsport?

    Sure, plenty of people consider Reagan and the Bushes as fiscally responsible leaders who staunchly defended freedom…and there are plenty of people who view these presidents as war mongers who shilled for corporate interests at the expense of the American people…and what is the final analysis? The debate continues and will continue without end… just as the debate over who killed American Open Wheel racing…did CART and its failed leadership cause its ultimate demise, yes and no…did your boy Tony George’s failed ‘vision’ result in the decline of Indy Car’s profile and reputation in American motorsports? yes and no…should CART have gone public or raced after 9/11? Should TG have implemented 24/7 or brought his hammer to work every day?

    Bottom line, let us concentrate our energy on fixing the current problems, we sure know there are enough issues to address from ride buyers to lack of TV coverage to poor attendance to old equipment to two team domination, and end the bickering that has led to the rise of NASCAR and the fall of a series that had the country’s attention for generations only to end up with a few dozen hack fans like ourselves…

    Comment by Neil Rubin — March 29, 2011 @ 6:41 pm | Reply

  5. Bob F:
    Dixon cut off Rahal? You might want to take another look at the video. Dixon started in 3rd and Rahal in 12th.

    I thought Conway’s line from P4 was too tight and contributed to the problems at the start. But that’s debatable.

    Comment by indymoon — March 30, 2011 @ 10:25 pm | Reply

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