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May 18, 2011

Free Public Relations Assistance for Indy Car Drivers and Owners

Filed under: The Disciple Blogs — Disciple of INDYCAR @ 12:19 pm

Whenever an otherwise good driver like Oriol Servia goes on national television to discuss his objection to a new rule; e.g., the double file restart policy and further claims that most of the other drivers object too, the reaction of normal fans is usually unambiguous. Indy Car drivers come off as insolent, perhaps scared, whiners without enough talent to pull it off. Clearly this sends the wrong impression.

Oh sure…it’s May and you probably believe you are worshiped because hoards of chunky Hoosiers toting Sharpies always want your autographs. Do not let that fool you. Whining publicly about league policies makes anyone who does it look really bad.

If you do not like the policy of double wide restarts, there are two options: First, you could go race someplace else. If you try NASCAR you will have to live by that policy too. Second, you could police it yourselves.  If you are worried about marbles go talk to Firestone about engineering most of that out, or talk to Indy Car about sweeping them up during yellows. Then, consider the length of straight between the start finish line and turn one. Once the flag waves, what would be wrong with staggering your positions to enter turn 1 in more of a line?

Complaining about double file restarts at Indy is another way of saying you are afraid to race. Oh, I know it is not my arse behind the wheel and all of that, but come on. Essentially what you are saying is that I will probably see a single file parade where position changes occur in the pits. That ain’t racing.

I hope Randy Bernard becomes the benevolent dictator he should. I am sick and tired of arrogant, complaining chump owners and whiny drivers complaining about this or that all the time. They need to be put in their place decisively. The headlong charge into the kind of antics that killed cart, twice, is the WRONG way to go.  So let’s clean this nonsense up today. I do not want Indy Car to bend over any more for these crybabies.



  1. It could be worse. At least they won’t have to do three-wide restarts.

    Comment by Robin Mueller — May 18, 2011 @ 12:46 pm | Reply

  2. I like your ideas about fixing the marble problem but I’m sure if the drivers/owners were to pursue your ideas you would still call them cry babies. First, going to Firestone and asking them to engineer the marbles out of their tires is a waste of time, Firestone is leaving the series after next year. And if there were a way to engineer them out they would have done that years ago anyway. Second, getting the marbles swept up during cautions is a good idea but logistically speaking its probably impossible otherwise they would be doing that already.

    It seems to me your just angry with the owners which is understandable. It was their independence that first sparked Tony to breakaway and create the IRL. Which makes me ponder why Tony pursued a merger with them back in 2008. If the owners were so hard to deal with and if CART had failed before why wouldn’t Tony just leave them alone and let them fail again which is the direction they were heading?

    Comment by Gary — May 18, 2011 @ 3:52 pm | Reply

  3. If past history is indicative of future results, double-file or single-file really won’t matter.

    They’ll line up double file, the race leader will gas it somewhere in the short chute, they’ll be single file by the start/finish line, and our (alleged) Chief Steward won’t do a damn thing about it.

    Just like with the bogus excuse for a three-wide start we’ve had the past few years.

    Want to insure proper restarts and prevent driver stupidity on the track? Want to make sure no one jumps, or dive bombs a corner? Simple. Penalties with teeth. If someone jumps a start, wave it off. They do it again, waive it off and send the offender to the back of the field. Dive bomb a corner? Back of the field and a ten spot grid penalty for the next race.

    Comment by Steven Kornya — May 18, 2011 @ 4:44 pm | Reply

  4. Looks like the rain may solve the problem of restarts…and qualifications…

    Comment by redcar — May 18, 2011 @ 10:47 pm | Reply

  5. Dear Defender:

    This is a clear example of the decline in racer talent in this series if these ‘professionals’, dubbed the greatest drivers in the world, cannot manage to start double file ON AN OVAL…as for Gary’s comments, TG, after years of losing his family’s money on an all oval series littered with tracks owned by rival NASCAR, figured out that he could use a profitable venue like Long Beach and deep pocket owners like Kalkoven and Newman-Haas to boost a sagging series… unfortunately for the merged series, too many sponsors have fled to NASCAR (or left motorsports altogether) and too many fans have tuned out to make a difference…we are the last of the line of fans that once, a long time ago, had a passing interest in American Open Wheel racing…now there is nothing left to build on….

    Comment by Neil Rubin — May 19, 2011 @ 10:38 pm | Reply

  6. Gee, if you don’t like the drivers or the owners, then what do you like? All you care about is IMS being the holy almighty king of the hill. That is what you and your ilk are fans of. It is kind of sad, real race fans are fans of the drivers. You must not be a real race fan.

    Comment by TroyM — May 20, 2011 @ 2:02 am | Reply

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