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June 13, 2011

Indy Car At Texas: Something Great And Out Of The Ordinary Despite Classless Behavior By Big Teams

Filed under: The Disciple Blogs — Disciple of INDYCAR @ 1:48 am

This past weekend was a racing fan paradise. The Indy Cars did something dramatically different in Texas, Formula 1 ran nearby in roughly the same time zone, Le Mans occupied the first part of the weekend and NASCAR puttered around Pocono. Most of the events were very compelling, particularly Indy Car. Eddie Gossage and crew reconstituted a 30 year old idea involving twin Indy Car races with a twist.

Two common ways of pulling such events off in the distant past have been lining up in the finishing order of the first race, or inverting the field to start the second race. Both ways have great reasons for being, including the inverted start in which everyone is basically in the same boat except that cream is expected to rise to the top in the second race.

One of the big problems with Indy Car in recent years is the homogenization of the racing. It has become far too stale. Engines never blow up. Tires rarely fail. The equipment is the same except for the preparation. Pits close so everyone bunches up on yellows. Slow runners who stay out are waved ahead and moved to the rear. Indy Car has a chief steward who micromanages competition to an extreme degree. It is white bread racing. Far too few unknown variables affect outcomes. This is part of the reason either a Penske car or a Ganassi car win almost every race (which made a Dan Wheldon win by Bryan Herta’s team via Sam Schmidt Motorsports at the 500 very sweet this year).

With that in mind there has been no better idea lately than what they did between races: Every single driver was paraded up in front of the crowd and on national television (but not streamed live on the Internet-still one of the most colossally stupid aspects ever of Indy Car today) in reverse order of finish to spin one tire game show style to determine their starting position in the second race. That was just brilliant. That method of seeding randomly placed the strong guys with the weak ones all the way through the field.

In the end the outcome was predictable. One win for Ganassi and one win for Penske. In between we were treated to the type of classless arrogance we have long come to expect from former cart powers. At one point or another every public face at Ganassi whined and moaned about the new procedure before, during and after the event. Dario, Dixon and Chip all took turns being boorish assholes, particularly Dario. The class for which he is said to be known is sadly lacking when things do not go his way. Even Jimmy Vasser and Kevin Kalkhoven went on camera to bitch, and their driver got the pole for the second race.

These ungrateful, arrogant whiners completely forgot the value of a great show in favor of crying about what MIGHT hurt them down the road. So could some equipment failure or a crash or a brain fade in the pits at ANY race. To listen to the poor Ganassi bunch you would think the final standings of the entire season were entirely dependent on the second race of the doubleheader. In the end fans got to see some great racing, especially in the second race which was caution free and did indeed see cream rise to the top. The runs from back to front by some who you would expect and many you would not with no caution laps was a thing of beauty. It was a RACE. Dario finished first and seventh but acted as if he had been nailed to a cross. The entitlement these crybabies seem to believe they deserve is astounding.

Slimeball behavior on camera like we witnessed Saturday night makes me glad these fools wasted years of their life choosing a futile path that ended in failure. Twice. Indy Car and Eddie Gossage deserve kudos and thanks for trying something way out of the box and refreshingly original. These folks have got the best interest of the sport and its future in mind. What Ganassi, KV and others did was highly disrespectful and strikingly petty. Even more stupid are conspiracy theory nutjobs that slithered out of their holes screaming ‘FIX’ to put in $.02 of mostly illiterate mumbling.

It is my sincere hope that this becomes a fixture every year and that the selfish arrogance that went on prominent display gets replaced quickly with the kind of professionalism we need. These people need to get with the program or get out. The undercurrent of mutinous behavior we have seen all year must be stopped NOW.



  1. Another post from Ed Hinton Jr. If you liked the race write about the damn race. Quit living in the past. Penske and Chip employ some of the best drivers in the series are one of the few teams that pay there drivers. And given the closeness of Dario and Power it COULD play out importantly for the championship. Drop you whining and get in favor of the league.

    Comment by redbull — June 13, 2011 @ 2:06 am | Reply

  2. And to think there was a time when I liked Mr. Ashley Judd. He really showed his behind last night. Ashley must be wearing off on him.

    Comment by IcyFog — June 13, 2011 @ 2:23 am | Reply

  3. You just can’t resist taking shots at anyone that had anything to do with CART. You might want to learn how to grow up and get over it. You and your fellow bootlickers still hold on and cheer for the few guys that never had anything to do with CART or Champcar. By the way, on the last lap of your beloved Indy 500, a non-CART IRL team crashed and the race was won by a car owner who raced in the inagural U.S. 500.

    Comment by TroyM — June 13, 2011 @ 3:03 am | Reply

    • Mr. TroyM, You obviously don’t know your history… Sam Schmidt was the car owner of the 2011 Indy 500 pole winner AND 2011 Indy 500 winner. Through an agreement he “allowed” Bryan Herta to use one of his back-up cars for Dan Wheldon and some of his team members for Wheldon’s crew that made up “what viewers on TV thought” was Herta’s own crew. Furthermore, Sam Schmidt raced in and was later a car owner in the IRL. So it was an IRL car owner AND an IRL driver (Dan Weldon) who won the 2011 Indy 500! And if History serves me correct.. It was Brian Herta, marked as one of many experienced and better drivers, who was in that moronic start that ended in disaster in the U.S. 500 taking out 2/3 of the field…when, on the same day, ALL IRL drivers, the ones marked as Rookies and inexperienced, made it cleanly through one of the toughest coroners in all of motorsports, turn one at Indy at 225mph at the start. Oh, and by BTW- Can anyone get tickets for next years U.S. 500? What do you mean NO!? hmmm? I wonder why?

      Comment by BNSF #5675 — June 16, 2011 @ 6:14 am | Reply

  4. Wow, redbull, what article did you just read? Definitely not this one.

    Comment by Robin Mueller — June 13, 2011 @ 9:11 am | Reply

  5. Just wanted to say , from an old CART guy, Great article! I totally agree! Lets start all races with a blind draw! And when Dario says “No Thanks” Dan Wheldon can take his seat and represent!

    Comment by Stl-Chuck — June 14, 2011 @ 1:10 am | Reply

  6. Mr. Twice, you have left me dazed and confused.

    First off, I am surprised you actually liked the lottery type draw for the second race. I thought for sure you would have hated it seeing as it was quite on the gimmicky side.

    Secondly, I can’t believe I agree with you about Franchitti and his whining. Franchitti has become my least favorite driver, followed closely by Castroneves and Danican’t thanks to their annoying personalities.

    Finally, you’ve confused me with your statement, “…..makes me glad these fools wasted years of their life choosing a futile path that ended in failure. Twice.” Both Penske and Ganassi left CART before it went bankrupt so the years they spent in CART where spent during the golden years. They both enjoyed great success and you can argue their leaving CART had much to do with CART going under.

    So I’m not sure if you meant what you said or you said what you meant but your thought’s about Penske and Gannasi are off just a bit.

    Comment by Gary — June 14, 2011 @ 7:05 am | Reply

  7. The Texas Twins was a gimmick. Funny when Teams and drivers cry about gimmick, oh boy, don’t the people start crying, There is to many CART teams taking over the League at the moment. Penske, Ganassi, Andretti, Vasser, their dragging the League down.

    Comment by Andrew Johnson — June 14, 2011 @ 10:41 pm | Reply

    • Andrew, You are right on! I totally agree with the last part of your post!!!

      Comment by BNSF #5675 — June 16, 2011 @ 6:18 am | Reply

  8. How are CART teams dragging the League down? And who are the CART teams you refer to?

    Penske, Ganassi, and Andretti all left CART before the ship sank…….twice.

    The only current IndyCar teams that stayed with ChampCar till the end were Newman Haas, Dale Coyne, and KV Racing. (Conquest too?)

    And if the League is being dragged down it isn’t by these teams, its by a poor decisions Tony George made over the years that have done so much damgage that IndyCar may never be able to recover at this point.

    Comment by Gary — June 16, 2011 @ 3:13 pm | Reply

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