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June 23, 2011

Indy Cars On A Small Oval…Only This Time With A Crowd

Filed under: The Disciple Blogs — Disciple of INDYCAR @ 2:25 pm

Things that seem extraordinarily funny to me:

-After Indy Car failed to draw not many more than 15,000 fans to a 40,000 seat venue (mostly the result of errant promoter ignorance) to a legendary track with racing to match, all sorts of naysaying malcontents have slithered out of the woodwork to once again portend doom for either oval racing or Indy Car once and for all. Most of these mouth breathing cretins not only regularly put their abject stupidity on display, but their track record of predicting things remains nearly 100% incorrect for over fifteen years.

-Most of these same Einsteins breathlessly await 12+ ratings summaries from zap2it or other lowest common denominator sites to offer commentary on numbers no one actually uses to sell spots to sell advertisers. Not one such Internet television executive has ever offered ANY commentary (much less any commentary that contains intelligence or subject knowledge) about television numbers that actually matter; e.g., Nielsen breakouts of demographics, etc. None of this ever, of course, stops any of their whacko pontification.

-The non-oval agenda is still being pushed hard even though not one big time road racing series has ever survived domestically. Never mind the failure of cart, twice…nothing else with road racing at its core has ever made it either. ALMS is currently teetering on the brink of extinction mostly related to financing.

One of the most amusing parts of surfing the web for racing material is watching creeps make fools of themselves. Most are uneducated, unevolved, unintelligent buffoons who rarely let their own ignorance stand in the way of clueless bravado. That is just pure entertainment.

Meanwhile, those of us actual racing fans who appreciate evolution and put our money where our mouths are headed for Newton, Iowa or some other race track this weekend to watch the sport in person. While we are there watching Indy Cars with thousands of others, we will be hoping other racing fans are enjoying their weekends as well. Even those focused on counting empty seats or pretending they are Dick Ebersol (or perhaps just Dicks).



  1. Dear Defender:

    What is up with all of the piss and vinegar over the last few weeks? Do you have nothing positive to say about our series or the good things that have happened over the last six weeks? Your beloved 500 had a great race with action on every restart and an almost amazing FIRST TIME at INDY victory from a young AMERICAN driver flying the colors of our NATIONAL GUARD…too bad Hildebrandt, who appears to be hanging on by a thread at low budget Panther Racing, choked at the end and allowed smiley Dan Wheldon win the 100th Anniversary…disappointing, yes, but the 500 was a big hit in the national media and the stands looked as full as anytime since TG needlessly and recklessly declared war on American open wheel racing. As for Texas, you have to agree that the random lottery hurt Ganassi’s chances for yet another title by handing Power a lucky starting spot for the second race but at least the fans had a chance to hear the drivers actually speak between the races and show the audience that most of them have a personality and could potentially add value to a sponsor’s effort to get behind this series. You may call it bitching and whining, but at least Randy and the series brass allows teams and drivers to speak openly without fear of a Roger Goodell or David Stern style ‘fine’…just ask Mark Cuban about free speech in the NBA…as for the pathetic crowd at Milwaukee, it’s a damn shame but perhaps Milwaukee has simply lost its interest in open wheel racing and the series should move on….I attended three straight at the Mile back in the good ol’ days (95-96-97) and the crowds were huge and enthusiastic but that was a different time… I have my doubts that venues like Iowa are the way to grow this series but we need independent ovals and if you and 25K other fans show up, that is a win for the series which needs positive news from every quarter, including you, Defender.

    Comment by Neil Rubin — June 23, 2011 @ 2:45 pm | Reply

  2. The racing at the Mile was great; the venue was brought back from the dead, something that seemed almost impossible. The promotion was not up to the game, but the event happened. The crowd was small, we know that. The problem is, that is all some will talk about.

    There is a good chance this event can be brought back for good. There are some crapwagoneers still out there waiting in the wings for any bit of negative IndyCar news so the can take it and make the mole hill into a mountain. Last month, the IMS was being sold. This month, the small crowd at the mile means the end is near. The haters need to give it a rest and hang out somewhere else, perhaps a Beatles hate site or something like that.

    We have a great venue this weekend following a previous great venue, the mile (which needs work). I will enjoy this race in Iowa and not be obsessed with looking for a scratch to pass off as a severed limb. I’m sure those who are actual fans and not internet spray can vandals will join me.

    Comment by Mike Miller — June 23, 2011 @ 4:03 pm | Reply

  3. I think the poor attendance at the IRL race at Milwaukee can be attributed to CART.

    Comment by Monty — June 23, 2011 @ 6:52 pm | Reply

  4. The poor attendance at Milwaukee can be attributed to it being a eurotrash indycar race. Nascar is real racin.

    Comment by bubba — June 27, 2011 @ 1:13 pm | Reply

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