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July 11, 2011

Indy Car At Toronto: Lousy ‘Race’ But Lots of Entertainment and Controversy…

Filed under: The Disciple Blogs — Disciple of INDYCAR @ 12:24 pm

The annual God-forsaken Toronto street parade was the typical crashfest it always is with all the usual obvious complaints by otherwise professional drivers after they run out of talent. We heard about how the circuit is narrow, has no run-off area and how drivers are aggressive. Well no fooling. First, it is not a race track. It is barricaded city streets. At least the youthful exuberance of the participants tended to make things entertaining and the soap opera/wrestling match made it worth watching.

The highlight of my day was hearing Will Power lose all restraint and let loose on Dario. His best line had to do with what happens if a penalty gets called on one of Chip Ganassi’s drivers; i.e., Chip threatens the job(s) of those making the calls. That is a very serious allegation.

So is what Paul Tracy alleges. He claims Randy Bernard was seated with Target executives, and when the Dario penalty loomed the Target brass was supposedly chagrined.  It is then alleged that Randy called Race Control to call it off. Further, Roger Penske is said to be livid behind the scenes and now wants Bernard’s head on a platter.

Imagine that. A controversy that potentially threatens the future of the series/sport (again) and both Penske and Ganassi are smack dab in the middle of it.

There are some things I would like to know:

-Was there, in fact, a penalty called on Dario? As I viewed the replay he definitely moved away from the wall and into Will Power.

-If there was a penalty and not someone getting a little too eager with Twitter, why did it get changed?

-If it was premature tweeting, how did the TV folks end up swallowing the entire load?

-Is Al, Jr. to be believed when he claimed there was never a penalty?

-Was a penalty called off by Randy Bernard?

As a blogger my non-paying job is to be a cantankerous gadfly. It is my hope that someone who gets paid to cover the sport will do the right thing and investigate this to answer the questions. Letting it fester gives it a brown sheen of crap that whips idiot children into frenzies. We do not need more of that. What we do need is spotless credibility, particularly when trying to attract new fans. Controversy sells, but this one could go over the line.


  1. I’m not a big fan of Penske or Ganassi teams, but that’s primarily because they’re too dominant, Penske in particular. Those two teams ruin the competitive nature of IndyCar with their big bucks.
    That said, Will Power was spot on in his rant about Dario. I loved it! However, I don’t think IndyCar should have charged a penalty against Dario, but once it was levied it should have been applied. I was appalled at the flip-flop nature of IndyCar officials and attributed it to Ganassi throwing his weight around. That he’s getting over on Penske is kind of refreshing because Penske has been doing that for years.
    Where Mr. Judd and Ganassi really should have been leveled a penalty was at Milwaukee. Another team gets a penalty for something similar Dario did, but Ganassi, and his drivers, seem untouchable.
    The non-calls against Ganassi are unconscionable.

    Comment by IcyFog — July 11, 2011 @ 1:34 pm | Reply

  2. Man, that whole deal smelled like a big pile of horse sh*t. And who’s in the middle of it? Ganassi – go figure.

    At least we got to see some personality out of Power.

    Comment by Tony — July 11, 2011 @ 3:53 pm | Reply

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