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September 30, 2011

Indy Car’s Al, Jr. Falls Off The Wagon Again

Filed under: The Disciple Blogs — Disciple of INDYCAR @ 1:57 am

It is a real bummer when the Indy Car hero of an entire generation of racing fans takes another turn for the stupid. Whether or not alcoholism is a disease or not is a discussion for another forum. The fact that Al, Jr. allegedly got liquored up X2 then not just drove but RACED on a city street goes well beyond foolish.

It is disappointing to realize that all that happy horsesh!t he recently spouted about being clean, sober and close to the Lord who was guiding his path is a fairytale. How many chances at redemption should a recidivist get? As an active Indy Car employee engaged in driver coaching, two-seater driving and race control yes-man’ing the timing of this latest wagon fall is quite unfortunate. Wonder what triggered it this time?

As a lifelong racing fan I love the entire quirky Unser family, warts and all. They are originals, and they own (in a manner of speaking) both Indy and Pikes Peak. This demon with which Al, Jr. is dealing looks like it could easily kill him, perhaps either by liver failure or telephone pole wraparound. Either fate would be unfortunate.

It is the sincere hope of all real racing fans that little Al wins the most important race of his career…the one against self destruction which has begun to lap him.

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September 26, 2011

The Empty Promises of Indy Car Festivals O’ Speed As Ovals Are Cast Aside

Filed under: The Disciple Blogs — Disciple of INDYCAR @ 3:02 pm

The most common mistake those who jerk their knees make when just about any Indy Car discussion breaks out is an automatic assumption that any dissenting thought about any aspect of the sport is related to ‘the split.’ That is tedious. The ‘split’ is long gone, but the class warfare that led to it is going strong. THAT is one of the most serious problems facing the sport.

The heritage of Indy Car, for 100 years, is oval track racing. Over the decades it has taken the form of dirt, boards, asphalt and concrete. Non-oval racing has also mostly always been a component, but mostly always as a sideshow. NASCAR began using the model after moonshiners running from cops went out of style and as Bill France formalized that side of the sport when he built Daytona instead of running cars along beach sand and surrounding roads. It works.

So why has Indy Car talked itself into believing they are no longer valid? They decry lousy attendance at a few but do not do anything meaningful to improve it. One big problem is that with the economy teetering on the brink of catastrophic collapse many folks simply cannot afford to spend a few hundred dollars to attend. This is even evident in NASCAR. At Loudon yesterday for a ‘Chase’ race there were more visible gaps in those stands than in the dental work of a late stage meth addict. Perhaps Jerry Gappens should worry about THOSE gappens. In short, Indy Car talked itself into believing ovals are no longer valid because self serving owners want it that way.

Road racing is a discipline that has a place on the schedule. Even a couple of street ‘festivals o’ speed’ have a place, although the right way to do these things is the way F1 does it in Singapore. Once non-ovals become a majority of the schedule the end of this iteration of Indy Car will soon face extinction. Curt Cavin interviewed Randy Bernard about the state of his tenure over the weekend, and he alluded to the possibility of having fewer ovals.

It is easy to understand how neither Indy Car nor promoters want to lose money, but that suggests the model is broken. Bernard discussed the new model he crafted for Las Vegas that depends heavily on sponsorship Indy Car arranges and not ticket sales to justify the fee they typically charge venues. The season closing event is expected to turn a profit. It is a model he pioneered in bull riding, and one he sees as a possibility in Indy Car. If that is what it takes we should be use it not only to ensure continuance of the great ovals on the schedule but also the return of legitimate ovals that have robbed fans of great racing at venues such as Richmond, Chicagoland, Phoenix and others. Perhaps great ovals like Milwaukee and Loudon would be handled more competently. Ticket prices could be structured to attract fans instead of driving them away.

It is my sincere hope Randy Bernard is smart enough not to be seduced by any hollow ‘pie-in-the-sky’ nonsense about festivals o’ speed on temporary circuits.

September 23, 2011

New Indy Car ‘Partner’ – Same As The Old?

Filed under: The Disciple Blogs — Disciple of INDYCAR @ 6:00 pm

This weekend on Sunday night, the National Football League spotlight will shine squarely upon Indianapolis when the Colts host the Steelers at Lucas Oil Stadium. Last season the open featured (among others) Peyton Manning throwing a football down the main straightaway at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Manning, of course, is out indefinitely and so is that clip.

This weekend, however, Indianapolis is where NBC will be camped out. Wonder whether the clip will return? Wonder whether Indy Car will get any cross-platform love about Kentucky or Vegas during the telecast? Wonder whether any cameras will find their way out to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway for some scene setters after a break? Wonder whether they would mention the new car testing at IMS next week? Most importantly many of us are wondering whether IMS thought to volunteer any of these suggestions to their newest partner in Cable? Wonder whether partnership will mean anything to NBC?

We will soon find out.

September 22, 2011

The Next Big Split in Indy Car: Same Old Philosophical Differences

Filed under: The Disciple Blogs — Disciple of INDYCAR @ 5:39 pm

The next ‘split’ in open wheel racing and the one that will probably finish the sport of big time open wheel off for good is the ovals against non-ovals philosophy. It was a large philosophical part of the 1996 ‘split’ and is just about ready to pop open on its own just in time for 2012. From a cynical yet realistic standpoint it is not difficult to speculate with certainty that Indy Car leadership will once again take the most stupid possible approaches and end up responsible for just allowing it happen.

Predictably, the non-oval crowd blames ticket buyers for not buying enough tickets to oval events. That still does not explain how 35,000 at a non-oval is considered better than 35,000 at an oval. As a ticket buying enthusiast that buys multiple tickets every year our observation is that Indy Car as an organization has all but given up on a compelling presentation of oval racing. They have shrugged their shoulders on drawing a crowd on any days except race days, but the tickets do not really cost any less.

The current iteration of Indy Car management has learned absolutely nothing from history. What they are building has a foundation of sand and will just as certainly collapse as thoroughly as it has the last two times they tried pulling this mind-numbingly foolish stunt. Here is a list of annual events my party (a minimum of four people, every single time) paid money to travel to see, to buy tickets, to buy concessions, to pay for hotel rooms and to otherwise contribute to the coffers of both the tracks and the series…but now are unable (completely against our wishes) to see:

-Richmond

-Pikes Peak

-Chicagoland

-Nashville

-Kansas

-Milwaukee

-Michigan

This does not include sporadic attendance at Fontana, Homestead, Loudon and others. This week we have received the following news:

-Loudon is likely a one and done, just like Milwaukee. That is just egregious. Why wouldn’t quality ovals be given three years to rebuild a crowd? Oh, wait. That would require effort.

-Roger Penske rammed through the multiple, cross-series failure known as Belle Isle the week after the 500. Has anyone asked Eddie Gossage how he feels about this?

-The Weekly World News of racing blogs reports that Laguna Seca will return next season.

My party is left basically with Indy and Kentucky and perhaps Iowa (which we attended this year), and this year Las Vegas. How quickly before we get Kentucky and Texas taken away

over such abject philosophical stupidity? Do you understand that the upper tier of your dwindling fan base is the group that, by far, spends the most money for this type of entertainment?

Indy Car Negotiates With Another Oval Venue

Indy Car management, ovals have not gotten less popular. That is a myth that serves as rationalization for the fundamentally flawed agenda of a group of self serving folks that have never succeeded long term with their preferred type of non-oval endeavor. NASCAR does not have a problem with the oval business model. Why should Indy Car? The open wheel racers certainly put on faster, often more exciting shows.

The solution:  Much better presentation of the oval product on and off the track at competitive prices. Run all the support ladders at every event. In a blog a week or so ago, I laid out several ideas for making ovals more accessible to fans you are unable to entice. Read it and some of the other great ideas floating around. We are tired of lip service and hearing what a good job you believe you do. You need to do much more. Otherwise you deserve the fate that is certain as you continue dumping all ovals but Indy.

September 21, 2011

Indy Car’s Brian Barnhart: Should He Stay Or Should He Go?

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

May as well flog this topic again. The subject is not necessarily about Brian Barnhart per se, but more about a ‘fan’ witch hunt that has metastasized into a torch carrying lynch mob comprised mostly of nitwits making asses of themselves all over the Internet as they demand action of people much smarter than they are.

Many of the barely literate cretins making such demands invariably trot out some nebulous ‘integrity’ card. In order to demand integrity from the series, most of these witch burners probably ought to address their own personal integrity issues first.

It is not that I disagree with the premise of replacing Brian Barnhart; the execution is where my issues lie. In the midst of wading through the juvenile photoshops, the grammar-challenged meandering, the crips/bloods nature of lingering ‘split’ nonsense and the childish use of acronyms, a few of these angst-riddled attention whores actually have valid points. Even fewer manage to express them with something approaching professional eloquence. I simply disagree with the overall execution of the ‘can Barnhart’ agenda.

What these torch toting ‘fans’ fail to realize as they trash forums, Randy Bernard’s Facebook page and the comment sections of any story written on the topic, not to mention tweeting themselves into a short attention span frenzy, is that they themselves are making the sport look foolish, and that is something that we definitely do not need at this juncture. 99% of the idiots offering commentary are no more qualified to do so than an average special needs child.

Does Barnhart need to go as head of Race Control? Probably. But not because loudmouthed fans with delusions of grandeur believe he is inconsistent or stupid or whatever. Part of the problem recently is that more ‘fans’ are watching Race Control decisions than the damned race itself simply to second guess. The Versus crew has been first rate since that deal was signed, but even their critical commentary in an Indianapolis studio in the middle of the night during the Japanese race was far less than professional.

Count me in officially as someone who would like to see a change made in Race Control. Not because I feel Barnhart is incompetent (though I respect the taunting of those who try to prove he is ad nauseum), but because of the roots he has in Indy Car. I do not believe any part of a good old boy network or anything even remotely resembling business-incestuous relationships should enter into any Race Control/rules enforcement role. That function should be completely independent and run on a contract basis by an entity completely independent of Indy Car. In other words, no one who now works for the series should be considered.  It must be completely autonomous. In other words, if Brian Barnhart gets swept out, so should Tony Cotman, Al, Jr., and any other holdover. Clean sweep. Ensure the rule book is also cut and dried with little room for interpretation. That wiggle room inspires much of the ‘fan’ stupidity plundering the Internet.

It is not difficult to imagine Randy Bernard appreciates input on things that lead to aspects like two-wide restarts but shakes his head in disgust when fans try to take over HR functions.  It seems really surprising fans are not all up in arms about the delay in the much ballyhooed and repeatedly promised aero kits. Now THAT smells like something the owners fired and Randy Bernard just swallowed without gagging.  Thus far, at least where fans are concerned, he seems able to separate substance from bullsh!t.

September 20, 2011

The Television Situation for Indy Car And Where We Are Going

Filed under: The Disciple Blogs — Disciple of INDYCAR @ 1:52 am

When an Indy Car television deal was struck with Comcast and Versus a few years ago, the naysayers began cackling en masse. They tripped over one another to decry the deal on a cable channel millions of households could not get. After all Versus had been known as Outdoor Life, and most of its programming involved killing Bambi and watching Lance Armstrong ride a bicycle.

Many of us, however, felt it was ahead of its time. The primary anchor of the re-branded Versus was the NHL, then coming off a period of labor strife that almost killed professional hockey. Astute people could draw many parallels between the NHL and Indy Car. By the time Indy Car came along, the NHL and World Extreme Cagefighting were getting most of the attention. The folks then in charge of the channel trumpeted Indy Car as the next great programming anchor for the channel.

As we fast forward to the present day a big fear is that the Comcast takeover of NBC may present an ESPN-like challenge for Indy Car. The people then in charge of Versus are not in charge of what will become the NBC Sports Channel. The NHL season is just about ready to get underway, and a new deal they signed with NBC will pay it $2 billion dollars over ten years. Much NHL programming will be carried on NBC, but it has been positioned as a primary anchor on Versus/NBC Sports Channel as well.

Randy Bernard and many on the broadcast side of Indy Car heap praise on Sam Flood, who is the Executive Producer of NBC Sports and Versus. He calls the NHL a ‘tentpole property’ and touts being able to leverage relationships and build with the NHL. He also says the relationship ‘. . . started last year in a big way and we think with the production plan and talent we have, we can make this a big jump for the NHL.’

Meanwhile, Indy Car has all but vanished from a promotion standpoint, on the web site and in public discussion. NBC Sports executives tout the NHL and the stick n’ ball offerings they have, just like ESPN. New programming about the NFL is being flogged all over the channel.

One of the most important jobs for Randy Bernard should be to ensure an NHL-like plan of action for Indy Car. It is a more compact season and is easier to manage. The last thing we need is two ESPNs in terms of treatment like a red-headed bastard stepchild. Let’s see what Sam Flood has to say about Indy Car.

I have often wondered whether IMS would consider selling a minority share of Indy Car to an ESPN or an NBC. If either had a vested interest in the success of the series would they treat it with more than begrudging contract fulfillment but no promotion?

September 18, 2011

The Biggest Threat to Indy Car Comes From Within

Filed under: The Disciple Blogs — Disciple of INDYCAR @ 7:41 pm

The one thing about which Randy Bernard harped for months after becoming CEO of Indy Car was that the sport was never going to advance as long as any sort of civil war existed. Thanks for sharing, Mr. Obvious With A Cowboy Hat. I do not know of one person who does not agree in theory. What he and many others fail to grasp is that they cannot simply decree an end to all hostility then automatically expect mutual hugs and affection. The scorched earth remains scarred and scabs keep getting picked open, mostly by those with ties to cart’s past.

At what point do real racing fans who have supported Indy Car regardless of its dysfunctional politics since the first race they ever saw in any year realize their generous, sportsmanlike, conciliatory accommodation afforded those with a distinct preference to the twice defunct cart series has turned into becoming catchers of smarmy arrogance and boorish behavior which a large number of these individuals still continue to foist?

These niche fans never stopped fighting a war of bitter scorched earth they themselves caused, and if actual racing fans remain as complacent as they have throughout the entire period of Bernard happy talk thus far they will be bulldozed under a barrage of selfish ideology by those working hard every day to turn the clock back to 1995 in every possible way. This war is not being prolonged or even fought by Indy Car fans, but they had best realize that war continues anyway, that there are no winners and that the cart contingent must get on the same page as everyone else if there is ever to be an end.

I can sense the knees of Disciple critics far and wide jerking spasmodically, trying to turn the spotlight around and getting brusquely defensive about every word. Mostly, these people would like any opposition to their cause silenced as they impose their will. I believe they have gotten inside Randy Bernard’s head. Why? Here are some reasons:

Go look up Randy Bernard’s page on Facebook. Fans of the twice defunct series actively campaign every single day to return to 1995 and/or try to convert Indy Car to Americanized Euro racing, as evidenced by the following repeatedly expressed sentiments:

-An announcement that standing starts will be considered for road courses. That alone upends 100 years of history. Indy Car invented rolling starts. Attempting to emulate Formula 1 while selling a piece of your soul is neither healthy nor wise. ‘They worked in champcar’ is no reason why they should be included in Indy Car. Visiting a Formula 1 race is fine, but Bernard should not throw away 100 years of history to become a Euro copycat.

-‘Fire Brian Barnhart’ (and every other indirect link to Tony George).

-‘Throw local yellows instead of using ‘safety’ cars.’

-‘The new car sucks.’ ‘Go back to Lolas, Reynards and Swifts.’

-‘Return Laguna Seca, Road America and Cleveland onto the schedule ASAP.’

– Bernard himself saying Indy Car, owners and drivers are all ‘working together.’ That is potentially very dangerous. Drivers would bitch if they were hung with new rope. Owners are interested only in owners and as a group cannot be trusted. I want to know what happened to the ‘fans are most important’ sentiment. That tenet has seemingly vanished. Commiseration with remnants of a group that actively attempted to destroy the entire sport because their egos got hurt is dangerous for everyone. This after being assaulted for a year by Robin Miller.

The leading, officially sanctioned Indy Car fan forum is also complicit in allowing such insidious regression to fester. It is not so much that the proprietor of that site displays such selective intolerance in conjunction with often megalomaniacal tendencies, or even his thinly disguised multiple personality disorder. It is not even that often passionate discussion gets moderated like a kindergarten class. Claiming to push an agenda of peace is noble to be sure; trying to enforce one is both overreaching and impossible. Lambs are being led to slaughter while being forced to sing Kumbaya as if both sides are throwing flowers. They are not. ANY meaningful meaty dissension is rarely tolerated. Yet snarky, counterproductive sentiments like the following appear every single day:

-‘Get rid of two wide restarts.’ ‘The cowboy screwed up.’ ‘Do it like ALMS (another road racing series on the verge of collapse) does it.’

-‘ I still think standing starts are a great way to equalize the starts on road and street courses, I really enjoyed them when ChampCar introduced them and it made for a safer first turn, the sound of 20+ cars revving at the beginning was awesome.’ ‘RB asked drivers at the drivers meeting if they wanted standing starts and it was a unanimous yes.’

-‘ this is painful. The cars look terribly underpowered.’

-More ‘get rid of Brian Barnhart’ (and everything ever associated with Tony George) threads than can be imagined.

-‘ Good Old Days = 1911-1995’

-‘All I want is AOW back.’

Indy Car may have visited Motegi for the final time, but left a stench. The road course got snuck in even though people who were there, including Dario Franchitti, state there was not enough wrong with the oval to justify the switch.

Indy Car fans have compromised for sixteen years. Since the remnants of cart were ‘unified,’ road courses have gone from nearly zero to well over half the schedule. Turbocharged engines return next season. One of the most significant demands involves getting rid of air boxes, primarily because cart never utilized them.

Indy Car fans have bent over whenever asked; cart enthusiasts still stinging from seeing their favorite series kill itself, twice, are subtle about their agenda but remain engaged in jihad to turn the clock back. They remain utterly convinced that a reconstitution of 1995 will cure all real or perceived problems and will bring with it millions more fans and ratings exactly like they were twenty years ago. They might as well promise sex with 72 virgins because in reality that is just as likely. They are willing to compromise provided everything is returned to exactly the way it was in 1995.

The courtesy extended by Indy-centric fans to those who boycotted is not mutual. Whenever Indy Car fans suggest a desire for more ovals and/or values aligned more closely with USA-based Indy Car they are often vilified as stuck in the past, impediments, haters or worse.

Tactics being used could well kill the sport. The problem, in actual reality, aside from the way in which the world has evolved, was that the legends of the sport, all of them, retired at more or less the exact same time. That time corresponded with NASCAR’s rise to prominence. The legends will never be back, and the next thing for which fans must prepare is the legends dying off. Owners who still want control have no clue about building new legends (notable exceptions lately include John Barnes), preferring instead to take checks from Euro-centric road racers primarily qualified by wallet instead of right foot.

The series has been going through the motions with regard to ovals for the past few years, but has been enthusiastically supportive of non-ovals. 35,000 people at an oval is considered a reason to dump it from the schedule. 35,000 at a non-oval means support is overwhelming and guarantees longevity. That is disingenuous, as is Bernard’s pledge to keep venues in a 50/50 balance.

Randy Bernard’s biggest problem at the moment mirrors that of every other leader of Indy Car. Recent actions threaten to alienate the last remaining group of fans not already shut out. Patient Indy Car fans who have supported the sport since before cart was white papered into existence may not have the strength to fight the battle any more. If the sport is allowed to regress instead of evolve the people who are allowing it to happen deserve what they will get.

September 15, 2011

Indy Car $5 Million Challenge: Doom and Gloom or More Great Marketing?

Filed under: The Disciple Blogs — Disciple of INDYCAR @ 3:22 pm

Just when you think the loudmouthed handful of darkly Indy Car-obsessed cart idiot critics cannot get any more depraved, out they come with their latest prediction of doom for the Indy Car Series. This time their angst is squarely focused on Randy Bernard’s $5 million offer to non-regulars who race at Vegas and only if they win. In other words, the money was probably always going to be safe. Problem is, no one stepped forward, and unsurprisingly neither Chip nor Roger decided to take one for the team. Therefore, in the deluded minds of those who have spent the past decade and a half waiting impatiently for Indy Car to fail, this latest event means (as it always does to them):

-Randy Bernard has failed and will soon be gone

-The collapse of Indy Car is imminent

Meanwhile, back in the land of actual reality, Randy Bernard has secured Indy 500 winner and walking marketing tool Dan Wheldon to participate, and in the event he wins a lucky fan gets $2.5 million. The value of the marketing raw data Indy Car will acquire through the sign-up process is also significant. There will probably also be close to 30 cars entered as well.

Predictably the childish naysayers always harken back to their same flawed argument. ‘Indy Car is not like it was during the heyday in 1990.’ Guess what? Not much is. Especially:

-the newspaper business

-Bennigans

-incandescent light bulbs

-hot girls named ‘Betty’

-Borders book stores

-attention spans

…and that is just for starters.

In other words, no matter how much these floor-fit-throwing cretins stink up the sport with juvenile antics 1990 will never come back. 1990 is nostalgic, and that is how it should be treated. If these people had even a minimum amount of maturity their focus would be on how to enhance the sport as it exists today in the context of 2011.

It is beyond any reasonable scope of understanding trying to comprehend the complete uselessness of nearly continuous whining about what these people believed they had in their short-lived utopia 20 or 25 years ago. The more defensive knee-jerkers of that bunch will certainly be around to pollute the comment section with barely literate tirades of diversion, and none will address anything they should; i.e., positive contributions. They act solely on emotion without the benefit of intellect.

I personally believe the Indy Car family has mostly great people who work for teams or are fans. But like all large families there are a few alcoholic uncles, criminals and mentally deficient little kids running loose. Perhaps we need a special home for such social outcasts. It could be used to control what I like to call Championship Addict Rehabilitation Tantrums.

It is probably time to do what any real fan would. Get ready for the last three races of the season and prepare for another great one in 2012. Indy Car has survived for another year and its second century is underway.

September 13, 2011

The Indy Car Cowboy Rides Again

Filed under: The Disciple Blogs — Disciple of INDYCAR @ 9:07 am

There was/is a debate somewhere along the Internet in which the merits of the nickname ‘cowboy’ for Randy Bernard are discussed. Is it complimentary or derogatory? Consensus seems to be that in his case it is a good thing. After all, they say, he was the driving force behind the Professional Bull Riders Association, and that is loaded with honest to goodness cowboys. It is considered complimentary when Tony Stewart is referred to as ‘Smoke’ or when Tom Sneva gets called the ‘gas man.’ Nicknames can be great when used in the proper spirit.

On the other hand, when jealous, 2nd grade level youthful enthusiasts use the moniker it seems greasy. Much like ‘sagamoron,’ ‘lucky sperm recipient’ or ‘FTG’ for his predecessor. They also refer to Randy in other less gracious ways, including ‘rodeo clown’ and ‘bullsh!tter.’ Any member of the Hulman-George family, whether blood relative or not, is also unspared in the delinquency department.

Much of that type of behavior is predictable. Some ‘fans’ never stop being three years old. I remain glad Indy Car has a CEO who pounds the pavement unrelentingly every week drumming up business and support.

Hopefully he gets to continue, despite the anchor that is the parent company. Perhaps he will fix the month-long gap between races in the USA that will make most casual fans forget all about Indy Car now that the NFL is back in season. I do not suspect many will be up this weekend in the middle of the night watching the Japanese switcheroo.

September 9, 2011

More Disciple Psycho Indy Car Ranting Before The Momentum Killing Japan Excursion

Filed under: The Disciple Blogs — Disciple of INDYCAR @ 1:00 pm

By now regular readers fully understand my stance on temporary street circuits. What many do not understand is my rationale. As a result many such knee jerkers go overboard in their over the top criticism, much like their condemnation of Brian Barnhart before facts (not their interpretation of events) are known. Most are cart revivalists who are more tuned in to Formula 1 anyway. More about that in a moment.

Many of us casually dismissed as ‘gomers’ or ‘kool-aid slurpers’ (or worse, usually involving something scatological) actually do not mind an occasional street circuit. Long Beach has Michaelian’d its way into a legacy event despite two separate suicides of the cart-centric series that began there. St. Pete offers a beachy respite right after winter, and it appears that if the dysfunctional promoting group behind the Baltimore Grand Prix can keep pulling wool over the eyes of politicians and constituents they might get an event that lasts for more than three years. Despite popularity in Canada they can’t seem to come up with a proper course so we’re stuck with temporary circuits in Toronto and perhaps Edmonton, which is quite shaky.

It is easy to appreciate the precision driving required to compete on a walled, narrow circuit of bumpy city streets. It is cool to see ONCE IN A WHILE. My biggest problem is lack of balance. Randy Bernard committed to a balanced schedule, a commitment that rapidly became an outright lie. At the moment the schedule is NOT balanced, and it appears it may never be again. The same people responsible for the self immolation, twice, of cart are now heavily influencing the direction of Indy Car today. They even have an ex-cart official making money on the side designing street circuits. This is NOT acceptable.

It does not help that typically arrogant Formula 1 squatters who consistently believe their feces have no fragrance seem to have an obsessed hobby of bashing Indy Car for no apparent reason. These people either need to go or grow up. We get that they also enjoyed cart before it killed itself. Twice. Then got bailed out by IMS. The one thing we cannot afford is any reconstitution of cart. We need a truly, meaningfully balanced Indy Car that keeps Indy at the center. We need series management that will put as much effort into an oval as they do for a non-oval.

This is not balanced (credit to my pal Grover):

-33% Road Races
-33% Street Festivals
-33% Airport Circuits

-Two weeks at Indy to pay for it.

This IS balanced:

-50% oval (bare minimum; 65% would be better….and a doubleheader at a track is NOT two ovals)

-50% non-oval, which includes road courses, street circuits and airports.

Randy Bernard must never lose sight of this. If he does he and Indy Car is doomed to fail, just like cart.

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