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.
-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.