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October 10, 2011

Hey Indy Car: Let’s Have Another Split. This Time Make It Epic!

Filed under: The Disciple Blogs — Disciple of INDYCAR @ 7:06 pm

A rumor circulating about the sport claims Randy Bernard is being courted by NASCAR. For what we do not know. If we assume it is even remotely true (and you know what they say about ‘assume’) then an old idea of mine has new merit once again.

The M.O. of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway (and by association the Indy Car Series) with regard to NASCAR has been to wet kiss their backside up one side and down the other, usually with tongues-a-waggin’.  Meanwhile, NASCAR never has second thoughts about poaching sponsors, talent or intellectual property.

I remain a firm advocate of a meaningful ‘split’ in which a second ‘stock’ car series under the sanction of Indy Car is formed. Ideally it would be in partnership with Bruton Smith. Tweaking the France family like that would probably giving him as much of a thrill as chasing skirts 1/3 his age.

My idea remains running the ‘stock’ cars on the same tracks as Indy Cars on the same weekends. Two ‘main events’ if you will. Also run all the rungs on the ladder, including an Indy Car version of the Nationwide deal. Support it with sponsorship and emphasize ovals. Between Bruton’s properties and the independents a viable series could be expanded. Television coverage could also be enhanced given the orientation of most youthful television folks toward ‘stock’ cars.

Randy needs to dig in and think out of the box like this. After all, he turned professional bull riding from a novelty sideshow afterthought into a main event attraction. Why not combine the two most popular forms of auto racing into one venue week after week? There is admittedly not a lot of crossover between fans of each discipline, but each discipline could be evolved to bring the best of both to fans.

Win/win if you ask me.



  1. Stupid idea that will never happen. Nobody has money to burn like Anton did in 1996.

    Editor’s Note: Gee, thanks for sharing. What’s your better idea, Einstein?

    Comment by TroyM — October 10, 2011 @ 7:54 pm | Reply

    • This sounds like a great idea right up until you start asking basic, rational questions like:

      “Why would Bruton Smith spend money on this?”
      “Why would IMS spend money on this? And from where would it come while they cut expenses on Indycar?”
      “What sponsors would want this?”
      “What network would want this?”
      “Why would the fans want this?”
      “Who is going to race in this series and how much are you going to need to put up financially to try and poach them from NASCAR when top guys are making $15-20 million a year?”
      “If anyone saw the split in open wheel and what happened to those properties, why would they want to purposely throw untold millions into a similar venture with stock cars?”
      “Why would splitting the NASCAR fanbase necessarily benefit Indycar?”

      There’s been a few splinter stock car series that have been bandied about over the years and they went absolutely nowhere. The reason no one is considering this is because it is a horrible, horrible idea. Look at all those empty seats at the Brickyard 400. Now imagine the ARCA series filling in for the Cup drivers and how it would do instead. It would be a hilarious thing for them to do, don’t get me wrong. I mean, its not me going into bankruptcy.

      Comment by i think im big meech — October 10, 2011 @ 11:05 pm | Reply

    • Why do you IMS lovers have this passion for being “at war” with other racing entities? Is it lust for power? Or do you just want to destroy all racing in America?

      Editor’s Note: Most real racing fans simply want to preserve the sport.

      Comment by TroyM — October 11, 2011 @ 1:31 am | Reply

      • So how does creating a “split” in stock car racing preserve the sport?

        Editor’s Note: I do not see it as ‘preservation;’ I see it as ‘enhancement.’

        Comment by TroyM — October 11, 2011 @ 1:41 pm

      • How does starting a crappy stock car series while trying to damage NASCAR preserve any sport? Sounds to me like a scorched earth policy: If IMS can’t be successful, no one should be.

        Editor’s Note: I do not see it as ‘preservation;’ I see it as ‘enhancement.’

        Comment by godsonsafari — October 11, 2011 @ 1:45 pm

      • It seems mighty antithetical to me to try and enhance a product by attempting to start a new, cut rate product the public doesn’t want and attach it to that.

        Comment by godsonsafari — October 11, 2011 @ 3:19 pm

  2. Maybe along with your idea, you can make sure the Brickyard 400 is the “crown jewel” of the renegade series. You can move it back to the August date and consider any team owner or driver that doesn’t show up as a “boycotter.” Then you and your ilk can go around proclaiming that Indy makes the stars, and maybe you can even suggest those so-called boycotters just aren’t man enough to compete at your beloved track. Perhaps go back to the old cars and get the guys from ARCA to show up. Claim they are the real men of the sport.

    Comment by TroyM — October 11, 2011 @ 1:46 pm | Reply

  3. Remember when USAC had a stock car series? This would be that all over again. Not worth the trouble.

    Comment by A fan — October 11, 2011 @ 7:55 pm | Reply

  4. It sounds like a great idea. American V8 SuperCar series to accompany Indycar at all the new street and roadcourses. It may show Americans what stockcar racing should be, and they might agree.

    Comment by atb73 — October 15, 2011 @ 1:33 pm | Reply

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