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October 12, 2011

Indy Car: Welcome Back Chevy (Along With All The Baggage)

Filed under: The Disciple Blogs — Disciple of INDYCAR @ 3:56 pm

The strings have been attached to all of Mr. Bernard’s appendages. The best we can hope for may be that he does not get tangled up as the various puppeteers controlling them wobble him to and fro. It is absolutely great that Chevy has returned to Indy Car. They belong in the sport. Hopefully they will make the most of this opportunity this time.

Today Roger Penske and Chevrolet formally announced that as part of Chevy’s return to Indy Car there will be another temporary circuit ‘festival o’ speed’ immediately following the Indianapolis 500 on what Chevrolet calls the ‘picturesque’ Belle Isle, which is actually a rat-infested parcel of land in Detroit. General Motors rarely listens to its customers, which is the primary reason they have been nearly teats up as a company for many years. Belle Isle is no exception. That won’t showcase a product. It will only showcase corporate excess and public drunkenness. If they really wanted to listen to fans and showcase their product they would schedule a 500 mile race at Michigan International Speedway. Anyone get a sound bite from Eddie Gossage by the way?

Randy has sounded an optimistic note in that 48 new Dallaras have been ordered along with expectations of 25 to 28 cars on the grid on average next season. Those prone to worrying about things should probably direct their angst toward Lotus. It looks more and more as if that fantasy is a DOA wet dream. From a practical standpoint we need to figure out either who replaces that effort (Judd badged as Judd or something else) or whether Chevy and Honda can absorb all the teams that need motors. And has any work been underway to eventually replace Firestone? It’s not like that will sneak up on anyone.

Meanwhile, out bags are packed for Vegas, and if you are also on your way we’ll see you there!



  1. I love Detroit, and Belle Isle is a picturesque, scenic location for a race.
    However as a true race fan, I’d rather see an oval race at Michigan International Speedway. Not sure I agree with you about the length though, maybe 400 miles instead of 500.

    Comment by IcyFog — October 12, 2011 @ 4:12 pm | Reply

  2. Oh and I never saw any rats when I was there.

    Comment by IcyFog — October 12, 2011 @ 4:16 pm | Reply

  3. Oh, well…Another street parade. Having seen Cavin’s version of the 2012 schedule, looks like it’s CART II1/2. If we make III, the world explodes.

    Comment by SkipinSC — October 13, 2011 @ 12:15 am | Reply

  4. We all know that street races will get the IRL more $$ than a real race track, lets hope that we do find a coupe of new ovals for 2012, God knows we sure need them.

    Here’s hoping the number 38 wins Sunday.

    Comment by rosco — October 13, 2011 @ 10:02 pm | Reply

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