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October 23, 2011

Indy Car, Dan Wheldon and Fans One Week Later

Filed under: The Disciple Blogs — Disciple of INDYCAR @ 11:45 pm

This past weekend marked an intimate remembrance of a great Indy Car champion. Dan Wheldon was remembered in his adopted hometown of St. Petersburg at his funeral, and at a large memorial service at Conseco Fieldhouse in Indianapolis. It was all classy, dignified and memorable. Some great stories were told too.

In the week that has passed since his fatal accident, the sport of Indy Car has been under relentless attack, usually by meddling malcontents usually completely disconnected from the sport. This is unfortunate. Part of the criticism is predictable and originates from within Euro-centric road racing enthusiasts, whose main screech involves close racing on 1.5 mile ovals. Other criticism emanates from people who have barely, if ever, even seen an Indy Car race. These meddlers run the gamut from completely clueless bloggers like Megan Greenwell (has never seen an Indy Car event) to reputable publications like the New York Times. They published a story by Ken Belson and Jerry Garrett that is basically a hatchet job on Randy Bernard. They claim there are ‘racing executives’ working for his ouster, presumably to return the sport to the stellar way it has always been run. LOL. Anyone working toward getting rid of Randy Bernard probably ought to be careful about their wishes, and probably get their heads examined.

This weekend saw the tragic, graphic death of another racer. Marco Simoncelli was a star in the MotoGP world, and he lost his life in a brutal collision in Malaysia on the second lap of a subsequently cancelled event. People outside the racing community did not hear about this one. It did not lead the news. It did not inspire the harsh cackling of critics decrying ‘that kind of racing.’ It did not force howls that drivers be enclosed or that close racing should be banned or that motorcycles should be completely re-engineered.  There was no venue slamming or calling management decisions into question.

Wouldn’t it be refreshing if Indy Car was allowed to work through their own issues without second guessing from mostly idiots? It won’t get any easier for Randy Bernard. On Monday he holds a drivers only summit.

The important thing for awhile is simply remembering the joy Dan Wheldon brought to the sport. That is really all that matters for actual fans of Indy Car.



  1. It’s true that the pundits who don’t know anything about Indycar look like idiots. At least we can confirm that Indycar still means something to mainstream America. I think that is important.

    Comment by Bill — October 24, 2011 @ 5:52 pm | Reply

  2. Dario left the meeting telling reporters that Randy has FULL support from the drivers. Dario also said it was very unfair to blame Randy.

    When seeing what Randy has accomplished, especially without a blank check from Hulman and company, only those who covertly want to see IndyCar go away talk and publish this trash. Anyone that backs the sport supports Randy.

    I think the aricle from the times was mistitled.

    Comment by Mike Miller — October 24, 2011 @ 6:49 pm | Reply

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