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October 28, 2011

Indy Car And Religion…Do They Mix?

Filed under: The Disciple Blogs — Disciple of INDYCAR @ 11:06 am

The other day the folks at Kingdom Racing got up in their Internet pulpit and started preaching about ‘God’s will’ with regard to the Dan Wheldon death at Las Vegas. The gist, among all the flowery bible passages and such, was that Dan’s accident resulted because God wanted it to. I am a person who believes any other person should believe whatever they choose to believe, and I tend to give religious pontificators a wide berth no matter how over the top they go. It is a supposedly free country and folks are free to worship whatever real or imagined character strikes their fancies.

I cannot help but believe, however, that anyone who takes their beliefs to such extremes belong in the same general category as any other zealot; e.g., 1995 flat earthers who have spent the better part of the last twenty years deriding Indy Car with stereotypes such as ‘stab-and-steer,’ 1.5 ovals are evil, Tony George is evil, etc.

My opinion is that if there was a ‘God’ Dan Wheldon would still be walking around. Too many people confuse fate with religion. If there was a God many horrible accidents would not have occurred. Eddie Sachs would be an elder statesman.  Vitor Miera would have a ride with Penske. Panther would win more races. Rahal Letterman would be full time. cart enthusiasts would grow up. Catch fencing systems would evolve the way concrete walls have. There are hundreds of things that would be easier.

In short, if there was a God who is supposedly so loving the entire world would not be such an inhospitable place. In terms of racing, I want a God who also enjoys dicey, green flag racing from start to finish with no accidents but lots of drama, a variety of winning drivers and teams, camaraderie with other racing fans, consumption of a variety of beverages and food that is not great for you, plenty of shade with no rain, and ample teats flopping about in as free a fashion as they can get, preferably attached to something attractive and proportionate.  How can God’s will include cellulite-riddled fat gals waddling around race tracks who somehow believe they look good in spandex and halters? Or their boyfriends/husbands who choose not to wear shirts?

No wonder religious people constantly strive for that ever elusive eternal reward.



  1. The great thing about auto racing is the invocation before a race. Because it is dangerous, we are much more aware of things eternal. You might as well ask why 3 year olds get cancer. Not even a sparrow falls without God knowing about it. So if it was Dan Weldon’s time to go, none of our pontificating would change a thing. If we take chances in life, is God supposed to intervene everytime something goes wrong? We do have free will after all. Imagine if He banned auto racing in the eleventh commandment to keep us from getting killed. You would be the first to write a blog complaining about it!

    We make the world what it is. If its inhospitable, we did it. By the way, that is the whole meaning behind the Gospel. Why God invented wacky liberals, shirtless hillbillies, and fat women? Perhaps in the end that is our fault too. The 1995 flat earthers? Too scary to contemplate.

    Comment by Bob F. — October 28, 2011 @ 12:41 pm | Reply

  2. I’d share with you the Doctrine of Original Sin, but I fear you think I was referring to Dan Gurney’s White Paper. 🙂

    You’ll be in my prayers, Disciple.

    Comment by Zachary — October 28, 2011 @ 1:00 pm | Reply

  3. Typical atheist/agnostic argument, “If God exists why do bad things happen?”. Then including a pic of the Westboro Baptist cult followers as if they are the face of Christianity was low. Very low. I enjoy your race related posts and the heated debates they create. Stick to that.

    Comment by Tony — October 28, 2011 @ 1:02 pm | Reply

    • It always surprises me that when Westboro Baptist is discussed, it
      is never mentioned that Fred Phelps is a registered Democrat.

      Comment by Chris — October 31, 2011 @ 3:36 pm | Reply

  4. Taking on organized religion should be fairly simple after your years of battling CART fans.

    Comment by redcar — October 28, 2011 @ 1:04 pm | Reply

  5. Awesome. Thanks very much, Defender/Disciple.

    Comment by CR — October 28, 2011 @ 3:32 pm | Reply

  6. I agree with all that was said by Bob F. I love the fact that God has given me something to be so passionate about (IndyCar). While it was tough to see Danny be taken away it’s also a blessing to know that God gave him 33 years here on Earth. I’m a firm believer that God had a will for Dan and God was pleased with what his son did with that time here. I long so much for you to expierence God’s presence and love like I do on a daily basis. I’m glad we can share the same passion for open wheel racing.

    Comment by Ryan Johnson — October 30, 2011 @ 1:03 am | Reply

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