Gordon Kirby and Michael Knight are two Internet writers who had careers in and around the twice-failed cart series. That experience might well be the reason they are left writing propaganda on websites. They epitomize the classless and cackling den of second guessing howlers who remain stuck in a previous decade/century with no apparent plans to vacate.
Knight unleashed a piece that immediately trotted out the type of arrogant smarminess for which that breed is known.
-He takes ‘chatroomers’ to task, implying they are some type of low life. If that is true why worry about them?
-He stereotypes the ‘born and raised in Indiana’ folk who believe the racing universe revolves around the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
-He then positions himself as some sort of analytical savior.
Say what? Uh, Michael, racing in the United States has revolved around the Indianapolis Motor Speedway for one hundred years. Those who fight that fact not only look stupid, but fail. Twice. I know NASCAR is popular, but there would be no NASCAR without IMS.
He, through some unnamed person, chides Randy Bernard as someone who has never had to sit down with the family of a driver who has been killed in a race. That is a correct, if misleading, statement. He has had to sit down with the families of bull riders killed in that sport. He spearheaded safety efforts the entire time he was CEO there.
Knight second guesses the ‘big event’ promotional efforts Bernard implemented for Las Vegas, including:
-Leasing Las Vegas Motor Speedway
-‘Ignoring’ Dario Franchitti’s reference to it as ‘unsuitable.’
-The $5 million prize
-Calling Bernard’s supposed invitation of Alex Zanardi to participate ‘irresponsible and exploitive.’
-Allowing 34 cars to participate with Wheldon in the back.
-Comparing the five lap tribute after Wheldon’s death to a ‘Roman Coliseum spectacle.’
-Whining about two-wide restarts, even though they had nothing to do with Wheldon’s death and were mostly successful all through the season.
Following this agenda-riddled crucifixion of Bernard, he called his Randy’s employment position ‘untenable.’ He then, oddly, takes the PR folks at IMS to task because they do not meet his definition; i.e., the way cart would have handled it, of crisis management. He believes their relative silence reflects a lack of caring.
Finally, he calls for the Hulman-George family to sell the speedway because he views them as unfit as well.
And people call ME crazy in the comment sections of this blog? LOL. I guess it is easy for an Internet pundit without meaningful employment seated on his pompous ass in Arizona to second guess things he clearly does not understand or accept. Perhaps his vast resource gathering skills should be devoted to examining how the Hulman-George family has handled situations like that of Wheldon through the years quietly, behind the scenes and without any fanfare. Perhaps Knight should talk to people with the ability to think independently, or at least families of the deceased. But by all means he should speak with people grounded in the year 2011.
Then, there is Gordon Kirby. His latest bitter missive:
-Chides ‘pack racing.’
-Condemns the new Dallara before it even turns a wheel in competition, second guessing it with someone whose design was rejected. Bruce Ashmore, for all his talent, also comes off looking like a bitter child.
-Propagandizing the glory he felt was cart, complete with high horsepower, braking, and racing in a line instead of in occasional packs.
-Actually mentions things cart did a dozen times.
These continue doing a tremendous disservice to the sport. We all know cart died ignominiously by its own hand, twice. No amount of hand wringing, cheerleading, threatening, bitching, or preaching is ever going to change that or bring it back. It does not matter how such bitter malcontents feel.
I do have to give these flag wavers credit. They are generally more insane and persistent than even the most nutty political radicals making fools of themselves these days. An entirely new gaggle of sub-200 post multiple identity ‘contributors’ have overrun Indy Car forums spouting similar cart-centric nonsense ad nauseum. The sooner these people either die off, retire or perhaps even seek sense, decency and a grounding in reality, the better off the entire sport will be.
Campaigning to turn the clock back is not the answer. It makes people espousing that viewpoint look like religious jihadists completely out of step with a modern world. Kirby, Knight and the handful of loudmouthed cart apologists need to embrace the intent of the ‘unity’ that occurred when the remnants of their failed series was rescued. Let’s move forward together. Not backward against the grain.