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November 30, 2011

The Broom Comes Out At Indy Car Headquarters

Filed under: The Disciple Blogs — Disciple of INDYCAR @ 3:07 pm

The IZOD Indy Car Series made some major changes at the top of the organization this week. Terry Angstadt is out of a job, and Brian Barnhart is out of Race Control. This is good news to some and not so good to others. On the one hand, Angstadt brought a lot of new dollars into the series. On the other they were mostly street festivals o’ speed in far flung destinations; e.g., China killing the entire month of August when competition for eyeballs is minimal. Under Angstadt the Indy Car Series has completely forgotten how to deal with oval venues, preferring instead to make excuses about them ‘not working’ any more. Oddly, NASCAR makes them work almost every weekend.

Barnhart was relieved of Master Control responsibility, something that makes critics of all backgrounds happier. He has been offered a position elsewhere in the organization.

So are these moves good or bad? They are dovetailed on top of a lot of personnel sweeping that has occurred at 16th and Georgetown in recent weeks. Optimistic viewpoint positions Randy Bernard finally asserting the kind of leadership that has been expected by putting his own team in place. Pessimistic viewpoint indicates that Angstadt and Barnhart were the last high level links to Tony George, and given recent events that make Bernard look like a deer in headlights in public it is not difficult to fear the worst about the legacy road racers who have wanted the money and control for decades. In many ways they have assimilated themselves into Bernard’s noggin and are now controlling his puppet strings. Will he be just another Chris Pook, Joe Heitzler or Andrew Craig, or does he really have the testicles to forge his own way independently? Time will tell.

Which brings us back to the personnel changes. Have the cartiers lost the battle but won the war? How will these personnel changes affect an oval/non-oval schedule balance? Who is going to run Race Control? Another former cart employee? What has/will Bernard done/do to forge the identity of the Indy Car Series of the future? Will the clock simply continue to be turned back to 1995, or will the series finally go forward independently and profitably?

This silly season is even better than the one last year. It certainly has the racing community all abuzz in the downtime.

November 29, 2011

What I Want For Christmas From Indy Car

Filed under: The Disciple Blogs — Disciple of INDYCAR @ 1:56 pm

Well, other than full length videos of every Indy Car race since television was invented (which I will buy…)

The 2012 schedule is the big Christmas wish from the IZOD Indy Car Series. Preferably with the promised mix of ovals and non-ovals. Unclear is the holdup that is delaying release. The most commonly heard reason is the Wheldon crash investigation. I am not sure why. What happened in Vegas seemed pretty clear to me. The subterfuge and obfuscation being offered by the road racers now trying to 1979 the series all over again should be set aside and should have no bearing on the makeup of the new schedule.

The critics are getting desperate. The propaganda campaign being waged by those who were welcomed back and minions who made their living in one portion of the past are still desperate to turn back the clock. These actions are in many ways more grotesque than the sordid excuse the Wheldon accident gave them. Many of them are openly questioning whether Randy Bernard should stick around. So much for ‘unity’ Randy.

It is my hope the delay is related to negotiations with oval venues. A schedule top-heavy with non-ovals puts us on a certain course to failure and irrelevancy. Given the laughable financial outcome of the Baltimore Grand Prix, the imminent failure of the Formula 1 event in Austin before any pavement is laid and the fact that road racing has never been anything more than a sportsman niche in this country, who in their right mind believes non-ovals are the way to go for most of the races? The excuse ‘they go where they can make the most money’ does nothing to grow the sport, particularly when public entities are left holding empty bags after the transporters leave.

So Indy Car…don’t cave to the usual suspects. Blaze a course and leverage the promotion skills Randy brings to the table. Let him do his thing without trying to exert pressure that is mostly related to self interests. Everyone can get rich if they play their cards right. Glorified club racing is not the way to go.

On a related note, when will the ladder system start functioning as it should? Why doesn’t the 2010 Lights Champion have a ride? Why are all the rungs of the ladder road racing series? When will an oval ladder series or two get added? The future direction needs to incorporate the diverse philosophy that has been espoused. The plans need to come to fruition.

Happy Holidays from the Disciple group of Indy Racing fans.

November 20, 2011

Indy Car Direction: A Cynically Realistic Point of View

Filed under: The Disciple Blogs — Disciple of INDYCAR @ 2:19 pm

Ever since the formula wannabe road racing crowd was formally allowed back into the Indy Car house, no strings attached, early in 2008 most of them have spent an inordinate amount of time basically crapping where they eat. One of the things they gripe about more frequently than just about anything else is 1.5 mile ovals. When the unfortunate Dan Wheldon accident occurred, they pounced on it to advance their agenda more quickly than a horde of vultures on road kill.

Despite consistently flowery lip service we always receive from the management of the series the numbers do not lie regarding current direction:

2006: 11 ovals / 3 Road and street
2007: 12 ovals / 5 Road and street
2008: 11 ovals / 6 Road and street (‘unification’ year)
2009: 10 ovals / 7 Road and street
2010: 8 ovals / 9 Road and street
2011: 7 ovals / 10 Road and street
2012: 4-5 ovals / 11-12 Road and street

Another thing also making many long term fans sick and tired is the self-defeating attitude of those trying their hardest to be overly pragmatic in their enabling of such house crappers. This is usually manifested in statements like ‘….well, they need to make money right now to fund a balanced schedule later.’ I call bullshit. No one likes to lose money, but Indy Car is nowhere near as destitute as its critics attempt to position it.

It is also getting very tedious listening to claims ovals no longer work. That is also nonsense. The top two reasons oval attendance has suffered are:

-Indy Car has not put serious promotional effort into any of them except Las Vegas for at least three years.

-Jacking around with highly erratic scheduling of them makes it impossible for people to get into a habit and plan to attend.

There are a host of smaller things as well, including uninspired presentation, inconsistent ancillary events, stupid pricing policies and exclusion of fans from an all encompassing experience at the track without robbing them of even more money.

One thing Bruton Smith has done at Las Vegas that should be mandatory at every track is the fan zone in the infield that allows views inside garages at little to no cost. That is an example of fan friendliness.

The Indy Car cause is not helped when the series is continuously hammered by ignorant writers who find themselves outside looking in. Anthony Schoettle, for example, singlehandedly defiles the otherwise great reputation of the Indiana Business Journal with nearly continuous negative speculation about Indy Car. Part of his orientation can be blamed on his youth and inexperience, but the Enquirer-like nature of the writing from that ilk adds far too much sleaze.

 

Indy Car Road Racers Offer Their Opinions About Oval Racing

But I digress. With regard to 1.5 mile ovals, the overreaction by the house crappers to the unfortunate conclusion to the season continues to be ridiculous. I find it incomprehensible that venues such as Texas are considered to be on the chopping block. That is INSANE. Robin Miller reported on Speed that the VP of Engineering for Indy Car (another former cart person) is working with team engineers to come up with a ‘solution’ to this ‘problem’ the house crappers believe we have. Here’s an idea. Go back and watch recordings of Texas from the late 1990s through the early 2000s. Once we endured snide commentary about their perceived inferiority of the IRL we would inevitably be led back to the ‘we need higher horsepower and lower downforce’ argument. That actually does have merit, but before we change the formula again is it not worth seeing how three engine manufacturers with turbos handle it? Perhaps wait until the destitute owners can afford the aero kits, which also might make a difference? Or settling on a tire manufacturer (or two) long term? We already know the spec nature of Indy Car is being phased out.

Balance, Randy. Balance. An equal number of ovals (including 1.5 mile ovals) and non-ovals. Make it happen for 2012. 


November 17, 2011

The Indy Car Anti-Oval Witch Hunt Continues Unabated

Filed under: The Disciple Blogs — Disciple of INDYCAR @ 12:40 am

In a Speed TV column by Marshall Pruett in which he interviewed Sebastien Bourdais, the ongoing cart holdover propaganda campaign to purge the ‘unified’ Indy Car Series of all 1.5 mile ovals was reinforced in an over-the-top way.

Right off the bat we were set up for wailing ahead:

-‘Pack Racing’ is evil.

-‘Close racing on 1.5 mile ovals’ is evil.

Sebastien offered: ‘Before, I had big reservations about the one-and-a-half [mile ovals] and now I think we will never see that type of racing again. That takes a big chunk of the risk out of the equation and makes everything a lot better. After what happened, I don’t think we can go back to the way it used to be.’ What is this ‘we’ nonsense, Sebastien? You know, I really do not care what Euro-centric road racers think about Indy Car ovals.

‘At the end of the day, what we’ve not seen on the one-and-a-half [mile ovals] is racing. It’s [an aerodynamic] drag contest. Oval racing should be about drivers driving cars at the limit.’

There is a hell of a big difference between the positioning being attempted with the reality of oval racing. ‘Pack racing’ does not necessarily equal ‘close racing.’ One of the few valid points Bourdais laments is the more or less equal racing that results when all the equipment is the same. The high point of Indy Cars on ovals in recent years regularly unfolded at places like Texas and Chicagoland. Then again, the cars were not equal (at one time the IRL featured three chassis and multiple motors) and the close racing we saw was not exactly ‘pack racing.’ Yet here we are, approaching 2012, and the same owners who also foster such whacko beliefs are crying poverty about new, more evolved equipment. They managed to cry enough to delay aero kits a year and are paying double for the same old tires. Other than motors, everyone will continue driving the same cars. Perhaps Sebastien ought to be whining at owners and not Indy Car.

Sebastien ‘wants Texas replaced with a smaller oval.’ Actual Indy Car fans do not. That would be stupid. We want Texas SUPPLEMENTED with smaller ovals. Here’s an idea…you do not want to race at Texas? DON’T SHOW UP. Easy. That would not be an unprecedented move among his ilk.

Bourdais finishes with a flourish: ‘And all of these closest [oval] finishes in history… Let’s cut the crap. This is not racing. This is not what I want to see from oval racing. Maybe that kind of danger is what some people came to watch, like the ‘big one’ they talk about in NASCAR. Well, truth is, if you want to see a ‘big one’ in IndyCar racing, you’re going to be witness to a killing. And I don’t think that’s what IndyCar wants. They have a big decision ahead of them, and I hope they make the right one. Tragedies make people wake up and I hope nobody forgets this.’

How about you and your pals cutting the crap, Sebastien? No Indy Car fan I know wants to see any driver hurt or killed. That is not why anyone in their right mind watches Indy Cars. Indy Car fans love ovals, and 1.5 mile ovals will always have a place regardless of the shrieking hysteria unleashed by fear mongering road racers. We DO, however, enjoy seeing close racing with action throughout the field. That has rarely been a problem for professional drivers.

I want the cart crowd to stop trying to gut Indy Car of its very essence. Lose Texas!? Are you out of your goddamned mind? We need to make damned sure Chicagoland returns and that Kentucky is renewed and treated with the respect it deserves.

Cotman, Angstadt and crew also need to stop chasing temporary circuits. That is a long term approach that is no win. This anti-oval frenzy must cease immediately. It has gone well beyond reasonable. It is utterly sickening to see the same idiots trying to topple the sport in such grotesque, self-serving ways. If we are unified, let us work toward BALANCE. An equal number of ovals of all sizes with an equal number of non-ovals. NOT 33% oval/33%road courses/34% temporary circuits, which is a formula for failure. History proves it.

November 16, 2011

Are The Caretakers Of Indy Car And The IMS Legacy Qualified To Have The Responsibility?

Filed under: The Disciple Blogs — Disciple of INDYCAR @ 11:17 am

IMS recently sent a survey to some of their customers asking the question of whether Indy Cars should run the road course originally designed for Formula 1. No word on what the results are, but denials they are considering doing that were quick to follow.

If they are not considering it why would they even ask the question?

Besides, Indy Cars test on that course already. The official stance of purists decry such a possibility, figuring running more than one Indy Car race at the track would dilute the main event. As long as Indy Car suffers from its current relative lack of popularity that is a legitimate fear. Look no further for proof than NASCAR venues that have two Cup events. Most NASCAR events these days have glaring holes where people once sat.

Here’s an idea for IMS: Get Formula 1 back and have them run the road course. They could even run the old snakepit moto-chicane if they are still too nervous about turn one backwards. It appears the Austin deal is on the verge of collapse after Texas told the organizers money is no longer available, and the New Jersey street deal is still nothing more than a wet dream at this point. Absence makes the heart grow fonder; the crowd would probably be huge.

The move toward non-oval racing and non-balance continues to be troubling, but given the inmates actually running the asylum behind the scenes is hardly surprising. After all, the entire ladder that has been constructed consists of road racing formulas, and enthusiasts of that genre have infiltrated many high levels of management at IMS and Indy Car.

The last remaining group of Indy Car fans not yet completely alienated by Indy Car direction is about to be, particularly when a 70/30 or 80/20 schedule filled with non-ovals is officially released. We’re tired of weak excuses about ‘lack of oval popularity’ and other such nonsense self-fulfilling prophecy. They need to put their money where their mouths are and provide a balanced schedule. For the 2012 season.

November 11, 2011

Indy Car: One Step Forward, Two Steps Back

Filed under: The Disciple Blogs — Disciple of INDYCAR @ 12:18 pm

Indy Car leadership has the right idea about making Indy Car a global brand and should be congratulated. All those Terry Angstadt travel expenses may make the series some serious money. After all, it is easier to find governmental entities willing to throw in millions for a vig in far flung countries than in US cities. Ask the mayor of Baltimore how much flak she has taken since they ran an Indy Car festival o’ speed there.

It is not difficult to agree with the selection of China or a vibrant city of 8.7 million people there. The primary problems, as always, involve the complete lack of bigger picture business sense on display once again by Indy Car ‘leadership.’

-The very best time to build attention for the Indy Car brand on the continent that holds Indy is NOT during football season. Why, then, would Indy Car decide to take the entire series completely out of commission for a month to take two weeks to travel to China, run a parade, then travel two more weeks coming back WHEN IT IS NOT FOOTBALL SEASON!? That defies logic. Can’t these offshore money grabs occur when folks domestically are not going to watch anyway? What would be wrong with having a festival o’ speed in late September or early October in China? August ought to be a month when there is a race on this continent EVERY WEEKEND. How many pundits are going to travel to China to cover Indy Car? LOL.

-A 3.87 mile temporary street circuit? Really? That ought to send chills up and down the spines of all viewers in the middle of the night when it’s not football season.

Here are some venues my party used to attend every single year that we can’t now, because some feel it is more important to go global and remove the single most important part of the season for travel to the other side of the planet:

Michigan
Chicagoland
Kansas
Pikes Peak 
Possibly Kentucky
Nashville
Milwaukee
Las Vegas
Richmond

For every advancement Indy Car takes, another appendage gets shot off. It would be nice if leadership added common sense to business acumen.

November 10, 2011

The Current Direction of Indy Car Is Turning Scary

Filed under: The Disciple Blogs — Disciple of INDYCAR @ 12:25 pm

Becoming beholden to Indy Car owners has never worked for anyone. Not Andrew Craig. Not Joe Heitzler. Not Chris Pook. Not anyone. Not even when they picked one of their own, Bobby Rahal. As a result, my advice is for Randy Bernard to take his head out of their collective arse and get back to independent, IMS-centric thought. And stop being so chummy with drivers.

The relationship with owners needs to be tense. Not cozy. The smartest thing Robin Miller ever said to Randy Bernard was never to trust owners because all of them are snakes. That may be a bit of a stretch but history has repeatedly shown an owner-alignment in running the series usually turns out to be disastrous.

Now that we have experienced the worst thing a racing community can, the rumored knee-jerking is over the top. There is talk of:

-No more 1.5 mile ovals

-As few as 3 or 4 ovals on the schedule

-Canopies on the race cars

Come on. 1.5 mile ovals have been in the DNA of Indy Car since the mid-1990s. The oval racing heritage of Indy Car goes back a century. The leadership and ownership needs to remember what built the sport.

Canopies on high speed open wheel race cars only mean there will be additional unusual ways in which drivers could die. My thought is that fences should be enhanced as walls were with SAFER. There are enough creative minds to solve the fence problem. Logic would seem to dictate that the first thing tracks should do is place the steel posts on the grandstand side of the mesh instead of the track side.

When will the 2012 schedule be released officially?

November 3, 2011

More Free Indy Car Series Advice For Building The Sport

Filed under: The Disciple Blogs — Disciple of INDYCAR @ 10:57 pm

The biggest pillar in open wheel racing for 100 years has been the Indianapolis 500. In recent years events both leading up to it and following it have been a mishmash of venues that come and go. This year the big oval was the first of that venue type run. Indy Car can, and should, do better. What follows are a couple of ideas.

May is also a big month in and around Memphis. The Beale Street Blues Festival runs early in the month, and the ‘super bowl’ of barbecue competitions, Memphis in May, runs the rest of the month. Would it not be great to make the small, flat oval nearby, Memphis International Raceway, a great lead-in to the month of May activities in Indy? Opportunities for tie-ins, joint marketing and event promotion seem potentially great. The track is equipped with SAFER, is flat and wide, and does not have any of the banking feared by the road racers currently occupying the series. It is also under new ownership after Dover Motorsports allowed it to languish. Memphis fills a nice geographic hole and could build many new fans. If Indy is not going to open on the first day of May, why not run an oval race in Memphis the first weekend and start a great new tradition?

What better way to build an Indy buzz? It beats a street race in Brazil. Indy deserves it.

Another venue almost everyone agrees is great, from drivers to owners to fans, is the Milwaukee Mile. That event this year was a disaster, based mostly on the cockamamie way it was promoted. There are other problems as well. If that venue is ever to succeed again it needs corporate support and competent promotion. That is difficult given the way the track is constructed (and operated), not to mention the bad taste those spending the money now have. Some corporate entity needs to be sold naming rights to the entire facility, then proceeds used to modify the big modern grandstand along the straight. Suites are an absolute must. So is a return in some way of the roof/canopy that was an iconic part of that older-than-Indy track up until a few years ago. Removal of it would be like eliminating the Paddock Penthouse at Indy. Bring it back, add suites to sell to corporate types, then rebuild the week-after-Indy tradition.

Those two oval venues could serve as perfect pillars for the main event going forward. Randy Bernard ought to expend energy, resources and time pursuing people and dollars that could make that happen. As an added bonus, neither are owned by either ISC or SMI. Consider making the three events a ‘triple crown’ of sorts. Why not? Schedule consistency has been sorely lacking, as have events that build tradition. Wouldn’t it be great if folks could make something that potentially great actually happen?

November 2, 2011

The Concerted Effort To Eliminate 1.5 Mile Ovals From Indy Car

Filed under: The Disciple Blogs — Disciple of INDYCAR @ 10:36 pm

The pressure is on. cart-centric writers near and far have slithered out of their various holes in the wake of the downer of an Indy Car season closer to drill a specific agenda into the consciousness of anyone gullible enough not to see through it. They want all 1.5 mile ovals eliminated from Indy Car.

The agenda is usually put right out there. Earlier this week two former cart employees known for their bitterness, attachment to the past and complete unwillingness to join the rest of us in the 21st century let their missives fly. We would expect no less from Gordon Kirby or Michael Knight.

Marshall Pruett on the SpeedTV website joined the fray this week. Normally he takes a very detailed, analytic approach to whatever he writes. Race fans who enjoy such depth appreciate that. This week, however, he joins other writers trying to make a case to get rid of ALL 1.5 mile ovals.

That is not acceptable. Many of us who buy the tickets cannot imagine Indy Car not running at places like Texas or Kentucky. Chicagoland, a track built by Tony George and others a few years back for Indy Car and NASCAR was ripped away unceremoniously this year. Kansas, a nice, wide, flat 1.5 miler was stolen as well. We like the occasional packs. We like sitting on the edge of our seats. These types of venues MUST remain a part of the mix.

Pruett led his story in a pathetic way by positioning 1995 cart as some type of model, even though that series killed itself, twice. The pie-in-the-sky view about which these pundits reminisce; e.g., multiple engines, chassis, etc., was practical sixteen years ago. Today? It is an entirely different world.

What Pruett advocates is what all cart-centric obsessed wish. A non-oval heavy schedule with Indy, a couple of 2 milers and a handful of small ovals. No 1.5 milers.

Pruett gets Bryan Herta to talk about a ‘tide’ that is turning back toward road racing. Never mind that no big time road racing series has ever survived long term in the U.S. Certainly not 100 years as oval-centric Indy Racing. Will Power expounded on the glory of 1995 cart. They even asked the question about why NASCAR doesn’t race at Long Beach!

I sincerely hope Randy Bernard is not stupid enough to buy into any portion of this line of agenda-riddled horseshit and that he listens to all constituencies, not simply the foxes who laid waste to the hen house the last time.

Balance is good. But balance MUST include legacy and newly successful non-ovals on streets and great new venues like Barber AND an equal number of all types of ovals. Small 1 milers (and sub=1 milers like Richmond and Iowa), legacy 1.5 milers like Texas, Chicagoland and Kentucky (I would love to see Kansas return, only this time coherently scheduled and promoted), and large ovals with Indy at the center with Fontana and Michigan on the wings. Even a new and improved Pocono would be a welcome addition.

Panic over 1.5 milers by cart-centric chicken littles is utterly ridiculous, counterproductive and foolish. I am not attempting to make a case for a season full of them, but choose three and let’s go racing. If any of the current crop is too afraid to race on them they should just walk away like they did at Texas in 2001. There are plenty of willing, talented drivers in line to take their places.

And come on, writers. Find something topical and worthwhile about which to write. Pining for old cart like a lost first girlfriend makes all of you look incredibly desperate and way out of touch with 2011.

November 1, 2011

Attacking The Anti-Indy Car Message And The Whackos Who Pinch Them Out

Filed under: The Disciple Blogs — Disciple of INDYCAR @ 12:07 am

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.

Michael Knight

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.’

Gordon Kirby

-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.

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