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December 1, 2011

Credit Where Credit Is Due: Indy Car’s Angstadt and Barnhart

Filed under: The Disciple Blogs — Disciple of INDYCAR @ 10:28 am

In the wake of shakeups at Indy Car, it is appropriate at this juncture to offer thanks to both Brian Barnhart and Terry Angstadt for things about which they have never been given enough credit.

Angstadt, for example, secured quality long term sponsorship in Indy Car. The IZOD title sponsorship is a great example. That type of funding and support has been hard to come by over the past few years, but he made it happen and it has moved the series forward.

My only wish is that he would have placed as much emphasis on the cultivation and growth of oval racing as far flung money grabs from temporary circuit festivals. China is August is good from a money and international growth standpoint, but it messed up the ‘prime time’ of the racing season domestically.

That said, he moved the needle for the series, and that effort is appreciated.

Barnhart will hopefully stick around in the series in his redefined role. In his old capacity in race control he became a magnet for the hysterical screeching of some really stupid people. That screeching always gave me a sense of dismay that such people are supposedly racing fans. Most of those offering blind criticism obviously had ulterior motives, but that kind of nonsense has been polluting the sport since 1996. Barnhart’s links to the IRL period would never have been forgotten by some of the most grotesquely ignorant.

Sure he made mistakes. Those in that role always do. It is perhaps the most difficult, thankless job in the paddock. It may have even sent Al, Jr. fleeing back to the relative comfort of the bottle. Barnhart’s longevity is a rarity, and the overall job he did was better than the way the critics position it.

Personally I did not shriek with outrage over either Loudon or Baltimore. Both seemed to be honest mistakes borne of reliance on bad source data. I also think the ‘ding dong the witch is dead’ dancing being done by the usual idiots (led by Robin Miller) is a blight to sport. My biggest problem with Race Control, believe it or not, had to do with the micromanagement of the competition that began after the road racers began re-occupying the sport. The most glaring specific example is the way the quality racing at Richmond was needlessly destroyed. That must see venue always provided excitement until it was turned into a single file parade for a couple of years prior to its demise.

Now that the page has been turned it is time to offer thanks to two individuals who contributed a lot of their time, effort (and hair) for the evolution of the sport. 

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5 Comments »

  1. “In his old capacity in race control he (Barnhart) became a magnet for the hysterical screeching of some really stupid people. That screeching always gave me a sense of dismay that such people are supposedly racing fans. Most of those offering blind criticism obviously had ulterior motives, but that kind of nonsense has been polluting the sport since 1996. Barnhart’s links to the IRL period would never have been forgotten by some of the most grotesquely ignorant.

    I also think the ‘ding dong the witch is dead’ dancing being done by the usual idiots (led by Robin Miller) is a blight to sport.”

    Defender, you don’t know how right you are. These people do exist, and they are scary in their ignorance and bias (which they refuse to see). You can find them on the internet by their use of TGBB. Anyone uttering TGBB is as described above and needs to be totally ignored. Beginning with that idiot Robin Miller.

    Comment by Bob F. — December 1, 2011 @ 1:45 pm | Reply

  2. who would terminate a race director who starts oval races in the rain and restarts races with safety vehicles on the track? Makes no sense. Getting rid of his type will be a bla.ck eye for the irl

    Editor’s Note: Oh, I get it. You’re trying to be funny. Good try.

    Comment by J.B. — December 2, 2011 @ 12:37 am | Reply

  3. truth be told…I wasn’t trying to be funny. It’s all kind of sad

    Editor’s Note: Nah…not really. It’s evolutionary. Something that keeps those of us who have been fans for multiple decades interested. Barnhart might as well have been Jesus Christ; it would not have mattered to many of the critics simply because he was hired by Tony George.

    Comment by J.B. — December 2, 2011 @ 8:49 pm | Reply

    • ….and unqualified for the job, much like George.

      Editor’s Note: What in the world makes obsessed clowns like you feel even remotely qualified to offer any sort of intelligent commentary on this particular subject?

      Comment by J.B. — December 4, 2011 @ 5:09 am | Reply

      • ….well..I look a the steaming pile that is open wheel racing,, then look for those providing the direction. It’s quite easy! P.S.- the 1995 schedule sure looks good in comparison to 2012’s, no?

        Editor’s Note: Nothing about 1995 is relevant in any way to anything in 2012. The sooner your little group grows up and orients yourself in the present day the better off the entire sport will be.

        Comment by J.B. — December 5, 2011 @ 9:58 pm


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