The latest piece of Indy Car propaganda being disseminated in the popular press is talk of a 2012 Indy Car schedule that consists of just 14 events heavy on festivals o’ speed and with only three ovals. Even more incredibly is a whacko notion that Texas will not be a part of the schedule.
If that gets by Randy Bernard then he has failed miserably.
An Indy Car schedule without highly touted balance and without Texas is an utterly and completely insane notion. It is not acceptable. If they actually go down that road then the end of the story is easy to tell. As a lifelong fan I would prefer not having to start over again.
Indy Car seems fearful to control its own destiny. I understand supposed edicts not to spend any more money but why would they have to? Why should they rely on a business model that has failed miserably most every time it has been attempted? It is not possible to build a bunch of Long Beach events. They seem hellbent on once again trying this errant strategy that has failed multiple times anyway. How many times has Belle Isle alone failed? And they are trying it again? That is foolish.
Why would they put themselves in a position in which they get paid but leave a trail of lawsuits, stench, screwed municipalities and burned bridges? That is a proven recipe for failure.
I am tired of excuses. I want to see Indy Car, Randy Bernard in particular, use
the talent base he has supposedly built to create the balanced schedule he envisions. They need to be selling their own event sponsorships, reinventing oval events and creating buzz without reliance on events that assault the tradition of the sport.
Indy Car is about to shut out the last remaining group of fans they have not already alienated. It is not too much to ask that these people use their brains, respect history and build a future the right way. A 50/50 balance of ovals to non-ovals is already a huge compromise. They need to make it work. 14 events with only 3 ovals is not going to get it done and will most certainly fail. If the road racing pretty boys who now control the puppet strings don’t want any 1.5 milers they can easily be replaced by real racers. Their disruptive nonsense got really old a long time ago. Enough! Indy Car needs to go on the offensive for once.