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February 14, 2012

State of IndyCar for 2012: Thumbs Up

Filed under: The Disciple Blogs — Disciple of INDYCAR @ 1:16 am

The State of IndyCar address by Randy Bernard and crew at the Hilbert Theater in downtown Indianapolis came off without a hitch. It contained lots of glitz, highlighted the talent in the series, and reiterated a litany of really great things going on in the series, including:

-New cars in 2012, and everyone is on board.

-Three engine suppliers instead of one.

-New teams with a minimum of 26 cars on the grid.

-Firestone remains through 2014.

-NBC Sports Network will have additional programming, including a reality-type show called IndyCar 36.

-Six races on ABC.

-Milwaukee is back only with competent promotion.

-All the Lights races will be on TV.

-New merchandising initiatives are ahead.

-New IndyCar branded credit card from Discover.

It is a great time for IndyCar fans to be optimistic. Optimism, of course, could be tempered. My camp is mostly happy, but realistic:

-Lindy Thackston is out as pit reporter. That’s a real shame because she outworked almost everyone, was easy on the eyes and knew what she was doing (unlike unnamed shabbily dressed often fired print guys).

-All the glorious IndyCar news has evidently eluded the broadcast partners in the deal. There is no mention of the state of the series on either the NBC Sports Network or ESPN front pages, much less wherever they have buried the IndyCar stuff.

-The schedule is still out of balance with far too many festivals o’ speed.

-The state of the series did not address presentation at oval (or any other) events.

That said, the needle is moving forward. That is progress and that is positive. Spring is just around the corner and travel plans are underway for what looks to be another season of growth.

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  1. The glaring problems of the boob in the announce booth needs to be addressed. Bob Jenkins needs to go for the good of the sport. Until he goes, how could anyone take this series seriously? They are on a roll, Indycar dont blow all the momentum now by having that Hulman brown noser still fogging up the airwaves. Change the viewers perspective of the sport, Bob’s whiny nasal drone and slackjawed delivery is way outdated. Dump Bob now and recover 99% of fans lost. Do it for the children!
    Editor’s Note: Somehow I find it difficult to believe switching the host will attract millions of fans. But then again I tend not to think like a four year old.

    Comment by Goran Liddy — February 14, 2012 @ 6:21 pm | Reply

  2. any word on zip-lines?
    Editor’s Note: Not a one. Does this mean we’re doomed again?

    Comment by J.B. — February 14, 2012 @ 7:48 pm | Reply

    • what do you mean again? They’ve never worked their way out of the first doomed.
      Editor’s Note: Two suggestions: 1) Grow up. 2) Join the rest of us in the land of actual reality.

      Comment by J.B. — February 16, 2012 @ 3:12 am | Reply


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