The excitement is building as we get closer to finally opening the 2012 Indy Car season complete with new cars, drivers, paint jobs and events. The real fun for racing fans arrives once they drop the flag. Most of us are beyond ready.
Despite the optimism a new season brings, it is still possible to stumble across aspects of the sport that brings amusement, many times in snide ways. On balance, Randy Bernard has done one helluva great job in elevating the stature of the sport. Turns out he struck a deal with Dreamworks, and an animated movie centered around the 500 called ‘Turbo’ is being made. It has some heavy hitters involved, and will help with the pop culture aspect of Indy Car.
The Indy Car website is also being revamped (it’s about time) and the first phase hits the Internet tomorrow. Merchandise offerings have been enhanced through a new partnership with Lids. My only hope is that I can actually buy thing I want easily without having to jump through a myriad of hoops. It would be nice, for example, to buy a DVD copy of the Centennial 500. I have been told it is for sale, but finding it and subsequently purchasing it is a different story.
It would also be nice to lay my mitts on a copy of a ‘unified’ record book alluded to in tweets by Randy Bernard. It appears, however, that only 1,000 of them are available and you must jump through hoops. That is probably for the best anyway. Randy’s determination to sweep all things ‘split’ under the rug for good would probably just irk me anyway, as has the continuing regressive cartization of Indy Car. Hell, there is even talk Surfer’s Paradise may return. It is easy to understand the value of harmony in the sport, but no one who took part in that boycott has ever been held accountable for any of their behavior that nearly destroyed the sport. That is galling. That said, we should all be for moving forward.
With the weather around most of the country in late May mode, the only wish for most of us is that cars get onto the track. Now, more than ever, drop the flag.