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March 23, 2012

IndyCar 2012: Time To Go Racing

Filed under: The Disciple Blogs — Disciple of INDYCAR @ 1:15 pm

The 2012 IndyCar season is finally ready to begin, and it’s about time. The compelling stories are numerous in St. Petersburg this weekend. IndyCar festivities, regardless of how great they turn out, are certain to be bittersweet as Dan Wheldon is remembered in his adopted hometown. His sister will throw the green flag and racing will resume. Somehow that seems appropriate.

On the track the new Dallara that was shaken down for months by Dan Wheldon races for the first time. The single chassis will be powered by three different turbocharged engines. The competition that will introduce has been sorely lacking for a while. Many folks feel the Chevy brand is the one to beat, but Honda is right up there. Lotus still seems out to lunch, and many teams forced to settle for those particular leftovers may have to cool their heels for part of the season.

The usual off season game of musical chairs forces the need for an up to date scorecard. Some familiar faces are gone, and new ones will test their mettle. The rookie garnering the most attention is Rubens Barrichello, who was put out to pasture after 19 seasons in Formula One. Meddling road racing enthusiasts unable to make it on their own, twice, that have spent the past sixteen years attempting to reconstitute in IndyCar what they thought they had in the early 1990s are already well beyond moist in the loins over the ‘excitement’ they feel ‘Rubhino’ will bring. While it is always nice to welcome former F-1 drivers who have worn theirs out across the pond, a more interesting person to watch may well be Josef Newgarden, a talented multi-dimensional driver just beginning his Indy Car career. The field is filled with many really nice stories.

Speaking of road racing enthusiasts, another one of them was installed to replace the oft-criticized (not to mention insulted) Brian Barnhart (also known as ‘Brainfart’ or ‘TGBB’ by classless, juvenile idiots). Beaux Barfield will attempt IndyCar cat herding duties this season. Perhaps the two most interesting things to watch will be how quickly the rank and file turn on him after fawning over him for the past couple of years and how quickly he decides to implement standing starts on non-ovals.

The best potential thing to watch is the unpredictably brought by all the new elements. Regardless of the politics, the place to be this weekend is St. Pete…either in person or on the tube.



  1. A quick look at the Indy Lights agate, who the heck hired all these foreigners? I cant understand them, pronounce their names and there’s only 16 of them. This is evolution? More strret races, foreigners from India, and IMS in charge with Tony Jr running it into the ground. Awesome!
    Editor’s Note: Thanks for watching. If you have a problem with direction, please take it up with Randy Bernard, who actually guides it.

    Comment by Goran Liddy — March 23, 2012 @ 6:26 pm | Reply

  2. This will be a good year and next year will be better with TMS gone and a proper race like Houston replacing it. That will be great news Wednesday.
    Editor’s Note: Your comment is what is known as a ‘topic diversion.’ Please keep commentary confined to the actual topic, which is the season opener at St. Pete. Thanks.

    Comment by Too young to be a cart enthusiast. — March 23, 2012 @ 8:23 pm | Reply

  3. I’m am very excited for the start of the IndyCar season. Ton of momentum and the mainstream media actually seems to be paying attention.

    Comment by Wronkle (@Beard77) — March 24, 2012 @ 3:21 pm | Reply

  4. If I might ask a favor; that you could turn your impressive vocabulary loose on Lotus? ‘Out to lunch’ seems a little bit tame, and my personal favorite ‘Worthless Piece of Monkey S**t’ seems a little extreme.

    That being said, I think we share the same sentiment. While some prefer streets, and some prefer ovals, I think we all prefer watching racing over sitting around waiting for the racing to arrive.

    Comment by Steven Kornya — March 25, 2012 @ 6:17 pm | Reply

  5. While I enjoyed the start of another IndyCar season, I must say that … watching … that … street ……..race ……. was………. so ………………..boring ………………(yawn) ……………… Zzzzzzzzzzzz ……….Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz.

    Oh, sorry. Fell asleep. Street races will do that to most people.

    Comment by spreadoption — March 26, 2012 @ 3:13 am | Reply

  6. I ‘ll always miss WDW. it was soo much fun. Seeing Charlie Kimball’s ad that was filmed there just makes it worse.

    Comment by rob — March 27, 2012 @ 8:01 pm | Reply

    • Walt Disney World? Are you kidding? The facility’s parking lot was designed for constant flow throughout the day, not an avalanche of cars trying to leave all at the same time….attended the first race back in 1996 and I remember our exit out of the parking lot taking longer than the damn race….besides, Disney doesn’t need a Dan Wheldon style accident occurring on its grounds since that will harm the kiddies.

      Comment by Neil Rubin — March 28, 2012 @ 9:28 pm | Reply

      • I’m not talking about the facility I’m talking about the track, and the races were great. the last year I stayed on property as they say and took a shuttle bus back to the hotel. had a great time.

        Comment by rob — March 29, 2012 @ 5:14 pm

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