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April 17, 2012

IndyCar’s Latest Excursion: Long Beach, or Was That Long Bitch?

Filed under: The Disciple Blogs — Disciple of INDYCAR @ 1:25 pm

The Long Beach street parade for 2012 is in the books and by most measures (if you discount the predictable screeching by the handful of obsessed IRL-hating imbeciles) it was successful. Great crowds, a celebrity factor, wide ranging sponsorship, increased 12+ overnights and not a bad race for a festival o’ speed. As an added bonus the weather on Sunday was a chamber of commerce postcard.

The one fingernails-on-a-chalkboard aftermath by both haters and people with the maturity to know better was Marco Andretti’s brief flight in the DW12. That event has somehow become a story. As a result widespread condemnation, borne mostly of either ignorance or hysteria, of the DW12 is fairly prevalent.

Is it an opportunity for legitimate criticism or more of the agenda-riddled hysteria by obsessed critics that has characterized IndyCar since 1996? If you are able to reason like any rational human you understand that ANY race car that goes faster than the average sedan can get airborne for a variety of reasons. We have seen this through the decades in ALL forms of the sport. Even the old boxy roadsters of Indy’s yesteryear could take flight. Ask the Vukovich family about that. The bricks on wheels that NASCAR uses can (and have) get airborne as well.  Another factor to consider is what I call the ‘Andretti’ factor. Given the driving style of that entire family and the fact that Marco gets airborne more than most other Indy Car drivers why should there be the degree of concern many have expressed?

If IndyCar is going to be the fastest racing (other than down a ¼ mile strip) in the sport, are its fans not going to have to accept the risk of flight? Oh, I know…there is an agenda to foist. But come on.

Meanwhile, the ill-advised scheduling of no ovals prior to Indy continues outside the country at the end of the month, then the handful of days in May will be upon us. Here’s hoping for no rain. It will be an interesting month given the politics, shrieking, teeth gnashing and other such primitive behavior. I can hardly wait to see all the cars on the track.



  1. Three good races–each better than the previous. Brazil will be good because it’s a good track and the Brazilians will be gonzo for their drivers. You can’t beat the haters, Disciple, they’ll always find something to bitch about because they want Indycar to fail. I choose to ignore them.
    Editor’s Note: Smart man. 😉

    Comment by redcar — April 17, 2012 @ 3:10 pm | Reply

  2. Recently you wrote the following: “12+ overnights are vanity numbers that mean nothing in the actual commerce of cable television advertising.” Now you want to say increased 12+ overnights mean things were great? Which is it, do they mean anything or not? Or is it, up = great news, Bad = they are misleading?
    Editor’s Note: A) 12+ overnights remain vanity numbers that sell exactly $0 of spots. I stand by that indisputable fact. B) 12+ overnights that are higher than last time mean those who use them as a barometer should be toting a smile rather than a frown this time around. Is there any other ambiguity I can clear up for you?

    Comment by TroyM — April 17, 2012 @ 4:19 pm | Reply

  3. D- Could you explain what “12+” ratings are. I see people using this term and I honestly don’t know what it means. Also, isn’t a “share” point more important than a “ratings” point?
    Editor’s Note: 12+ represents the entire potential audience of people over 12 years old (physically, not necessarily emotionally). Numbers that actually matter are breakouts by numerous demographic classifications. These are the numbers clients pay for and pay attention to. Those are also the numbers not commonly released to people who do not pay for them. A rating reflects the percentage of the total population of televisions tuned to a particular program, and a share reflects the percentage of televisions that are actually in use. Depending on methodology and criteria, both are commonly used.

    Comment by Chris Lukens — April 17, 2012 @ 4:26 pm | Reply

  4. This one was going to be as good as it gets at Long Beach, with the fastest cars being moved back 10 spots. Overnight rating of .34 is up from last years .28. Final will likely be .31-.32. Attendance for the three day event was down slightly.

    Those bumpers have to go. Open wheels is not and has never been the reason for cars going airborne (see Carl Edwards 2009 Talladega).

    When will the preseason be over and the real races start?

    Comment by Bob F. — April 17, 2012 @ 6:22 pm | Reply

    • The race season started on March 25th and there have been 3 real races since. 3 real races with new cars, engines, sponsors, and passing.

      Comment by Brad — April 19, 2012 @ 1:11 pm | Reply

  5. Just good racing is all I want and so far in 2012 IndyCar is looking good.

    Comment by steve — April 18, 2012 @ 2:16 pm | Reply

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