Disciple of INDYCAR Weblog

April 28, 2012

Someone At Indy Car Has Their Panties In A Wad

Filed under: The Disciple Blogs — Disciple of INDYCAR @ 11:42 pm

One of the best owners for my fan money in the Indy Car Series for many years is John Barnes. Some folks have problems with him and business partners have come and gone. But he and his team are remarkably consistent and have been there for the series for many years. They are one of my top three favorite teams every year.

One of the biggest jokes perpetrated all year by IndyCar management is the levying of a $25,000 fine and probation for a TWEET. Are they kidding me? Being the classy professional he is, Barnes issued a statement in which he basically kissed the arses of the management.

Here is what he tweeted: “Today is the day to resolve TURBOGATE! I hope @indycar gets their act together. It has been embarrassing.”

$25,000 and probation for that!? Are they out of their minds? Whose thin skin was rubbed the wrong way? Randy? Barfield? Who the hell do they think they are? Bernie Eccelstone? It’s a good thing I am not John Barnes because I would have told them to cram their fine and probation right up their ass(es). First of all, IndyCar was stupid enough to let rules loopholes create a situation in which everyone does look foolish. It IS embarrassing. They do not appear to have much control over manufacturing participant actions.

If IndyCar has a brain in its collective head they will quietly rescind this bullshit fine and probation, respect freedom of speech, and lose the colossal arrogance they just displayed with this classless action.



  1. Editor’s Note: I will not bother to torture you with all five of this obsessed, barely literate Tourettes child ranting separately (yes, each one of the pointless epithets below was submitted separately by ‘Steve’), so here they are all at once:

    “You are not Randy or Barfield your just a hateful know it all who just blows off at the mouth….”

    “All you do is bitch like a little crybaby!”

    “Poop Disciple website.”

    “Crap site for crybabys”

    “Get a clue helmet head”

    Seriously, what is the point of any this crap? If you are going to take the time to offer commentary, all I ask is the following:

    -Have a point
    -Make it relevant to the topic
    -Insulting the host is pretty stupid
    -Get professional help for OCD and Tourettes issues before using the computer

    Comment by steve — April 29, 2012 @ 6:25 am | Reply

  2. pretty messed up to treat barnes that way. I wouldn’t even know about his ‘tweet’ if they didn’t fine him for it.

    Comment by rob — April 29, 2012 @ 1:36 pm | Reply

  3. Disciple, your inset photo says it all…a fine levied against an Indy stalwart for a post on Twitter (no, I am not going to call it a “tweet” – that’s what my kids do…) IndyCar management is becoming more and more like a grand foot-shooting party. I hope Randy Bernard, et al., really do read this blog.

    Comment by Matsudai Olvidado — April 29, 2012 @ 3:46 pm | Reply

  4. hope they don’t turn this into f1 that was a cheapshot,to fine someone for speaking there mind

    Comment by don mills — April 29, 2012 @ 4:29 pm | Reply

  5. Personally, I do not see much wrong with the comments Barnes made, but i do see where Indy Car is coming from as well. You have a very touch and go situation with the “Turbo-gate” and all, and you do not need one of your own creating waves. Every one in the series right now, needs to be pulling in the same direction, as Indy Car is not exactly a thriving sport at the moment.

    If you think this is bad, look at how the NFL handles their own players/pwners, and their tweets…they do not put up with anything.

    J Wilke

    Comment by J Wilke — April 30, 2012 @ 2:54 am | Reply

  6. Great blog entry IRLDefender, for once we agree.

    Makes you wonder what the Indy management really thinks about what they can’t control. Darn shame they will never silence their critics, those who bought tickets and would have become sponsors.

    Indycar has enough skeletons in the closet to keep them chasing their collective twitter/facebook/forum tails forever. How come Tony Kanaan wasn’t fined for saying “We killed a driver at 225mph”?

    Comment by Goran Liddy — April 30, 2012 @ 4:35 pm | Reply

  7. Screw John Barnes and his second rate operation…didn’t the late Dan Wheldon have to take Barnes to court to recover his salary? Barnes is another back marker team (like all of the old guard IRL teams that were relegated to the back when Ganassi, Penske and Andretti migrated away from CART) and his opinion is irrelevant and pointless….good luck with Hildebrandt at this year’s 500, maybe he can hit the wall again within sight of the checkered flag…

    Comment by Neil Rubin — May 1, 2012 @ 8:59 pm | Reply

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