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July 10, 2012

IndyCar Is Going Strong!

Filed under: The Disciple Blogs — Disciple of INDYCAR @ 12:10 pm

Several folks have written to ask if the lack of regular blogs is a sign my interest in the sport is waning. The answer is no. My occupation has kept me chained mostly to the media outlets of New York, not to mention getting another home conditioned for the bride and I. Airplanes are still capable of getting me to events, and the ones to which I cannot go are on television.

Over the past few weeks post-Indy, a few things stand out. Ryan Hunter-Reay is turning out to be the star whose potential was widely known. Several other Americans are on the cusp, like Josef Newgarden. That is refreshing. Ganassi and Penske are no longer as dominant. The new car has proven racier than expected. At Toronto the top 10 was represented by ten different teams. Conway at Foyt even got on the podium.

Once racing fans get past genital waving for dead series the story lines are as compelling as they ever have been. Of course to most idiots on the internet, the entire sport is on the verge of collapse. I beg to differ. To me it looks bright. The color added by the internal problems that have always plagued the sport just makes it familiar.

Randy Bernard looks like a defeated man these days and that is a shame. If I were him I would take the approach the fictional character Donny Donowitz did in the movie Inglourious Basterds. Take a baseball bat to the heads of those causing the most trouble. As usual, that group is owners. They are quick to point out that without them there is no sport. They are correct, but they can be easily replaced. There should never be any battle for control. The owner concern about cost overruns is legitimate, and that is a problem that should solved.

The flat earth critics still residing in 1995 have concocted yet another of their cutesy wet dream fantasies that have the taxpayers of Indiana being screwed to benefit Dallara and workers in Italy. If we used their ‘logic’ and applied their grandstanding outrage in a general sense we would have to demand that Toyota, Subaru and Honda close their plants in the state of Indiana. Idiots.

Among the things to which we are looking forward: The remainder of the schedule including a 500 miler at Fontana and the announcement of 2013 schedule. If Texas Motor Speedway is not on it there is going to be trouble.



  1. You’re right, getting rid of the texas race would leave 15 thousand irl fans in a lurch.
    Editor’s Note: How delightful of our Canadian friend to stop by for a bowel movement. Actually, the folks who would be most in a tizzy are you and the handful of like-minded crappers.

    Comment by J.B. — July 10, 2012 @ 7:46 pm | Reply

  2. The series is definitely on the upswing, and I’m F’ing loving it. This is REAL racing, and REAL American race fans are starting to figure it out again. The IndyCar presence on Twitter is a great gauge of this. It goes crazy during the races, and there is plenty of Indy-fodder in between. Online stores are selling out of IndyCar diecast, and J.R., Josef, Graham, Marco and RHR are becoming household names. A few good friends of mine who are admittedly NHRA retards are STILL arguing who was in the wrong on the last lap of the 500…which tells me it got the attention of those who don’t normally pay attention to Indy and the IndyCar series. Add the calls for Pagenaud and Bourdais to “f@#& off back to France” after Toronto to that. There is drama, great racing, and great story lines abound. Open Wheel Racing in America is WELL on it’s way to being back to where it should be, the forefront of the American racing landscape. Now just to get the 1.5’s back…

    Comment by Jordan L. — July 10, 2012 @ 9:35 pm | Reply

  3. Great article!

    Comment by steve — July 10, 2012 @ 9:41 pm | Reply

  4. Road races and street courses are more boring than wacthing grass grow. Get rid of ’em.

    Comment by spreadoption — July 11, 2012 @ 9:11 pm | Reply

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