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October 1, 2012

The 2013 IndyCar Schedule Is Out

Filed under: The Disciple Blogs — Disciple of INDYCAR @ 11:10 pm

Randy Bernard stumbled through the 2013 IndyCar schedule on Wind Tunnel Sunday night. Word was everyone wanted 19 events. We got 19. That’s the good news. The bad news is it’s actually only 16 venues. Three street circuits will have races on both weekend days. And yes, there is still no balance. The schedule is skewed 65% non-oval; 35% oval. And they are mostly smushed together.

The absolute best news of the entire performance was the official announcement of the return of Pocono, creating a return to the Triple Crown. Problem there is it’s not a real Triple Crown because Pocono will only be 400 miles long. So it’s more like a 2.75 Crown. That was a bend-over for ABC.

The absolute most ill-advised, mind-boggling stupid thing on the schedule is a month+ gap between September and October, right in the heart of the season. Given the NFL, most every sports fan will forget about racing during that gap.

The most genuinely sleazy and suspicious aspect of the announcement unrelated to IndyCar management was the timing of a Sports Business Journal story that claimed Tony George and owners enlisting Zak Brown and pooling some funding to buy the series.  The only official retort is a press release from IMS saying the series is not for sale, there have been no negotiations and no one has even asked, and denials from at least three owners that they are involved.

I feel sorry for IndyCar. There are still far too many obsessed children who stop at nothing to destroy the series. Despite the relative goofiness of the schedule, I know of five or six events I will make next season, plus Pocono. Just have to get through winter first.



  1. I don’t quite understand the theory of ABC only allowing a three hour window for the race at Pocono. It is the weekend following the 4th of July, NASCAR runs at night at Daytona, and a cursory glance at the overall sports schedule does not indicate anything that would constitute a reason for running a three (rather than a four) hour time window. What else are they going to telecast? It also sounds to me liike ABC has had their way with the schedule since they essentailly get all their races pushed together in the summer. I get that the series needs NETWORK coverage, (even as half-assed as ABC’s coverage is at times,) but why the reticence to fully embrace the tradtition of a 500 miler at Pocono?

    Comment by SkipinSC — October 2, 2012 @ 10:36 am | Reply

  2. What else are they going to telecast? Seriously? The sham wow guy pulls stronger ratings than the url.

    Editor’s Note: Stronger ratings than Uniform Resource Locator? You are being obtuse again. If I stretch my imagination slightly and pretend I am four years old then perhaps I could envision another IndyCar slam. In which case your ‘observation’ would be factually incorrect. Again.

    Comment by J.B. — October 3, 2012 @ 2:21 am | Reply

    • you mean to say that the sham wow guy gets less than a .2 ratings? Funny, you used to say such things when breaking down champcar numbers, and champcar numbers made the irl numbers look sick in comparison. You do remember your senseless rants of the past, do you not?
      Editor’s Note: I prefer dealing with factual information, which includes: The Sam-Wow guy gets no ratings. It’s an infomercial. IndyCar, proportionate to the rest of the television landscape as it has evolved, gets roughly the same ratings as it always has. Crowing about champcar numbers in 2012 seems deranged and out of step from a societal standpoint. It gets even more stupid considering that series has not even existed for several years after they offed themselves. Twice.

      Comment by J.B. — October 4, 2012 @ 6:19 pm | Reply

  3. Dear Defender:

    We have not heard from you in some time…regarding next season’s schedule and the overall health and fitness of the series, what can any of us fans say? Indy Car racing has become a fringe sport and our numbers range in the hundreds of thousands rather than in the millions for NASCAR and the stick and ball sports…if we simply accept that the good ol’ days are never coming back and that the American public has turned away from open wheel racing, save for one weekend at the end of May, then the series is in good shape as evidenced by its answering the bell for another season after the disastrous war started by boy wonder/coke head TG…if we measure the health of the series based on late 80’s/early 90’s criteria, then Indy Car racing remains in dismay shape with a disjointed schedule attended by miniscule crowds (again, save for the 500), an uninspiring engine/chassis combo and colorless drivers with no real connection with the fans or larger public….face facts, when ESPN would rather run foreign cricket scores and WNBA stats on its scroll instead of announcing the winner of the season championship, then Indy Car racing truly has faded from America’s sports consciousness. However, the very fact that we will have racing again in Pocono, which is a coup since millions on the East Coast are within a few hundred miles of the venue, along with strong events in Saint Pete, Long Beach and Texas Motor Speedway, then the series remains in a positive posture with room for potential growth….but it remains a troubling prospect that Ropin’ Randy and his administration simply cannot raise the series’ profile with the casual sports fan….too bad since there are some compelling stories about the cars, teams and drivers but nobody is listening or seems to care save for us hard core fans….

    Comment by Neil Rubin — October 5, 2012 @ 9:31 pm | Reply

  4. still amazing the series that survived this so-called war started by the ‘coke head’ is the one that’s still alive. the series with the geniuses failed twice. explain that. even more amazing how disciple is still a retard magnet even after being away for a couple months.

    Comment by bob up — October 6, 2012 @ 12:09 am | Reply

  5. Dear Bob Up:

    Millions and millions of dollars at your disposal to prop up your failing series, coupled with the largest single day sporting event held on the last Sunday of May which ABC still finds valuable enough to televise in exchange for a few million more, enabled a rich kid ‘coke head’ to defeat the timid and disorganized forces of CART/Champ Car….even though TG is apparently out of series management, while still holding a seat on the IMS board, Hulman-George $$$ continues to under write the majority of the teams that participate in this series with TEAM payouts which make payroll…what would the car count total if the series cancelled the TEAM welfare payments?

    Comment by Neil Rubin — October 8, 2012 @ 7:41 pm | Reply

    • what’s the car count for cart/champcar? oh yeah, that’s right. indycar will begin its 18th straight failing season next year. when is that sky gonna hit the ground? he didn’t defeat it, it shot itself dead. twice. there’s your f&$%@d up management right there.

      Comment by bob up — October 8, 2012 @ 9:59 pm | Reply

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