Alex Lloyd wrote a blog on a site called Jalopnik the other day commemorating the 67th anniversary of the rescue of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway by Tony Hulman. He also mentioned things that have occurred since. Especially the thing in 1996. That in turn inspired some of the most colossally stupid commentary that is possible to attempt to wade through. Evidently there are STILL a few obsessed hypocrites who have not yet evolved to upright, non-mouth breathing status. One might think that with the passage of nearly 17 years that such thought challenged sub-humans might at least mature a little.
Here is a sampling of some of their more fanatical lunacy:
‘Duckstu’ scribbled: ‘In my opinoion,.. the Indy 500 has not been run since 1995,.. and it’s shamefull that the George family puts the names of the IRL also-rans on the trophy.
The Indy 500 was the U.S. Open of auto racing. Small privateers would buy year old cars,.. find engines for them and try to make the field. Drivers with no ride would hang around the speedway the week before and see if there was a seat available. Big teams might at the last minute stuff an engine into a spare chassis and let one of these drivers try to qualify. The week before the race was about the most exciting story in motorsport.
More than a few CART regulars would not make the race because some privateers had bumped them out. I would quietly cheer for the one-race-a-year teams that made the field,… and the announcers would keep you updated during the race on how the top privateers were doing.
Then in 1996 it all changed. 33 spots were reserved for IRL nobody’s. I stopped watching.
The cars need to be more powerful,.. they need 2 or 3 different chassis,…. and spots cannot be guaranteed to regualr series drivers.’
One thing that seems to set such ‘people’ apart is consistent borderline illiteracy. Lots of misspelled words, faulty punctuation and rampant hypocrisy. If ‘Duckstu’ quit watching in 1996, why on earth would it bother commenting on it in 2012?
Speaking of bitter hypocrites, a ‘kentskinner’ had this to screech:
‘It was all good till Tony fucked it up. Greedy little cock sucker. Guys like AJ Foyt (who I respect as a driver, but not as a person) made it worse by screaming about “ride buying Brazillionaires” and “we are going to return American Racing back to American drivers” just before he “hired” ride buying foreign drivers and the series added a few road courses.
I went to races. I watched them on TV. I bought souvenirs. I got friends to go to races.
After the series turned to shit (spec cars with spec motors, running on mostly ovals, with semi-pro drivers) I just stopped watching. I saw something I cared about turn to shit, because of Tony’s greed.
Let IMS rot. It doesn’t stand for anything any more.’
Once again, hypocrisy, profanity and illiteracy run rampant throughout the kid’s bitter text. Can you imagine what might have happened had these kids been alive in the early 1960s and there was internet and the Cooper Climax showed up?
In addition to wishing in vain that such non-thinking children would simply grow up and join actual, real racing fans in this century it would also be nice if all of them would stop trying to rewrite history to suit their quaint little prejudice. Had the object of their affection, cart, kept their inflated heads out of their collective behind for five minutes and understood the big picture importance of what they walked away from and actively tried to destroy, they would not have to worry about blaming Tony George for the destructive stupidity of cart.
The worst part about the sport is not the sport itself or even who runs it. It is dealing with obsessed hypocrites sporting the mental and emotional agility of 6-year-olds who claim not to watch but offer commentary continuously. Just once it would be nice for this handful of nutjobs to put their money where their typing fingers are.