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March 25, 2013

IndyCar Race 1 of 2013 – Very Nice!

Filed under: The Disciple Blogs — Disciple of INDYCAR @ 12:00 pm

Hinch winsRandom thoughts after the IndyCar opener from St. Pete:

-It is refreshing to see the Penske/Ganassi level on the same level with most everyone else. The work of folks like Simona and Sato made it a compelling day.

-Hinch getting win #1 is a feel-good story for a variety of reasons.

-The champion had a rough day….but he also had a few last season.

-It would be nice to see J.R. Hildebrand and his team do better.

Can drive-Street races are an abomination, even though the current cars and drivers at least make it watchable.

-The NBC Sports Network coverage was outstanding. Leigh Diffey is very good, but his accent may be a detriment when attempting to attract new fans, even though it shouldn’t be. Not saying we need a domestic announcer, but it’s all about perception. Every member of that staff seems to be in the right place, and what we saw on air has been upgraded.

-Tire marbles from tires that degrade rapidly detract from the show, particularly when yellows are extended to sweep them up.

-9 cars in Lights is embarrassing, stupid and should not be tolerated. There are ways to fix the problem, and steps should start today.

-I hope Turbo does not bomb at the box office.

We’re off to a great start, and it’s about time!



  1. Great race to start off 2013! The booth crew did a fantastic job for a first race. Thought the coverage of the battle for P3, with Simona’s tires going off, was top notch. She drove the sh*t out of her car to hold on as long as she did. Congrats to Hinch for a well deserved win.

    Comment by TonyD — March 25, 2013 @ 1:04 pm | Reply

  2. Tiny Tony took over lights and WOW! Look at those results. But it probably doesnt matter because Rosco is dead and no one else was watching anyway. 9 cars. Looks like a lot of interest in the ladder to SuperCrapwagons!
    Editor’s Note: Tiny Tony, and Rosco up in heaven, thank you for watching.

    Comment by Youowemeabeerasshole — March 25, 2013 @ 1:37 pm | Reply

  3. You forgot: Attendance was down. Not a lot, but down is down.
    Editor’s Note: Oddly, I do not recall looking at the crowd even once, so it didn’t register enough to comment. And the folks who were there had a great show. Did hear from a friend who lives in a condo a block and a half away that she and her hubby bought tickets this year since the view of the track they used to have from their balcony became obstructed, F1-style, this year.

    Comment by RenegadeX — March 25, 2013 @ 5:44 pm | Reply

  4. I tuned into the race with 15 laps to go. I fell asleep with just a few laps to go.
    Editor’s Note: Thanks for, uh, sharing. And for caring enough to share. LOL.

    Comment by TroyM — March 26, 2013 @ 1:33 am | Reply

  5. Dear Defender:

    Just a few observations from the opening race in Saint Peterburg…my grandstand just west of the start-finish line was packed as were most of the grandstands along the main straightway so the race was well attended and hopefully will remain a fixture on the schedule…the racing was lively and everybody enjoyed the last laps as Helio kept close to Hinch-town but could not track him down on the reds while Hinch took the win on the harder blacks…the weather was the wild card but the rain stayed away and allowed the field to use the slicks (although some rain may have shuffled the field and aided some of the back markers)…Simona was far and away the crowd favorite even if she could not hold off Marco and her team mate who passed her at the end….screw Danica, Simona showed some real progress moving to a competitive car and she may make some noise this season…terrible day for Dario (crashing on cold tires coming out of the pits? Really?) for the defending champion and for the Sam Schmitt Frenchies…now the negatives…while this event formerly invited local vendors to offer tasty food to the crowd, the promoters have reverted to bringing in carnival vendors offering greasy junk food–simply awful…and the drink selection was not much better…no regular beer anymore, just Miller Lite and Coors Light…what’s the point of drinking flavored water for $7.00 a pop? Well, I am of to Long Beach next month and hope that King Taco brings some trucks to the event…and I pray that the dreaded return of TG to any position of authority and influence does not render this series any more invisible to the national media than it is now considering that ESPN has the time to run women’s basketball scores all day but has no time to even scroll the names of the top three finishers for Sunday’s event…shameful….

    Comment by Neil — March 26, 2013 @ 4:47 pm | Reply

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