While the hypersensitive continue to fret about meaningless trivial things such as why Paul Tracy in not listed as a winner on the Dan Wheldon memorial at St. Pete (hint: the race he won was in a series twice removed from IndyCar and they made no bones about the distance at the time and it was a one off two seasons removed from the fresh Indy start) other more important issues are arising as May draws near.
One of the most potentially important issues is who will drive the pace car. Just two years ago it was the 100th anniversary of the great race and the 50th anniversary of the first win of the most important legend of the place, A.J. Foyt. IMS, in an inexplicably egregious act of outright stupidity, chose Donald Trump to do the honor. Fan outrage was swift and decisive. That lapse of judgment was quickly corrected when A.J. was given the honor.
This year the new brain trust has a similar decision. Will it be another B-list Hollywood type or something that respects history and tradition? If they choose the latter there is only logical choice: Parnelli Jones on the 50th anniversary of his win. He was a driver, owner and manufacturer with a rich history at Indy. Old Calhoun is now legendary.
To those of us who deeply respect history this choice should be an absolute no-brainer.