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May 27, 2013

Consulting for IMS That Is Far Less Expensive Than BCG

Filed under: The Disciple Blogs — Disciple of INDYCAR @ 9:59 pm

The WinnerI am as guilty as anyone of griping about certain aspects of the Indy 500, but was genuinely happy Tony Kanaan won the race. It was big for the fans, big for the team and big for a sponsor that is not really considered blue chip. The amazing number of passes for the lead made for edge of your seat excitement as cars got very wide into corners. Anyone who feels pulling those off at those speeds into narrow corners seems jaded and out of touch with reality.

There are already ‘fans’ who decry the racing as somehow artificial with much of the same derision they reserve for pack racing. Many of these critics are arrogant road racing enthusiasts who take sort of an Islamic approach to the propagation of their style of racing; i.e., their opinions about what racing should be are the only ones that really matter and everyone else should be eternally damned. Interesting that the Indy 500 saw 68 lead changes and Monaco saw ZERO.

Another popular yet vapid complaint among the nose up in the air idiots: The cars are ugly. To which I laugh after watching both Monaco and Charlotte. It’s all in the eye of the beholder, and if the beholder is stupidly predisposed toward that type of hollow criticism there is not much a real racing fan can do. Except laugh.

Yet another oft-repeated taunt among the darkly obsessed is that attendance for the 500 was off. One fact they do not like people like me pointing out is that the 500 outdrew both the 600 and Monaco combined. Plus you could probably throw in all the NBA playoff games and all MLB games too. In this day and age hardly any sports or entertainment venue even comes close to selling out.

IMS AdviceBecause there were, literally, hundreds of thousands of fans lined up to walk through Indy’s gates, it was going to take a while to get people through them, particularly since society today feeds on mostly irrational fear that some nutjob is going to blow something up. Here are a few helpful hints for the folks making decisions who jerked their knees and inconvenienced tens of thousands of casual fans who are not just as likely to not buy a ticket as to return:

-Make a lot more openings in the fences for entry and exit. Condensing the number of entrances makes zero sense for a crowd that size.

Belskus 1-Don’t screen the inside of coolers at the entry gates. Stop people with oversized coolers and use profiling at the track entry points, then pull out the suspicious looking ones for screening. It is easy enough to know what to look for.

-Check coolers at each entry to each grandstand. Spreading this fear-based illusion of security out over exponentially more areas would reduce wait times for everyone. I know this will cause Jeff Belskus and the bean counters to have strokes, but money should be no object when it comes to being hospitable to the paying customers. Why put 100% of paying customers needlessly through sheer hell on the off chance some microscopically insignificant percentage of attendees may bring a homemade bomb in a cooler?

IMS Management 1-Check general admission folks’ coolers on the other sides of the tunnels before they roam the infield.

The perception among those standing around waiting to get in Sunday was mostly anger, frustration and confusion. Why? There seemed to be little organization, and whatever plans seemed like a good idea to the brass did not consider half the crowd or more would not arrive until after 9. IMS cannot afford angry, frustrated or confused fans. They no longer have that luxury. On a positive note, I can probably look forward to another meaningful seating upgrade now that despite the massive, mostly unnecessary inconvenience caused for ticket buyers the price is rising significantly. Perhaps more legroom too.



  1. as someone else suggested, have a “no coolers only” entrance. if you bring coolers, expect to wait.

    as for all the hub-bub about finishing under yellow. why not just allow all teams a “gas only” stop, line them back up and do the green-white-checker-Nascar thing to the end. what’s the big deal? everyone wants a race to end with cars actually racing don’t they?

    Comment by redcar — May 27, 2013 @ 10:34 pm | Reply

    • I agree, ‘no cooler’ entrance as a fast entry to alleviate some bottlenecks.

      Comment by TonyD — May 28, 2013 @ 1:21 pm | Reply

  2. I remember your fellow bootlickers claiming that the races CART held using the Handford Device were contrived. Now that the same type of racing is at Indy, it is the greatest thing ever.
    Editor’s Note: cart? Really? That’s so 1990-something. Is it not time you moved into the current century? Or, at the very least, make some sort of attempt to grow up? The Handford races were contrived. But I enjoyed watching them at places like Michigan. But it’s apples and oranges. And we are in a different century. As an added reality, IndyCars actually raced at Indy. And every year is the greatest ever on the track. Actual racing fans know that.

    Comment by TroyM — May 28, 2013 @ 12:37 am | Reply

  3. You wrote: “Many of these critics are arrogant road racing enthusiasts who take sort of an Islamic approach to the propagation of their style of racing; i.e., their opinions about what racing should be are the only ones that really matter and everyone else should be eternally damned” Funny, that describes most of the lemmings that worship IMS and the Indy 500.
    Editor’s Note: Only to the mentally and emotionally impaired. Case in point: How many ‘lemmings’ do you know who squat obsessively 24/7 on Formula One-centric sites to continuously call them names and tell them how bad they believe things are? My advice: Grow up.

    Comment by TroyM — May 28, 2013 @ 11:54 pm | Reply

  4. “Interesting that the Indy 500 saw 68 lead changes and Monaco saw ZERO.”

    Perhaps the greatest statistic showing why oval racing is exciting and road/street racing is a cure for insomnia.

    Comment by spreadoption — May 29, 2013 @ 4:53 am | Reply

  5. Indy got the lowest rating of the 3 races. Care to explain that one kimosabe?
    Editor’s Note: Unsure where all you Internet television executives are getting your 12+ overnights or what the cause of of your obsessed panic is, but factually speaking NASCAR in prime time on an OTA got a 4.2. The 500 on an OTA in the morning got a 3.7 (statistically steady). F-1 on an OTA early in the morning got a 1.0. Seems OK to me, and I am in the business of such commerce.

    Comment by Willy Pheistergache — May 29, 2013 @ 1:55 pm | Reply

  6. Dear Defender:

    Here are my observations after attending the 97th running of the Greatest Spectacle in Racing:

    I arrived around 8:30 AM and accessed the track before 9 AM so I missed out on the insane lines that formed during the two hours leading up to the race as officials inspected all manner of bags, backpacks, coolers, etc….and can you blame them after what happened in Boston? I agree that an express lane should be available for individuals who choose to leave the excess baggage at home but if you want to bring in your cooler, which is as American as apple pie, then you should reasonable expect to undergo an inspection for the safety of all spectators.

    The condition of the seating area were we watched the race, up in the Paddock Penthouse across from the pit lane, was an abomination…the seats were caked in dirt and film and looked like nobody had cleaned the area since the end of the last 500…Defender, you continually rail against the substandard housekeeping and maintenance of the facility under the current management and I now understand your frustration regarding the sad state of the physical plant at IMS….I know that the track is a historic throwback to a simpler time but today’s standards call for a minimum of cleanliness and care…especially for the $150.00 ticket price.

    More darts for the lackluster concessions although the limited space for vending unavoidably impacts the narrow selection…I’m OK with peanuts and hot dogs but Miller Lite as the lone beer selection? This was a true disappointment and I will consider a cooler (and the inspection) next year.

    The weather was perfect for the race…the cooler temperatures and light wind coupled with the cloud cover enabled the cars to get the best aerodynamic conditions and surely helped the on-track action.

    I agree Defender that IMS should have selected an artist with wider appeal to sing the National Anthem and management needs to find an appropriate replacement for the venerable Jim Nabors to sign ‘Back Home Again in Indiana’ before he leaves us for the great gig in the sky…

    Onto the race itself…the race to the front and the non-stop passing for the lead added an incredible amount of drama and excitement and left all of us in attendance on our feet for the last half of the race….I am very pleased with the increased passing ability of the current car, which is still kind of funky looking, and the drivers’ ability to race in close proximity without fear of flipping or another catastrophic incident. I will certainly take the close action, the multiple passes for the lead and the lack of collisions and cautions over some of the races that have come in recent years, which included few passes for the lead, numerous and avoidable collisions which result in crash fests and too many boring yellows which kill the on-track action.

    Yes, spreadoption, Monaco features no passes for the lead this weekend but Monte Carlo is an anomaly on today’s F1 calendar and this venue offers no chance of any real passing…however, F1 has had plenty of passing both this season and last due to the DRS zones and unpredictability with the tires.

    Lastly, having TK take the win, even if he had to finish under caution, brought the crowd to its feet with joy and jubilation has he has paid his dues and justly deserved the win, especially considering his dash to the front in the closing laps instead of waiting for the last lap to make his move….had Marco, Ryan, or young Munoz taken the chance, perhaps one of them would have savored victory….although you have to question the timing of Dario’s ‘late race’ crash….very suspicious for a driver of his caliber to eat the wall right after he received fresh rubber on the last pit stop.

    Defender, I hope that IMS receives that $100M grant or loan or whatever the State of Indiana intends on giving the track as now is the time for serious upgrades and bringing the facility in compliance with the ADA….I witnessed numerous older folks struggle with getting around and these long standing and loyal patrons deserve better from the track that Geo. Hulman built for them so long ago.

    See you at the 98th running of the 500 next May and let the on-track drama and excitement continue for us true fans, regardless of whether we still hold an unrelenting grudge against TG and his failed vision.

    Comment by Neil Rubin — May 30, 2013 @ 3:49 pm | Reply

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