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February 24, 2014

2014 Racing Season Arrives in a Soggy Way

Filed under: The Disciple Blogs — Disciple of INDYCAR @ 4:00 pm

delljoonyerTo many auto racing aficionados the racing season begins each year with the Daytona 24 hours deal, which is fine. To most casual fans the Daytona 500 is the unofficial start of actual racing for the new year. It was a chore to watch this year because after the first 38 laps it took 6 ½ hours to run the final 162. The ‘Junior Nation’ is happy, however. It was easy to feel sorry for the fans in attendance dodging rain and severe weather. Even with the attendance challenges that face NASCAR and most all sporting events there were still a lot of folks there. Not 250,000, as some new outlets suggested when discussing the evacuation for tornado warnings.

Duck and coverMy hair splitting annoyances, as usual, involved members of the Waltrip family on live microphones with their usual hyperbolic fiction; e.g., Daytona is the birthplace of speed, drivers come from all over the world to compete there, etc. Evisceration of the English language is also a popular drinking game, although our group ran out of liquor even before the first ‘boogity’ was uttered, and had we had enough to last until the end of the race chances are the living room might have resembled Guyana in 1979 by the stroke of midnight.

With regard to racing, the restrictor plate packing led to a few big ones which undoubtedly drives the purists nuts. My main concern was not really that, but the idea of racing itself. At the start of the event most drivers who talked strategy were counting on not racing, but driving for the first 2/3 of the race and were counting on fellow drivers to do the same. So why is it called a race, much less the great American one? If they are not going to race for the first 2/3 of the event why not just run 67 laps since that is the number in which racing will occur? The first 132 are probably why I nod off.

Still, most are comforted by the fact that racing season is underway. It is a shame we have to wait a few more weeks for IndyCar.

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4 Comments »

  1. Dear Defender: Attended the ‘Great American Race’ yesterday and despite rumors regarding the demise of NASCAR, Daytona was packed with race fans in every direction….in the campgrounds, on the streets, in the restaurants, in the infield, on the vendor midway, in the hotels, throughout the ‘fan zone’, in the pits, along the rails and in the stands which were full along the main straightaway where my seats were located…
    Editor’s Note: Sort of like Indy on race day, only with more people. 😉

    sure, Mother Nature was a real mutha-f when the skies grew dark and then opened up and we surmised that the atmospheric conditions dictated a very, very long rain delay and I made the executive decision to drive back to Miami and catch the finish on TV….apart from the circus that I enjoyed at the track, I observed the superior way in which NASCAR and its sponsors market the product to the national TV audience by prominently featuring its drivers, even butt ugly Kyle Busch, in TV spots on over the air Fox and its cable subsidiaries….although I watched little of the Olympics across the NBC platforms, I do not recall watching a single promo for Indy Car even though NBC Sports network will broadcast the bulk of events….what the hell are those fools at 16th and Georgetown doing about the profound lack of exposure that the series and its drivers receive on TV? Hell, I had the misfortune of looking a Kyle Busch’s ugly mug on an energy drink placard down at the Tom Thumb..where are our drivers? Does Mark Miles and its minions give a damn about promoting our series?
    Editor’s Note: Obviously they have not yet figured that out. Perhaps once the new VP’s hired to manage that area from NASCAR and Ford will make some headway. But so far, nary a peep. Sorry you had to miss 162 laps in person.

    Comment by Neil Rubin — February 24, 2014 @ 5:06 pm | Reply

    • Dear Defender:

      We need immediate action on the marketing and promotion front, not the same ol’ ‘wait until next season’ crap from Indy Car management…look, we waited for new chassis and for Chevy to give Honda some competition in the engine department and we will continue to wait for new aero kits, if these are ever developed by the teams and manufacturers but giving this series rightful exposure cannot wait another minute….it’s bad enough that we’re stuck with the old Versus TV deal and that we don’t start the season for another four weeks but what the hell is going on at Indy Car HQ? Our drivers are no worse than the goofballs running NASCAR but these boring and colorless drivers are household names and millionaires to boot…ask casual fans about Indy Car and many don’t even know that this series still exists…shameful….

      Comment by Neil Rubin — February 24, 2014 @ 6:56 pm | Reply

  2. That 250,000 number got to you, didn’t it?
    Editor’s Note: Not in a frothing at the mouth way, but I like people who tell the truth. I know attendance tends to get exaggerated by everyone but multiplying the actual number by 2 is a lie. So is claiming Daytona is the ‘birthplace of speed’ or that drivers come from all over the world to compete or most of the nonsense that gets ‘I recokoned’ out of their English attacking yaps.

    A few of your fellow bootlickers on trackforum got their blood pressure up over that too. Do you worry about a false number in May when local news outlets claim there are 250,000 people in Indy on race day when there are less than 200,000?
    Editor’s Note: ‘Bootlickers?’ Stay classy. Also, a topic reminder: The topic was the Daytona 500. You are welcome to discuss the Indianapolis 500 when that is the topic.

    Comment by TroyM — February 27, 2014 @ 3:58 am | Reply

  3. With regards to Daytona being “the birthplace of speed”: I really don’t understand why you let yourself get wound up by it.
    Editor’s Note: I wouldn’t call it ‘wound up’ but more of a head slap over its inherent dishonesty.

    It’s just vacuous marketing/PR twaddle that makes most of us smile back in a slightly condescending way. It’s no different to the constant claim from IndyCar about the Indy 500 being “the greatest spectacle in racing.”
    Editor’s Note: Having been to both my personal experience is that the 500 actually is the ‘greatest spectacle in racing.’

    Comment by AndrewC — February 27, 2014 @ 2:32 pm | Reply


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