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July 15, 2014

IndyCar At Iowa: Thumbs Up!

Filed under: The Disciple Blogs — Disciple of INDYCAR @ 10:24 pm

SponsoredWhat a grand and glorious short track IndyCar race at Iowa Speedway this past weekend! Despite interruption from thundershowers, the threat of weather more severe and a schedule that changed to conform to the bad weather they managed to get all 300 laps in despite a stoppage. When the track was green the racing pleased the fans.

Despite the bad weather they race was very well attended. Iowa is the kind of track that draws a lot of motor homes and various other campers, and those areas were full. The hospitality tent in turn one was also packed, probably from folks avoiding raindrops.

The track was built as a drivers track and remains unique in its configuration. It is almost as bumpy as a typical street circuit. Even the anemic field of barely over twenty cars provided great racing.

WhoAlexIt is always better in person but a review of the DVR playback on NBCSN occasionally sounded odd. Imagine Darrell Waltrip calling a Formula 1 race. That is the same kind of feeling I get when the F-1 team and Paul Tracy take the mic. A few examples of things that make me cringe include ‘safety car’ (it is a PACE CAR over here, fellows), ‘shunt’ to describe a wreck (what’s wrong with ‘he hit the wall’ or ‘he hit the fence’ or ‘he had a wreck?’), or the lack of the word ‘the’ when talking about a driver visiting THE hospital. Saying ‘he was in hospital’ is strange. And why is Nigel Mansell’s name brought up so regularly? He was a cart flash in the pan in the early 90s who won a championship but not Indy after a nice run in F-1. What relevance does he have today? He remains, after all, one of those nose-in-the-air types with regard to IndyCar after ’95 so who cares? At least they have eased up on the papal-appointment-to-sainthood of Alex Zanardi, who is most famous (other than the accident) for making an illegal pass. But I digress. Let’s talk about the drivers of today on the broadcasts, many of whom could eventually become legends.

The usual Mark David Chapman-type squatters here will no doubt pull their chicken-little attendance shtick eventually, but as we know their ignorance will not prevent them from portension of doom over what they stupidly consider ‘bad’ attendance because a few ticket holders did not show up after seeing the forecast.

Ryan Hunter-ReayOn a similar note Robin Miller offered a column in Racer in which he bemoans the lack of effort on behalf of IndyCar with regard to ovals and the presentation of them (which is embarrassing), something pointed out over and over on this blog. Job one of IndyCar is to ensure a balanced schedule, something that is rapidly shrinking away given the proclivities of those making decisions. Even the often acrimonious relationship that has evolved over time with ISC and SMI should not prevent IndyCar from getting creative. There are plenty of non-ISC/SMI ovals to consider more seriously. The two that might be fascinating are Memphis and Rockingham. Gateway, Nashville and others are simply waiting. IndyCar also needs to be back at Chicagoland and Kentucky. They could even get creative. Chicago in even years and Kentucky in odd years with consistent dates.

Off the soap box and on to the next event in Toronto. After Mid-Ohio the fabulous Milwaukee Mile will be back in a month. See you at the track!



  1. i always thouhgt zenardi cheeted by running through the damn inflied at lagoona tryin to get passed brian herta. bo barfeld wouldnt put up with that crap.

    Comment by williebdrunk — July 16, 2014 @ 10:28 am | Reply

  2. Agree that the 10,000-15,000 crowd was solid, given the zero walk up gate due to the weather. I’m sure Indy car is trying to figure out why advance sales keep falling, but lessening demand for the series seems a fact of life right now (greatly reduced crowds at each of the other races confirm this).
    Editor’s Note: Actually, all available tickets were sold. Iowa continues going strong, with a long term title sponsor and lots of ancillary sponsorship for the event. From an attendee standpoint we all had a great time again this year. Marvelous track.

    Comment by Bob Chinn — July 16, 2014 @ 12:06 pm | Reply

    • All available tickets were not sold. That’s simply untrue. You’ve been badly misinformed.
      Editor’s Note: Really? This nonsense again? OK. Whatever you say. LOL.

      Comment by Bob Chinn — July 16, 2014 @ 1:54 pm | Reply

      • From my perspective, honesty and accuracy are never considered “nonsense”. I realize, however, that not everyone shares that view. Glad you had a good time.
        Editor’s Note: I prefer fact-based accuracy based on two primary sources: 1) Actually discussing with folks in charge, and 2) In-person observation with my own eyeballs and logical sense of reasoning. The fact that a few ticket holders did not attend based on the weather does not equate to fewer ticket sales. Quite a few fans with whom I spoke did not even make it to their seats, preferring, for example, the big sponsor event under the tent in turn one. Iowa is one of IndyCar’s success stories, and despite the ownership and financial difficulties of previous ownership here’s hoping it remains for a good long while. Great venue, great market and really good oval racing.

        Comment by Bob Chinn — July 16, 2014 @ 4:15 pm

      • I’m certain that a few ticket holders were understandably deterred by the threatening weather, while others sought refuge (at least temporarily) under the grandstands or in a more secure setting. Nonetheless, not all of the available tickets were sold, as was easily verified right up until the start of the race, when a number of seats remained available for purchase from the track ticket office. The grandstand views (and there were many on my DirecTV recording of the race) confirmed that the stands were far from full, as any and all could clearly see. Not really a matter of debate.
        Editor’s Note: More correctly, not really WORTHY of debate. Management is very happy with sales, the sponsor is solid, and I’m certain IndyCar is gratified you monitored sales so closely but more importantly watched it on television. When I played it back my attention was on the actual racing, which is considered normal behavior.

        Comment by Bob Chinn — July 16, 2014 @ 5:20 pm

      • Since you allegedly spoke with “folks in charge” would you care to name them? ( we’re not holding our breath).
        Editor’s Note: No. Not worth discussing with blog comment section squatters.

        And observations based on “your own eyeballs” hardly counts as definitive proof. ( ESPECIALLY YOUR OWN EYEBALLS)
        Editor’s Note: At least I went. You know, money where mouth is and all of that?

        Agreed that the facility appears to be high quality. Too bad no top line series with real media attention runs there.
        Editor’s Note: But everyone here on the Internet appreciates your obsessive blog comment section objective vigilance, if not repeatedly demonstrated maturity. LOL

        Comment by Olderfan — July 16, 2014 @ 6:25 pm

      • (Off topic commentary relocated to comment section of 12/19/13 blog)

        Comment by Olderfan — July 17, 2014 @ 12:51 pm

  3. Great race with a surprising ending. I have to agree about the broadcast. I wish they would quit trying to make this F1 like.

    Its when you watch a race like this you remember what Indycar was like and could be again.

    Comment by Bob F. — July 16, 2014 @ 12:54 pm | Reply

  4. Two thumbs up for the Iowa race! We went 2012 and had a great time.

    Comment by Tony Dinelli — July 16, 2014 @ 1:26 pm | Reply

  5. (Off topic commentary relocated to comment section of 12/10/13 blog)

    Comment by Olderfan — July 16, 2014 @ 7:44 pm | Reply

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