The time has come to say "ENOUGH..."
by, 07-15-2010 at 04:13 PM (1653 Views)
... to put aside negativity for its own sake once and for all.
With the ICONIC committee's decision to go with a "spec" tub and add-on aerodynamics that anyone can build, there's plenty of room to ask questions. Good ones have been asked already and will keep being asked. It's hardly a slam-dunk decision they've made. It's well and good we're discussing both the potential and the pitfalls.
But the fact is the decision has been made, this is the direction the series is going, and nothing any of us here can effect is going to change that.
So enough of the pointless weeping, wailing and gnashing of teeth that they didn't choose multiple full-chassis suppliers. As has been pointed out several times over, that's too expensive in this economy and defeats the purpose. Plus, no one actually involved with ICONIC or the League ever said that would or should happen. It's a false hope, at least for now. Why waste our time on it?
And enough of the mentality that every choice, every decision and every announcement from the League has to be an unquestionable home run or we're just that much closer to the end. That's beyond silly. Take the ICONIC "strategy decision" on the 14th, for example. Yes, a lot of media ignored it or gave it small play. So what? These cars take the track in 2012, not tomorrow! There's a good seventeen months to build excellent publicity for this change. Do we really think this group of well-known people in racing who've spent so much sweat equity hammering together this decision are just going to walk away from it now and let America take it or leave it? Is that Randy Bernard's history with the PBR, or Eddie Gossage's history with Texas Speedway?
We don't have to agree on everything and we sure as hell shouldn't be Pollyannas, but we do need to be fans now. Fans don't go out of their way to undercut everything those in charge of their favorite sport do. Fans don't give up every time a decision or a strategy isn't exactly what they want. Fans especially don't wail "all is lost" when people don't pay attention to their sport as they'd like. Fans do
work together, without antagonizing one another, for the good of their sport.
The time for doom and gloom is past. The bus is here, the door is open. Get on it and ride or stay off it and walk away. The choice is ours.