Todd, would you keep going back to a restaurant that, at one time had good food you liked but now doesn't? Would you keep going back, eating this new slop, complaining while you're doing it and not find another restaurant to go to that suits your needs? That's what you guys sound like.2. Yes, move on along fans. Don't like our unpopular, hard to sell, increasingly irrelevant form of racing? Its your fault. Its always the fans fault for not liking the product and not "buying in". Indy Car has changed. It continues to change, at a dizzying and confusing rate. Heck the schedule for THIS year is still in flux. Maybe its not the fans who you should be lecturing about "changing"....
Diners after quaffing down another meal at a restaurant they don't like
Diner 1 "The food here still isn't good"
Diner 2 "And in such large portions too"
I'm betting you could probably keep the seating within turns 3 and turn 1. Like the USAC crowd, there's a lot of Indy place fans that will show up regardless of what's on the track but there's another type of attendee that has expectations. Not the least of which is not wanting to watch a type of car(Silvercrowns) racing in the race that was out moded and out paced 60 some odd years ago. Heck, while we're at it, drop the HD broadcast and switch to a Black and White broadcast instead, that will really add that nostalgic feel.2. I don't really think the audience for the Indy 500 would be effected much, whether you ran formula cars, jalopies or stagecoaches in the Indy 500. And ABC execs are probably a tad more agast each time they take a look at the sub 1 rating they get for any non-Indy 500 race they have on their network.
ABC execs are writing checks for the 500, the series is an add on. Sorry, but attempting to sell Indy car as a top line racing series but using cars and drivers from a little known racing series along with OLD technology isn't going to draw any interest other than causing them to think "what else can we put on at 11am on Sunday on Memorial day weekend besides Indy"
"Try stepping up and joining us in the here and now Howard, instead of waxing lament over an age of Indycar racing that hasn't been around in 50 - 60 years. Try appreciating these drivers for the good show they attempt to provide you at every race and stop judging them on where they were born or what type of auto racing they came from. Indy car has changed, so should you or move along..."
I'm not lamenting over any age or series...I've simply pointed out AOW's major problem...it started with Bill France...NASCAR was on the rise long before the split...period...whether I like it or not is of little or no consequence, but, it sure seem to ruffle your feathers...but, you are correct...IndyCar has changed...
For what it's worth, KMBC Channel 9 in Kansas City had a little feature on the increased banking at Kansas Speedway. Guess what the track spokesman said would be the main benefit of the rebanking? "Closer, more exciting pack racing." His exact words.
The moment he said that, I knew instantly IndyCar will never, ever race again at that track. At least on the oval. They're putting in a road course this summer, too.
I can hear some of you right now saying "Good." What I'm thinking is "one more opportunity to have an oval on the schedule, shot to hell."
You could also say the same about the fall in popularity of USAC racing as well.
When you're the only burger joint in town, life's good. When 5 or 6 more suddenly spring up the inevitable happens. A decline in popularity as customers try different burgers from the other joints and choose the one they like best. Your business goes down, theirs goes up. You're not answering any questions, you're merely pointing out the obvious. Even NASCAR is struggling to hold onto a declining fanbase after a number of years of growth.
Without them and their cash, there is no sport left.
The question now becomes, how much longer do they want to "run things". And if they decide to go back to running the race and track they truly care about, who takes over running the rest of the sport....if anyone.
Since I didn't like your response I'm going to throw chicken bones and empty beer cans at you. Unless Junior wins.
"The series may be hesitant to say it, but the day is here for everybody that loves IndyCar racing to link arms and help each other out. Anybody who doesn’t want to do that needs to find something else to do with their time.”
-- Eddie Gossage, President, Texas Motor Speedway, ICONIC Advisory Committee & TrackForum member
One thing is for sure. The first Indy 500 in 1911 wasn't the start of auto racing in this country. There was already semi-organized racing happening and those were the guys that showed up at Indy. It remained that way until the track closed for racing in 1942. Racing outside of Indy restarted in 1946 when the Hulmans took over. The need for an outside racing organization was so great that Tony Hulman created USAC when it appeared AAA was going to close up shop. I'm sure he asked himself, "where will the cars come from for my May race if AAA shuts down. The sport began dying on the vine sometime after that. They failed to do what Bill France or Bernie Ecclestone did with their race series, by not growing the sport but letting it just run it's course. It worked great when there was no competition but that changed. By the 70's the sport was in real decline but again, they did nothing. Now, after expending hundreds of millions to re-gain control of the sport, they put a budget in place making it impossible to grow the sport despite the fact it's in desperate need. The Hulmans seem to want ownership of OW racing, at least the series that runs at Indy, but they just don't know what to do with it when they've got it.
IMO, as unrealistic as it sounds, it would be in the best interest of the sport if the Hulmans would just get completely out of it. Sell IMS and the series to somebody that will do something with it. It's painful to watch it all, INDY 500 included, die slowly on the vine.
Who's got next?