Like most American kids that grew up in the 80's I watched the Indy 500 every year and became interested in motorsports thanks to that race, but I didn't really get hooked until I started watching Formula 1 racing in the late 90's. My favorite era were those years with the great Mika Hakkinen/Michael Schumacher battles. (I was a Mika Hakkinen fan) So my fondness for Formula 1 waned once Mika retired and Schumacher started winning everything, even at the expense of his teammate Rubens Barrichello. My interest in F1 has only been lukewarm since.

Then I turned to Champ Car racing here in the US for my motorsports fix. However that was quickly extinguished once Champ Car and Indy Car merged and we were stuck with Tony George and his many foibles. (It was entertaining to watch the Hulman/George drama I'll admit.) My interest has been less than lukewarm with Indy Car lately, even without Tony George at the helm.

Over time however, the excitement I once had for motorsports has slowly gone. Maybe it has to do with my age, I don't know. But I think I will pour my efforts into my Trooper and my interests in the outdoors to add excitement to my life.

Thanks for checking out my blog, I hope you enjoy it. I will still post racing news when I find something interesting or noteworthy.

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

champcar fanatics

(posted on 9-24-08)

. . . just outright shillin'!

...Two more years of the ugly car with the loud engine and the Big 3 having everything their way is not endearing in any way, shape or form. But we’re stuck with it – nothing is going to change before 2011 and all the bitching and moaning you and I do won’t make TG change his mind. The hope is for a couple new engine manufacturers to come in and pour in some much-needed money and that Dallara will build something sexy and zoomy. - Robin Shiller

How 'bout you write how bad it is every day like you did when CCWS was suckin'?

It's a RED FLAG to IRL teams, drivers and sponsors everytime they hear "wait until 2011". It's quite sickening and obvious why TG wants to wait. It has nothing to do with improvement of the car or openwheel racing. That is the year of his Mindy Centennial which he stupidly gave up everything to fund and now he can't bear that he may have killed the sport before he gets to celebrate its 100th birthday in Mindy. He knows how stupid he'll look. So instead of swallowing his pride, TG is trying to keep a 97 yr old legally dead patient on life support for 3 more years so he can say they lived to a hundred and throw the party of his lifetime!!!!! That is all he cares about. The rest is lies and lines that people in the business should know better than to accept. Is it in any way fair to all the drivers, teams, sponsors, employees, venues and cities? That kind of a wait under such circumstances will take its toll - a much heavier one than what he has already done this year to openwheel racing. Next year will be even worse for them than this year was, they will all get it by then. But it will be too late. The year after will be a total nightmare that most current drivers and teams will never recover from. By the time they get to 2011 there may be only 5-6 teams left - all verging on bankruptcy. And yet TG will smile as he lights the birthday candles and cuts the cake. As soon as the party is over, he'll say "Oh, I see it isn't going to improve" and he's going to pull the plug and leave them all high and dry (probably a sweet revenge against some that he secretly holds - we won't mention any names, Cap'n). He doesn't care about them and you can't run a business like that. In the end, no one will want to work for him. So any that ignore that HUGE RED FLAG which is being waved in their face daily, and stay on with him anyway, realizing that the sport is going to fail along with their own interests and future, then they will get what they deserve. On the other hand, if they are smart and see the writing on the wall NOW, and find ALMS or someone who is truly passionate and dedicated to openwheel to lead them (ie: Ben Johnson) then they might be part of a truly GOOD future that includes prosperity, opportunity and great racing. IMHO

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