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.

Thursday, September 18, 2008

champcar fanatics

(posted on 8-23-08 regarding why he feels indycar is worthless)

Pat, even if hate was not an issue, OW racing would continue and will continue to be a nothing sport with the current ownership and leadership. Why, because they don't get it. They don't understand what makes a great racing series. It's more than just cars, or drivers, or tracks. It's about the right blend of those ingredients that when mixed correctly produce hair raising chills, excitement, drama and spectacular racing. Does the .irl have ANY of those ingredients? Much less the correct mix?

Sadly, FTG and the .irl still think everything is about one race and they have diminished that race to almost worthless as a race or even racing entertainment.

If ever a new top level ow racing series is born, it will be birthed by racers and money men who have a passion for being on the edge, of producing the best racing, who understand the thrill of watching a sport that has you on the edge of your seat. The only seat the .irl put me on is the toilet.

No Tony Georges or Kevin Kalkhovens will produce the kind of series I want to watch. Maybe a Don Panoz will surface someday with the vision (excuse the reference) to know what it takes to start and build a great OW series. The longer it takes to get started the harder it will be to put it together because those of us fans who care are being lost to nascar or simple apathy, or ALMS or.........

The kind of visionary entrepreneurs needed for a new series are not involved in motor racing, instead they are building space tourist businesses and aircraft racing series, challenging new frontiers, not trying to resurrect failed old standards.

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