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Old 03-20-2014, 06:08 PM
 
Location: North York
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^ Stick a fork in IndyCar. It's done.

Lame ass gimmicks are not going to save it. The once great Indy 500 has now become the Marion County 500.
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Old 03-25-2014, 03:08 PM
 
Location: Charlotte, NC
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Actually, this year's grid is a huge improvement: JPM is back, American drivers have good seats, Aleshin and Sam Bird are very capable drivers coming from Europe's lower series, if Luca Filippi joins it will have the 2012 GP2 champion. Obviously not a 1992 level grid, but hardly a joke.
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Old 03-25-2014, 07:44 PM
 
Location: Cincinnati, OH
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Nabors will sing 'Back Home Again' for final time May 25 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway

I'm really going to miss his voice in 2015.
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Old 03-29-2014, 04:59 AM
 
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Even Penske has moved on to NASCAR as the future of the team.
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Old 03-29-2014, 04:08 PM
 
Location: Cincinnati, OH
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What makes you say that?
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Old 03-30-2014, 07:10 AM
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Location: The Sand Hills of NC
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Even Penske has moved on to NASCAR as the future of the team.
And Ganassi.

I remember when I was a kid in the 50's USAC and the Indy 500 was the "greatest spectacle in auto racing" and NASCAR was for those "hicks" in the South.

Even in the sixties Indy fans were making fun of NASCAR claiming all they did was haul the same clunkers around the country trying to put on a race.

Well back then maybe NASCAR was low budget compared to INDY but when NASCAR expanded and dropped the bull ring races and concentrated and 400-500 mile races attendance picked up and when the Daytona 500 came to live TV the rules changed. Instead of local body shops sponsoring teams major oil co's, and other high dollar sponsors saw the advantage that a million dollars in sponsorship bought them TV time worth many millions.

A company name on a hood or quarter panel gets you more TV exposure than any space you can put on an Indy car.

Now most NASCAR team owners are more wealthy than the Indy car owners excluding Penske and Ganassi.

Hendrick, Roush and most of the other team owners have race shops the put Indy car teams to shame.

And that's why NASCAR is the top series in the USA. Plus they put on competitive races rather than some other series that only features high technology cars following the leader for 150 miles.
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Old 03-30-2014, 05:03 PM
 
Location: Tampa, FL
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^ Stick a fork in IndyCar. It's done.

Lame ass gimmicks are not going to save it. The once great Indy 500 has now become the Marion County 500.
watched my first race - seems pretty interesting to me - went to the practice runs on Friday and got up close to the pit and cars - even ran a 5k around the track - was awesome. Already looking forward to next year's race here in the TB area - and will likely watch races during this season on the HDTV. Gotta love the drivers -
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Old 03-30-2014, 05:20 PM
 
Location: North York
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I tried to watch a few laps and it was more of the same old, same old. Ugly cars plodding around. Castroneves is a phoney. (Jimmy Vasser once listed him as one of his favourite actors.)

Open wheel racing in North America is dead. Thanks Tony.
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Old 03-30-2014, 05:54 PM
 
Location: Tampa, FL
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went to Daytona 500 this year and did notice a big difference in the fans who attended that event and the ST Pete Grand Prix - think they drove down from Appalachia to see the NASCAR event - some odd looking Quasimodos.
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Old 03-30-2014, 07:51 PM
 
Location: Cincinnati, OH
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Once again I forgot to watch the opening race.
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