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Indycar peeps need some Gangnam Style


If you don’t know WTF I’m talking about, do not proceed until you open the above link in a new tab in your browser, then watch it… then watch it again… and then one more time to let it all soak in.

South Korean Dance Pop may not be the world’s predominant form of music but, despite SoKo’s relatively recent affluence, it is one that enjoys itself and doesn’t take itself too seriously. How can it? Why should it? I think the above music video (remember those?) is a stellar example of showing how fun taking yourself not soooooo seriously can be.

Indycar is closing it’s 2012 season this weekend and, when you consider the total competitiveness each race, and depth of the fields of all races, multiplied by the breadth of talent required to maintain competitiveness at the variety of venues, I contend that 2012 has been one of the greatest seasons Indycar has ever turned out. 

BUT, that’s just my personal opinion.

Do I feel bad if no one outside of Indycar’s 400,000 loyal followers sees it? I used to, but that feeling week in and week out slowly gnaws away at the enjoyment of it until you hit bone and then there’s really nothing left to enjoy.

I’m not about to go on a rant bemoaning the whys or rail against the wherefores. It’s been done ad nauseum and, at the end of the day, as a fan who chooses to consume the product or not, it doesn’t matter. 

Why we (the greater Indycar fanbase/community) feel the need to be more widely accepted beyond our nice little table near the back of the cafeteria has grown quite tiresome, unhelpful, and more questionable by the day to me. 

If the model that currently exists is sustainable and even allows some room for modest growth, so be it and who the fuck cares beyond that?

400,000 Indycar loyalists worldwide means Indycar is a niche sport – simple as that. Indycar will be whatever it’s going to be. People will love it or not. If you’re enjoying Indycar, enjoy it to the maximum!  

Accept it.

Own it.

Enjoy it for what it is. 

ENJOY THE HELL OUT OF IT!

Or not. 


That’s Gangnam Style.


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