Ground(ed) Effects

Indycar and general autosport opinion

It doesn’t seem so very long ago when we were all left in stunned disbelief following the death of Dan Wheldon, October 16, 2011. Maybe it’s because it hasn’t been that long really.  Now resigned to the terrible result of another all too fateful moment on Sunday, I finally had to take a moment away …

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“There are things known, and things unknown,  and in between  are the doors of perception” – Aldous Huxley With a relatively late-in-the-day 4-hour drive home from the Milwaukee Mile Sunday night, and my fully-tired 11-year-old son asleep in the co-pilot’s seat, I had some extended solitude with which to consider my very enjoyable weekend in West …

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“Now is the summer of our discontent Made glorious winter by this sun of Anton; And all the clouds that lower’d upon IMS In the deep bosom of racing buried.” In paraphrasing Shakespeare’s Richard III, I am comparing the rise and fall of not only the oft-maligned leadership of Indycar by Anton Hulman George, but …

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People may be surprised to learn that my blog is written totally off-the-cuff and with no preconceived idea until I get behind the keyboard in earnest. I’ve always done this intentionally to produce something immediate and genuine. Some posts are half-baked, others fully. Today’s post is no different so only you will judge it’s bakededness.I’m …

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Without deigning to delve into Detroit’s drenched driving debacle, this week’s post will focus on the update to my Greatest 33, post-2015 Indy 500. If you recall the post prior to the race, I pondered how this might change depending on who won, lead laps, and finished in the top 5. Change it did.After a few …

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It’s Indianapolis.It’s May.It’s the Indianapolis 500 Mile Race and all that accompanies it.Speed. Danger. Thrills. Drama. This Sunday will be my 28th Indy 500.In light of the recent uproar regarding the on-track incidents of the past week, (largely from those voices with a marginal or myopic understanding at best of the history of this event), it should …

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I am, perhaps, quite predictable. I can’t possibly know this, however, unless evidenced by others. For those that know me well, they register only faint surprise when I produce one of two sports-related anecdotes; one that employs use of comparative statistics, or one that reflects my nostalgic nature.Today’s post is a little of both.As a nostalgist, a …

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It’s been over 50 years since those heady days of the 1960s science and technology boom in the US. Electronic (vacuum) tubes were soon to be replaced by an interesting, solid-state device, known as an integrated circuit board. (What was it about the 1960s that made it so damned amazing anyway?)Gordon Moore was one of …

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There have been several treatises written by many much more skilled than I dealing with the sturm und drang surrounding Indycar and it’s TV ratings (which is oft used by media and advertising folks to indicate its relative popularity in our culture, and, in some cases, to indicate relative worth in the commercial marketplace) so …

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“the middle of the road, is no private cul-de-sac…”– Chryssie Hynde, The PretendersAs my tens of readers may or may not have noticed, there was no post last Tuesday. Due to a much-needed and enjoyable vacation week, I elected to enjoy my day at the beach and pool rather than stuff more content of questionable …

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