Based on a brief interaction with long-time Indycar tweeter, and even longer-time Indycar fan @stevewittich, I was harshly snapped from my mid/late-season Indycar and ambivalent blogging funk to post my thoughts today.
Here’s that interaction…
@stevewittich again it’s the conflict of (semi-) interest between IMS the facility and Indycar the sport. #ITDOESNTWORK
— DZ (@groundedeffects) August 14, 2013
Here’s what I thought immediately following..
I understand fully the Hulman Companies position and myopic desire to ‘hold’ the property of Indycar, especially through May 2016 (the 100th Race) but I honestly believe a strong and significant argument can be made that the previous 19 years of history shows a constant decline of, and inability in, tending to the business of the top level of American Open Wheel Racing.
All the while, IMS as a facility and property has done just fine thank you very much, and to me, the stark contrast between the entities of IMS and Indycar over the last 19 years indicates that the management of those two entities under the current roof is not tenable in any form. I’m thrilled as a native Hoosier and longtime fan of the hallowed grounds that IMS as a landmark racing facility has improved so steadily and mightily, but the product that is Indycar is not in the hands of the people who can make it grow. The time is now for Hulman and Company to release Indycar into the hands of people with a vested interest, ability, and desire to make it grow, without the distraction of associated and conflicting interests.
This got me thinking about the fair bit I’ve been reading about Dan Andersen and his acquisition of the entire Mazda Road To Indy ladder series. Dear Dan, if you are listening, it’s me, DZ…
I’m sure his plate is overflowing with all the challenging goodness that F2000, Star Mazda, and now Indy Lights currently hold, but if there’s anyway you could see fit to be involved in obtaining Indycar from its current overseers, I think we’d really have something of major value, structure, form, and energy to begin a terrific new jumping-off point for the next chapter of Indycar.
I’d like to write a ‘thank-you’ note something like this around my 50th birthday, approximately 4 years from today…
Dear Mr. Andersen,
It is with great happiness that I celebrate my 50th year of existence this week and also my 40th year as a fan of Indycar. I think it goes without saying just what an immense job you have done with our great sport of American Open Wheel Racing and I speak for many who hold you in the highest regard.
All the options created by the diversity and technology you’ve harnessed in the new chassis and motor rules have made Indycar not just interesting to the manufacturers, but vital to gaining the rabid interest of fans and sponsors, the likes of which we haven’t seen since the ’80s.
Now, to have completely obtained and reshaped the Indycar ladder and positioned it for tremendous growth as you have, I am ever-hopeful the sport we all love will continue to grow and prosper as it has under your guidance for future generations.
Many thanks Dan! You’ve given this 50-year-old fan the best Indycar present he could ask for.
And now, my blog must rest again.
To sleep, perchance to dream…