Ground(ed) Effects

Indycar and general autosport opinion

There is an axiom that floats about the business world, “people will tell you what they want, if you just listen to them”. The most successful salespersons and businesses shut up and listen, examine that information, and then figure out how to best provide it. Today the Formula 1 drivers Association also took their concerns …

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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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February 25, 2017 – Austin, TXGood morning everyone from sunny Austin, Texas and welcome to the first on-track open test of the inaugural season of the 2018 RedBull Hypercar Series.Ever since the purchase of the nearly-defunct Indycar series by RedBull in late 2016 and the subsequent debut of the RedBull X1 chassis as the spec …

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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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One of the most enjoyable parts of the Indy 500 is not only the amazing and rich history of the event, but knowing that each year is an opportunity to see something amazing.  Some of the richest lore comes from events that seemed destined for a certain end if not for the intervention of fate’s …

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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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