Tuesday, May 28, 2013

If It Ain't Broke, Don't Fix It

Two things popped up this Month of May; One before the Indianapolis 500 and one after it. The two issues have been how the Indianapolis 500 is scheduled and green-white-checkered finishes. Let's talk about them in a calm and rational manner.

First off, why oh why would you want to change the current Indianapolis 500 format? I, for one, thought the old format of a week of practice, Pole Day (filling positions 1-11), Second Day (filling positions 12-22), then another week of practice, then Third Day (filling positions 23-33), and then Bump Day was a bit long and exaggerated given the current climate in Indycar. The new format, which  begins two weeks before the race, has been nothing short of great for teams, fans, and drivers. Win-win-win.

The new format is economically better for teams. Instead of having three weeks in Indy, they have two. Which I know doesn't sound like much, but that is a lot of money saved for teams. Drivers don't miss a beat with getting up to speed with the track, as seven days of practice is more than enough. And the new qualifying format has been such a treat for fans, with the Fast Nine on Pole Day is both thrilling and competitive. Not a single person wasn't in suspense as Ed Carpenter took the pole this year. My question is, why on Earth would anyone think about changing the format? *cough Robin Miller cough*

And now for the other issue, green-white-checker finishes to prevent races from ending under a yellow flag: I personally don't at all see the need for them. It is the Indianapolis 500, not the Indianapolis 507.5. The less gimmicks in Indycar, the better. NASCAR is NASCAR, Indycar is Indycar. Why must we be like them? How about we do things our way and you do them yours.

Tony Kanaan, second from right, of Brazil, passes Ryan Hunter-Reay (1) on the 197th lap to takes the lead on his way to winning the Indianapolis 500 auto race at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Indianapolis, Sunday, May 26, 2013. Carlos Munoz, of Colombia, (26) finished second, Ray finished third, and Marco Andretti (25) finished fourth. (AP Photo/AJ Mast)
Was this finish not exciting enough? (Photo: AJ Mast / AP Photo)

Jenna Fryer was saying something along the lines of (this isn't exactly word for word what she said) Indycar isn't making large profits and is barely paying the bills. Would GWC really help that? Do people honestly think that GWC finishes will increase the ratings? There are better things to be working on like a new TV deal, because most people wouldn't be able to see said finish. If anything it'll make Indycar more expensive with all of the wrecked cars following the GWC.

Our series has a lot going for it and some things going against it that should be be addressed. Shouldn't we be addressing the bad things that can be fixed rather than the things that are going well for us, like a TV deal and adding races to the schedule? Maybe I am alone.

In a separate and very unrelated note, is anyone interested in teaching me the art of masonry? I lost all of my bricks that I threw at Jim Utter and don't really feel like buying more... I am more of a do-it-yourself guy... Let me know!

-Matthew Hickey

1 comment:

  1. This was one of the best Indy 500's in recent memory and I believe it'll bode well for the sport through the remainder of 2013 and beyond.

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