Why does NASCAR insist on a race weekend at Indianapolis? It's just plain boring.
Stock cars at Indianapolis are incredibly boring. There. I said it. Someone had to!
Ahead of the upcoming "super weekend" at Indianapolis, I figured now was the best time to share my thoughts on what can be easily dubbed (in my opinion) as the worst stop on the calendar in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series.
I will state the facts before I start a real rant here.
1. You cannot pass at Indianapolis in a stock car.
Well, sure, there is passing. But those passes occur when one guy gets a little out of the groove, or there is a mistake made, or a big pack on a restart. There are no "racing" passes per se.
2. Slower speeds, and a smaller groove than the open wheel compatriots that race there every May.
This one completely relates to the first fact. While the speeds are slower, there is one groove, and it is really small. Taking a hulking 3,400 lb stock car and letting it loose on this tricky 2.5 mile rectangle is like putting a gorilla on a tight rope. What is the point? Well, the gorilla would be hilarious to watch but this race just puts me to sleep.
3. Tradition is not a reason to race somewhere.
Those are my three reasons behind this rant. Now, I will never pose such an issue without looking at a potential solution. It just wouldn't be fair to expect the NASCAR brass to come up with a good plan of attack if the chance arose that this lowly commentary would influence the series.
That is solution number one. We lost that great track many moons ago, after a couple incredibly exciting photo finishes. I don't understand the logic behind ditching a track that had such great and exciting racing. Wait, I do understand the logic. Not enough people in the seats.
Just wait folks. There is more.
Another road course. Yep. Contradiction. Isn't it beautiful?
I may have called stock cars tanks on a road course above, but I do have a weird fascination with seeing these lumbering beasts making left, and right turns. I rarely miss the opportunity to take in these races.
Road America would make a great addition to the schedule, replacing one of the cookie cutter tracks in the chase, which could be moved to the Indianapolis date. What about Circuit Gilles Villeneuve? NASCAR showed up a handful of years ago and bought our (I am Canadian) National stock car series and branded it the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series…why not show some support and send the big boys up to Montreal for a show. Make it a chase race too!
Let's go around the final turn and come back to where we started. There will be a three-and-a-half hour infuriating test session of 43 cars running around a track make for open wheel cars on Sunday, which NASCAR will call the Brickyard 400. It's boring. Thats all there is too it. I have posed my problem, and given some solutions. Maybe I am going a little too far, but all we can do now is HOPE for CHANGE. Obama for President 2008.