Friday, May 27, 2005

"New Blood" at the Brickyard

One of the things I like about Indy Car racing over NASCAR is that there are always plenty of furriners, chix, and neegruhs (well, comparatively anyway). When I was growing up, the Indianapolis 500 was the race America watched over all others. It had the superior engineering of Formula One and the American character that NASCAR aspires to.

A few years back, the Indy Car drivers had a sort of falling out and split into two camps. This allowed NASCAR, with its slower cars but superior marketing to win out in popularity.

As an aficionado of Studebakers and OS/2, it is only natural for me to gravitate towards that which endures despite hardship and the injustice of a fickle marketplace. For that reason, I applaud the Indianapolis 500 with a female qualifying in the number 4 spot, 2 Foyts, and drivers from the Czech Republic, Brazil, South Africa, Mexico, the USA, New Zealand, England, Sweden, Canada, Scotland, Australia, France, and Japan. There is something for just about anyone here who loves auto racing. About the only thing missing is Willy T. Ribbs.

I might be an old timer who is out of touch with the new "in your face" reality TV world, but I happen to like successful women and African Americans. I also don't wring my hands worrying about whether Europeans are going to turn us into a socialist nightmare. I happen to like people from other countries. Therefore, I plan on enjoying Indy 500 weekend with all of its multi-cultural, gender positive stereotypes. These are good things in a time of "fair and balanced" whining about what we all know is right. I invite you to enjoy it as well.


The Moody Minstrel said...

I remember not so long ago that they were griping that engine power on formula one cars should be held to a reduced maximum limit so as to make it "more competitive". The reason was that the cars made by Williams-McLaren were outperforming everybody else. unfair.

As far as I know, Indy pretty much allows anything as long as it fits in a regulation-sized car.

Heck, I'd like to see them use jet-power Indycars someday! Now that would have some spectacular crashes!

Hey, everyone knows crashes are the only reason people watch auto racing.

The Moody Minstrel said...

Speaking of griping, how about following up your post with this gem?

Face it: race car drivers are whiners.

Don Snabulus said...

Good idea.

Anonymous said...

Eltigris rumblinz: Actually in the 70s they did have jet powered indy cars. Two of them. They were running second and third and a very good chance of winning the race, without pushing their engines to the limit as of yet. One developed tranny problems and the other broke some very minor but very vital part. The next year all jet powered cars were banned, citing their engine power levels could not be properly measured in horsepower and therefore prone to abuse of set power rules. As for Indy allowing anything ...Im not too sure of that. I would say they will allow anything long as it fits into the contraining walls of many rules. Not like the days of the 50s and 60s. Here too I would say big money makes sure its not upstaged by a little known independent.