Racing dynasties are always an interesting topic among race fans. It’s always a lively discussion to debate whether the Andrettis or the Unsers are the most regal among IndyCar royalty. The Vukovich family also had three generations to race in the Indianapolis 500. The Andretti family is known for its hard luck at Indianapolis. The Unsers had great success at Indianapolis, but have had their share of embarrassing issues off the track.
By now, we’ve all heard that Verizon has officially been named title sponsor for the IndyCar Series. From this point forward, the series is now officially known as the Verizon IndyCar Series. We have also read and heard just about every accolade that has been said about this announcement. Believe me, it is all well deserved. I think even the Legions of the Miserable would be hard-pressed to find any negatives at all about this deal.
Most agree that the maximum number of entries for this year’s Indianapolis 500 is going to be thirty-four cars. That means all but one will make the field. Regardless of how you configure the qualifying format, there isn’t a whole lot of suspense in finding out who is the one without a chair when the music stops on Saturday afternoon. Most of the comments from Wednesday’s post, indicate that any tweaking by IMS officials is simply masking the bigger problem – low car count.
Some that know me may be surprised to find out that I have mixed emotions on the new qualifying format for the Indianapolis 500. Paul Dalbey, from More Front Wing, actually expressed disappointment to Curt Cavin on Trackside’s Blogger Night that I wasn’t up in arms and defending the stance of the pure traditionalist. Don’t worry, I still treasure true traditions.
Last week brought big news regarding the Indianapolis 500. No, I’m not talking about the announcement that Kurt Busch will do “The Double” for Andretti Autosport. Nor am I referring to the revamped qualifying procedure that was finally announced on Friday. I’ll discuss my thoughts regarding that on Wednesday. No, what I’m talking involves food. That’s what makes it so important. The news is that the concessions, both food & beverage, at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway will be run by a new company – Levy Restaurants.
Have you seen what the NFL is talking about doing? They are seriously considering moving the spot of the ball for the extra-point, from the two-yard line back to the twenty-five. The reasoning is that the extra-point has become almost automatic and this will put some excitement into the game. This is clearly a case of trying to fix something that isn’t broken. Why do they always feel the need to change something for change sake?
When the news came that Kurt Busch had been confirmed in a fifth car for Andretti Autosport in this year’s Indianapolis 500; it was good news for a lot of reasons. He will become the fourth driver in history to do “The Double” – attempting to run in the Indianapolis 500 and the Coca-Cola 600 in Charlotte, NC on the same day.