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.
When most sports fans think of March, their minds immediately go to March Madness – the NCAA Basketball tournament. I enjoy the tournament as well, but my Tennessee Vols haven’t made it in a couple of years and they seemed determined to underachieve their way out of it again this season – although they did put a thrashing on Vanderbilt on Saturday, so all is not lost. Nevertheless, my excitement over March Madness has waned recently. Baseball fans view March as a time for optimism. When their teams come close to winning the Cactus or Grapefruit Leagues, they convince themselves that they are looking at a pennant run in the fall.