I am a guilty man. I have violated not one, but two rules of the blogging world. Our friend Pressdog has a steadfast rule that we should all follow; Never engage the crazies – it’s a no-win situation. The other violation was for a rule that may not even exist, but it is probably one of those unwritten laws of blogger ethics; Never expose the true identity of a commenter. On Monday, I did both.
As Sunday’s race from Reliant Park in Houston was winding down, I started formulating in my mind what I was going to write about. After all, I had seen the driver I am pulling for in the championship battle have a terrible weekend. Suddenly, my bad mood for Helio’s misfortunes seemed very trivial.
After a five-week hiatus, IndyCar racing is finally back – and not a bit too soon. The IndyCar Series heads to Reliant Park in Houston for the Shell and Pennzoil Grand Prix of Houston. As I noted last week, I had lost interest and focus on the series – but there has been a ton of news lately that has sort of jolted me back into race mode. Maybe the biggest step in bringing me back around was the announcing of all the details earlier this week regarding next year’s Grand Prix of Indianapolis. I’ll have more thoughts on that next week.
For years, I have been moaning about the IndyCar coverage on ABC/ESPN. The object of most of my rants was usually lap-by-lap announcer Marty Reid. On Sunday, we learned that ESPN parted ways with Marty. Upon hearing the news, I posted on Twitter that it was the best IndyCar news I’ve heard all season.
Friday afternoon brought a flurry of news in the IndyCar world. There was the confirmation that IZOD would terminate their title sponsorship with the series. Then there were the reports and denials that Tony Kanaan had inked a deal with Chip Ganassi Racing. The one news item that caught me totally off-guard was the death of legendary Chief Mechanic George Bignotti.
After I watched The Book of Manning, the excellent documentary on the Manning family that aired Tuesday night on ESPN; I began to ponder how this compares with the history of IndyCar. Since I am a Tennessee alumnus, I’ll admit I’m a little biased – but I don’t think there is much debate over which family is the First Family of football. It’s the Manning family.
No matter what you do, it’s always good to take a break. You know that the break did you some good when you’re glad to get back to what you were doing. I took a week-long break from here and re-charged my batteries. Today is my first day back. After reading this, some may say I need to take another break. I’ll promise you, I’m not as down as I may come across. It’s just that I’ve decided to tackle a subject that is bothering me – and that’s the fact that the IndyCar Series is far away from my thoughts.