On just one hand, I can count how many times I’ve done a two-part article on this site. My posts are longer than most, but I generally cover most or all that I want to say in one single post – even if it is over two-thousand words. This time however, I started writing and just couldn’t stop. Therefore, this subject will be spread out over today and Friday, so bear with me.
Archive for August, 2013
Take a look at the starting grid for a typical CART race in 1993. Twenty years ago, you found many household names as the primary sponsors on the sidepods of most of the cars in the series. Names like Budweiser, Miller Genuine Draft and Molson made up the beer contingent. Automotive products were represented by Valvoline, Texaco Havoline and Pennzoil. Household consumers could relate to Target, K-Mart, Duracell and Panasonic being vividly displayed. Then there were the tobacco sponsors that are no longer allowed to participate.
The entire time that I’ve been doing this blog, I’ve always tried to write about subjects that are at least remotely related to IndyCar racing. I’ve kept that promise today, although today’s topic is admittedly only loosely related to motorsports. Today is a first, as this post will be a joint effort between me at the beginning and then followed by my wife Susan. However, I don’t think it is in danger of being picked up by the Food Network and it is ultimately about the Indianapolis 500, so bear with us.
I’m always a little surprised when the silly season gets going. It usually seems like the season is in full swing and teams and drivers are already making plans for next season. But when you think about it, this is the time of year when presentations are being made to potential sponsors for the next season. Budgets are being drawn up, so it only makes sense for driver lineups to be part of a team’s discussion.
For a track that is known for a lot of strategy and little passing, it was refreshing to see an IndyCar Series race at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course won by a driver who had the fastest car and driving like he wanted to win. When Charlie Kimball passed Simon Pagenaud for the lead on Lap Seventy-Two, it was the move of the race and propelled Kimball to his first-ever IndyCar Series win.