Over the past few years, IndyCar CEO Mark Miles has been ripped, by me and other IndyCar fans, for various reasons. Much of it is justified, though a small percentage may have been unwarranted. I try to be objective on most subjects pertaining to the Verizon IndyCar Series. Some call that fair and balanced, while others call it being inconsistent. For example, I was fairly unkind in many rants regarding Graham Rahal over the past few years. But this year, I have been heaping praise on the resurgent driver that has been having a remarkable season. Is that jumping on a bandwagon or acknowledging the obvious?
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The fan base of the Verizon IndyCar Series has a history of being fractured at times. Between “The Split”, ovals versus road/street courses, aero kits and Sage Karam – there are a lot of things that IndyCar fans disagree over. One thing that most fans do agree on is that Alex Zanardi is an inspirational and very likeable figure.
Over the years, I’ve watched a lot of snoozers from Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in Lexington, Ohio. Fortunately, yesterday’s race did not end up being one of those. There was a point early on when I thought that it could be, but the circumstances played out where it was time well spent to watch it on what was a beautiful Sunday afternoon here in Nashville.
The past two races, the Verizon IndyCar Series has gone from the oldest track on the circuit (Milwaukee) to one of the newest (Iowa). This weekend, the series visits one of the more quaint venues – Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in Lexington, Ohio. There are those that might replace the word quaint with quirky.
This weekend, the Verizon IndyCar Series takes a step into the realm of new technology to enhance the fan experience. Since Spring Training at Barber Motorsports Park in mid-March, the series has been experimenting with new LED displays that will theoretically be visible to fans at the track and maybe even for television viewers. These displays are primarily designed to show a car’s race position, but will also show when a car is utilizing the “Push to Pass” (P2P) feature and even times in the pit box.
This latest installment of the “Brainstorming” series comes from the IndyCar blogger Paul Henry, otherwise known as GForcePaul. Paul Started his blog, “WideOpenWheel”, in 2011. Paul contacted me with a topic that may the most important task facing the Verizon IndyCar Series. How to attract the next generation of fans is crucial to the future of our sport. Please chime in with your own ideas and thoughts after reading Paul’s post. Thanks to Paul for the hard work on his contribution. – GP
Just when you thought it was again fun to be a fan of the Verizon IndyCar Series, along comes the infamous Rule 9.3.8. The series was just coming off of three outstanding races featuring three winners that have not been frequent visitors to victory lane recently. Television ratings on NBCSN were showing significant increases and dialogue was about action on the track instead of inaction at IndyCar headquarters.