Apparently, the divide within the Verizon IndyCar Series is much deeper than I thought. Either that or my definition of a good race has veered from that of most IndyCar fans of today. Last week, I was slammed for being negative in my description of the races at Belle Isle and double-headers in general.
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We are in what I call the roller-coaster portion of the schedule. In a two-week period, the Verizon IndyCar Series has gone from my favorite race track on the schedule, to my least favorite (Belle Isle) and then to a track that is either my second or third favorite venue – Texas Motor Speedway. For those wondering which track might be tied with Texas for my second favorite track – it’s Iowa Speedway.
When dissecting open-wheel racing’s fall from grace in the eye of the American public over the past quarter-century, many cite the retirement of so many of the sports stars and legends in a very short period. I don’t know that I necessarily agree with the assessment that the disappearance of so many drivers from the sport spelled doom and gloom; but it certainly didn’t help.
The good news is that yesterday’s Race Two in the Dual at Detroit finally produced some suspense for the fans that sat through a wet weekend at Belle Isle and in front of their television sets. The bad news is that there were two races at Belle Isle in what should have been known as the Gruel at Detroit.
Some might wonder why I decided to post our pictures from the Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama on a Tuesday. The explanation is simple. We wanted to get home Sunday night. It takes time to load photos, especially when your wireless connection comes and goes as it did in the Media Center. As you can tell, we took lots (and lots) of pictures at Barber Motorsports Park. I hated to not post any of them, but we had a three hour drive in front of us – so there you go.