Since the IMS Radio Network was first formed in 1952, there have been only five people to people to anchor the race broadcast. Think about that for a moment. The 1952 Indianapolis 500 was the thirty-sixth running of the race. This year will be the one-hundredth edition of the race. In that sixty-four year span, only five people have anchored the race broadcast. It’s obviously a very tough gig to get.
The emotions tied to sports are an interesting study. When it comes to everyday decisions in my life, I consider myself very logical, rational and consistent. Some would wrap all of those up and just say I’m boring. Something has got to make sense in order for me to act on it. That’s probably why I’m so opposed to change. I really need to see a good reason to change something. Changing for the sake of change is not good enough.
Some have said that I worry too much over little things like logos for each year’s Indianapolis 500 and the series in general. I disagree. But of course I would disagree, since I’m the one doing the worrying.
A couple of weeks ago, Robin Miller caused a justifiable stir when he answered a letter in his weekly mailbag on Racer.com. A reader had suggested that IndyCar should fund a car or cars in the Chili Bowl, which took place this past weekend.
Greetings from a Chattanooga hotel room where I’ve been most of this week for work. Thank God that we are less than two months away from the start of the IndyCar season. I am married to the man who usually writes here. I’ve seen him go through a lot of off-seasons both as a blogger and as a fan. I’m not sure I’ve ever seen him as restless for the season to get going as he is for this one.
The Verizon IndyCar Series is now entering the second year of the aero kit era. It has been heavily documented how far behind Honda was compared to the Chevy – especially on non-ovals. The Honda fared better on race days than in qualifying, on most street circuits and road courses. At most non-oval events, the top-ten qualifiers on the grid usually contained only two to three Hondas, and they were normally in the bottom half of the top-ten.