Many times, including my post this past Monday – people have asked me why I continue to lower myself to engage in social media. They note that I get so riled up over some of the things I see, that I should just stay off of it altogether.
Although it’s been only three weeks since we did a One Take Only episode, you were probably hoping we’d wait a lot longer. A lot has taken place in the Verizon IndyCar Series in those three weeks. We crowned a new Indianapolis 500 champion, the series ran a double-header in Detroit and did their best to run a race in Texas. In addition to all that, Josef Newgarden is on the shelf indefinitely.
Due to the unique circumstances surrounding the race that sort of happened this weekend, I will not do the usual “Random Thoughts” where I break down different parts of the weekend’s race and telecast that stood out to me. Instead, I will give my thoughts on the decision made by IndyCar to postpone the remainder of the race at Texas Motor Speedway until Saturday August 27th.
Tomorrow night, the Verizon IndyCar Series takes the stage at Texas Motor Speedway (TMS). Although I’ve never been to the now-twenty year-old track near Ft. Worth, it has become one of my favorite tracks on the IndyCar schedule.
Over the years, I’ve made some rather candid statements about Graham Rahal that probably infuriated some of you who are fans of his. My feelings at the time were that he had a tremendous amount of talent, but it was being under-utilized. I also felt that he had a tremendous amount of growing up to do. That’s easy to say when you are in your fifties and passing judgment on a kid who was in his early twenties.
Last year, I was chastised unmercifully for my negative commentary on the Dual in Detroit. The two races last year were both affected by rain and I thought they were boring for the most part. When I said so, I was accused of eating an extra bowl of Grumpy Flakes and pouring negativity all over the series.
After sleeping on it and thinking about it driving home Monday afternoon; I feel like I’ve now had more time to digest the 100th Running of The Indianapolis 500. It has now sunken in that Alexander Rossi won the race and also how he won it. I’ve also read enough articles and comments to know that there is no shortage of opinions and a wide variance in them.