1. People watch racing to see cars compete on the track not at the keyboard in the pits. Strategy races suck.
2. IndyCar does not race in the rain, they race in the wet.
3. IndyCar lies to its fans, they stopped the race because they didn’t want more cars crashed, they don’t trust the drivers. Lightning was a BS excuse, the weather services showed no lightning within 100 miles of Belle Isle when they red flagged the race.
4. Graham Rahal will never be respected as a racer until he stops blaming somebody else for his problems, sometimes things just happen – suck it up and move forward. This is the same reason that no matter what he does Will Power will be no more than an asterisk in Indy Car history.
It has been reported that the rocker arm that failed causing James Hinchcliffe’s near fatal crash at Indy was manufactured in November 2011 and had 14,000 miles on it. In addition it was not even the current beefed-up iteration. Usually parts get upgraded by the manufacturer because there is a question about them. Did Dallara or IndyCar advise the teams of any concerns? From the manufacture date and the mileage (which I personally find incredible) it was the original part that was delivered with the original car 3+ seasons ago. I’m sure there are numerous “show cars” that have rocker arms with less mileage than this one. I cannot conceive of putting a driver in a car at a high speed oval with a single nut or bolt, much less a suspension part, with that kind of use and not meeting current spec. How many times has that part been stressed in 3 full seasons of racing. When was it last off the car? When was it last properly inspected? I don’t know how much it costs but probably not much more than a wrap and I’m sure that that car has been wrapped many times in the last 3 years. If a team’s budget is so small that it can’t afford replacement of basic suspension components it shouldn’t be competing at this level. If IndyCar is so dedicated to safety why aren’t they policing this more carefully.
Today IndyCar made its best attempt to date to emulate the 3 Stooges. Making up rules as you go along is not good management. Dumbing down qualifying is not good for fan relations. First and foremost experimenting with new, untested aero pieces at your flagship event is begging for disaster. Blind faith in wind tunnels and computer simulations is not foolproof and relying on it for the Indy 500 is just plain ignorance. Qualifying with new rules with 30 minutes of practice at the world’s greatest race diminishes the value and importance of the event. I’ve seen more interesting qualifying at Eldora Speedway and it only took 30 minutes. Today cost IndyCar tens of thousands of fans who couldn’t find the TV coverage and finally just gave up and went outside to enjoy the weather. I simply couldn’t stand the tension of the last row shootout. I used to say that IndyCar management was just rearranging the deck chairs on the Titanic but it’s too late for that – the ship is now at 90 degrees and sinking fast. Tell me, if you were a promoter or sponsor would you pay a sanctioning fee and advertising rights for an IndyCar race when they can’t even get the most important race right?