WOW what a few weeks it has been. And I must say not in a good way, I am highly disappointed with a few things right now.
Let me start this by say I am not by any means a “bandwagon” fan of open wheel racing. I have been around it my whole life, but I have never been this disappointed with the series as a whole. Things are sliding backwards and it makes me so sad. I really hope that this all comes back and is great, but wow. I mean Barnhart?!?!?! How many races does a person have to blow before the series is done with them. I mean I know the job was unwanted, but seriously? There had to be better choices. They needed someone with a clean slate so to say. Someone with no bias, a fresh set of eyes. Bringing someone back who made rules up to get the “correct” winner over and over again is not a good idea. If you want to alienate the fans of the sport (who are becoming fewer and fewer every day), then job well done Indycar. If that wasn’t your intention, they may I ask what was? I am fully aware of the new steward system where majority vote decides if a penalty should be issued, but that does not make up for the bad calls that have happened before. I hope that the “judicial” system will help. I will not stop watching races, but you better believe I will be watching like a hawk. Rules are there to make the races safer, but also to make sure that the race is a clean and fair one. No Magic rules can come into play during any race or it will be clear who is responsible. I am hoping that maybe getting knocked down pretty hard before may have made BB take a look at what he was doing, and this time around he won’t be tempted to throw a race. I know the majority of people I have read on twitter and on misc. media all seem to be falling to a similar outlook. Is anyone happy about him coming back? I would love to hear why, and I am not being sarcastic, I really just can’t see it.
Moving on to today’s race drama… Brazil… I can’t really decide if this is a shock or not. I mean the series has struggled so much recently just to keep races here in the states, it may have just been an omen. I was really looking forward to watching what happened with that race, as I thought it was going to be a really good one, but now we will never know. I can’t wait to see what the race promoters have to say, but Indycar was pretty short and sweet saying in their press release that this was ” both unexpected and disappointing.” I would say that is an understatement. I can’t wait to learn more of the reasoning behind this. I have read several theories, and all make some sense. Lack of TV, too much turmoil in the series itself, sponsors looking to jump ship, etc. This is just more fuel for the fire of the sponsors who are not fans of the short season.
I do really hope that in the next month all of the news we hear is good. I would have for the season to open with such a sour note in the air. I do truly love this racing, more than most people can understand, and I hate to see this right now. I believe that this coming season is a make or break for Indycar, and I really want them to thrive. I am hopeful that the level of entertainment and talent that the series brings is enough to get back to being a go to sport for people to watch. I would love to be a part of the rebound, so send me in coach, I am off to go tell some people about how much I love this sport still.