As you know by now, I am a huge IndyCar fan but the news over the last couple days blew my twitter feed up. On the first piece of news announcing BB as the racing steward doesn’t really bother me. I’ve never met the guy personally, he’s been involved with racing for decades and to be honest, who else was IndyCar going to get? I think the IndyCar drivers are the ones to ask how they feel about this move. Has BB restored his reputation amongst them? Do the drivers respect him? Has he mended fences with Will Power and others he pissed off? We will probably never hear any drivers give a public opinion other than a good pr line, as they will not want to bad mouth the Series.
The second piece of “bad news” this week was the cancellation of the Brasilia race. I understand that IndyCar could not control what happened. Many fans had seen the hand writing on the wall weeks ago as the track just didn’t seem to be progressing fast enough. What made it frustrating for fans is not only did we lose another race, but the offseason now stretches for 7 months with only 5 months of actual racing.
I wrote an article last year chronicling what fans were being told about the 2015 season, you can read it here. Robin Miller wrote an article for Racer Magazine on September 24, 2013 titled the Ambitious IndyCar Schedule and I quote “if Mark Miles could ask one thing of the IndyCar faithful today it would be to just give him a little time to reshape the landscape because 2015 figures to hold some interesting possibilities.”
Is there any wonder that IndyCar fans are frustrated? The season was compressed, the longest offseason ever, Houston doubleheader gone, Toronto doubleheader gone, the international races never materialized and none of the other tracks listed in the article were ever serious contenders. Yes we added the GP of Nola but we went from 18 races down to 16. So what happened to that ambitious IndyCar schedule? 2015 was suppose to be a turning point for the IndyCar Series. The only thing to excite fans are the new aero kits that Chevy and Honda have been working on. So Mr. Miles, what would you like to tell the IndyCar faithful today since you couldn’t deliver on what you said two years ago? We desperately want to believe and with all the 2018 articles being published, please don’t make us wait another 3 years.