Soon the Indianapolis 500 Race will end.
Permanently. Kaput. Extinct.
It is already irrelevant.
Here are the reasons Indy Car racing will choose to move out of Indianapolis:
- Timing. Race time is 1 pm EST Sunday – in the middle of the day in the middle of the first summer holiday weekend. A time when most people would rather be outside doing summertime stuff. (NASCAR races Sunday night, when fans are ready to chill with a few more beers.)
- All the cars are the same. Indy Racing League (IRL) rules are so tight that the chassis is the same and the engine is the same. There is no room for innovation.
- Foreign-born drivers dominate. Who are all these guys? Except for Mr. Ashley Judd, even Indy Car fans can’t name more than five drivers in the field – especially American born drivers.
- The month-long hype for the Indianapolis 500 is gone. The IRL has mucked around with the way time trials are held and now drivers to who want to sit on the pole position have to run fast TWICE.
- A wobbly voiced really really old white woman issued “the most famous words in racing.”
- A strong voiced really really old white guy sang “Back Home Again in Indiana.”
- Fans can’t relate to the cars. At least NASCAR has brands that can be purchased at a local dealership. Sure, they are nothing like what is on the track, but Dodge lovers can root for the Dodge cars.
- It’s a boring track. There is only one groove which means side-by-side racing is impossible. Fans in the stands see a blur of cars with no idea who is leading (except of for scoreboard.)
- The Indy Racing League is being run by a CEO who had never seen ANY Indy car race until today. He had never been to Indianapolis. He was a promoter of Professional Bull Riding.
The Indianapolis 500 is over.