Hello open-wheel types and thanks for all your questions. I intend to answer your questions every week during the season, so just email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Don’t feel left out if I didn’t directly respond. I appreciate your interest and passion.
Q: Regarding the start of the Iowa race and Mark Miles saying they wanted it on ABC. I think the series is going to have to decide if it is going to be a racing series for the fans at the track or a TV show trying to get ratings. They can’t have both ways. Even NASCAR is losing its longtime fan base because the races, season, and mostly TV production are too long. Also Indy Car needs to stop with the “Festival of Speed” label on many of its events. Fan zones, play zones for the kids, and of course the famous Ferris Wheel will not keep bringing people back. It’s the on-track product that will, with the last two years being incredible. Before live TV, I attended dozens of races at Mid Ohio including the Can Am, F 5000, IMSA, and CART. Every weekend was a thrill. The on-track product was great and we saw lots of action including support races before the main event. For TV to stick it to the live fans at the track is wrong. This past weekend I watched the Iowa race on DVR after I knew the winner. I still enjoyed the race and didn’t feel like it lost anything because I didn’t see it live. Maybe its time for Indy Car to tape its races (except the Indy 500) and present the best possible race to the loyal fans in the stands.
Rick, CharlotteIndyCar, Robin Miller