1. A bad one, at that.
2. You're losing your mind. The glory days occurred in 0. NASCAR wrote their 2010 regulations that year, you know. A real pivotal year in racing.
3. Ganassi was the most successful team in the United States this year. Why change anything? They'll only pull the third car out if someone with funding (Rahal and Service Central) pay for the whole thing. Besides, Ganassi might be involved in some DeltaWing funtime series in the future, and uses his NASCAR profits to fund his "hobbies" (IndyCar and Grand-Am). Target's only forced along, and see no value in it beyond Indy, so they sell the space to suppliers. Kanaan will only get it if he brings money. I think de Ferran is more likely for him, or Panther.
4. He'd be 34 in 2014. He'll find some money in Grand-Am.
5. Monster back Paul Tracy, Robby Gordon, and Ricky Carmichael stateside. They've also been funding that tool in WRC and Mercedes in F1. I don't see it. Michael will get something for his son. Maybe a puppy, or perhaps just ask Randy Bernard to loan a series sponsor out to him.
6. She seems much happier on NASCAR weekends than Indy ones, and likes the money. GoDaddy.com will leave if she doesn't stick with NASCAR, and she really seems to enjoy it more than the road course-heavy IRL she's been vocally against. Bill Power was fine on ovals minus the one mistake; most of the time, his team screwed him over. He could have had a few wins on them this year, and will next.
7. There's nothing wrong with the teams being better, other than the fact they use questionable methods to get there. I've heard from many inside the sport that they have "special" treatment from the IRL; it makes sense, Roger Penske controls the sport and has for years. If he leaves, the engine leases go with him, as he owns them all. More freedom would cost more money, but would allow smaller teams to find ways to get ahead.
Well, it doesn't have to stack up to football, but it could at least stack up to...say, a TV blackout, when they show nothing. That draws a 1.0, the IRL draws a 0.3. They need to be at a 1.5 or the sponsors will keep bolting; a 3.0 if they want real competition; a 5.0 if they want no problems. But at this point, a 0.5 would be promising.
9. Open wheel won't die, but it won't be much of a business here.
10. Usually, but sometimes, stuff dies. The IRL's getting dangerously close, and any replacement series (i.e. DeltaWing) seems like denying the fact so few care. Sometimes, things need to just go away for everyone to move on and be more productive.
11. Depends on how much interest they could get. If they would just give up already and sell the title sponsorship of the Indy 500, they could get a lot of money. Sell advertising space around the track, too, for the race. Make better TV deals. Consider that the whole season takes about $120,000,000 to fund, and they have, on average, lost $60,000,000 per year. So let's play with $120,000,000, since that's what they like to spend. $20,000,000 to the winner. $15,000,000 to second. $10,000,000 to third. $7,500,000 to fourth. $5,000,000 to fifth. $1,000,000 to everyone else. That leaves $35,500,000. Pay $500,000 to those who fail to qualify, which could be around 10 or so, leaving $30,500,000. Will that cover everything else? I don't have a clue. The current Indy 500 budget is included in the $120,000,000, so maybe. I don't know where all of the Speedway's spending comes from (TEAM money is close to half, NASCAR, IRL, MotoGP races, special deals to subsidize races and teams...) But the individual race does
turn a profit, and would even more-so if it became the "Miller Lite Indianapolis 500 presented by IZOD" or whatever they want it to be. It's not perfect, or well thought-out, but I'd love to see them do something risky for once. They've been too textbook for too long.
12. Oh come on. You've just seen bad pictures of me. I wore this
to prom, and it looked mighty fine.
Edited by Eric, 06 October 2010 - 04:57 PM.