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July 17, 2007

IndyCar: “Nashville” Superspeedway a Snoozer

The yearly IndyCar race was held at “Nashville” Superspeedway Sunday. Rain caused the race to be postponed from its Saturday night start.

Scott Dixon won the race. Dario Franchitti led most of the first half of the race, but Dixon took advantage of some slow cars that were holding up Franchitti and passed him. After that, it was all Dixon.

It looked like they were going to actually have a decent finish. A late-race caution had the field restarting with less than 10 to go. Then the announcers started talking about the lapped cars in between the lead-lap cars. Huh? They then explained that IndyCar doesn’t do like NASCAR and put the lapped cars behind the last lead-lap car; they just let them continue to affect the outcome of the race.

So, with the lapped cars still trying to stay ahead of the 2nd and 3rd place cars, the final laps were the perfect cap to a boring race.

Some random thoughts:

  • How can a venue be called “Nashville” Superspeedway when it’s not even in the same county as Nashville? Someone unfamiliar with the geography of Middle Tennessee would naturally assume that the track was actually in Nashville, especially with all the references to Music City and downtown.
  • What’s up with HD? Last night, the race coverage was in High Def. Today’s race wasn’t. Didn’t make any sense to me.
  • IndyCar needs to adopt the same 10-lap-left rule that NASCAR has. It’s a shame to let cars that aren’t in contention for the win have an affect on the outcome of the race.
  • Part of the reason for the dullness of the race was the facility. They’ve never had a good IndyCar race at that track. Maybe if the banking were higher the racing might be more exciting.
  • I was a big fan of the Indy Racing League when it started. The idea was for it to be an all oval track series, with American drivers. Then the CART teams started buying into the series, and it’s pretty much become what CART was back in the mid-90’s: a series dominated by foreigners run on too many road courses in too many other countries.
  • I caught a little bit of a racing radio show on WLAC Sunday night and the hosts were talking about IndyCar’s drivers at the race. Apparently some of the IndyCar drivers have forgotten why they’re where they are. When asked for an autograph, one driver rolled his eyes and said “I hope this doesn’t start something”. Just 6 short years ago, they were grateful for the attention. Now they’re too good for the fans.

Not sure when the next IndyCar race will be. If I’m channel surfing and it’s on, I’ll spend a few minutes to see if it’s worth my time.

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