Unlike the State of the Union address, there’ll be no decrepit Supreme Court justices, no repeated interruptions by unnecessary ovations, no sappy sob stories (unless you count the tragic loss of oval tracks from the schedule), no political double speak and no throngs of Congressmen, thank goodness. All that would be waaay too much to endure. However, there is malaise, wrapped in anxiety and tinged with fear for the state of the series. Why? Because like the state of the union, the state of IndyCar ain’t all that great.
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Like ISIS according to Obama, IndyCar remains the junior varsity team of motorsports in terms of following, coverage, visibility, sponsorship and respect. Although down from its peak of several years ago NASCAR long ago left IndyCar in its dust, while the latter has ceased even competing with the tax payer-subsidized multi-billion dollar corporation that is, to most Americans, the entirety of major league racing. Such is the sad and sickening state of American motorsports for millions of hard core IndyCar fans.
Similar to the country at large, the series suffers from chronically poor leadership, widespread loss of purpose and extremely uneven enforcement of the rules. Continue reading