Some IndyCar Owners Need To Seriously Step It Up, Part 1

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Dale Coyne, the legendary A.J. Foyt and Michael Andretti all draw admonishment.

Having made our views methanol clear on the dire direction in which Mark Miles is taking the series – think “Willow Creek” scary – there’s another area of glaring weakness in IndyCar. This too is an issue of leadership, or more precisely a distinct lack thereof. Several owners – one of whom happens to be a legend, while another’s a near legend – need to radically up their teams’ performance both for themselves and for the sake of the sport. It pains us to have to write it, but amateur hour is long over and has no place in big league racing. For the good of IndyCar – think of the 100th Indy 500! – Dale Coyne, A.J. Foyt and Michael Andretti all need to seriously step up their games.

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Dale Coyne tops this ignominious list for good reason, as his rag-tag operation has been a perennial cellar dweller and laughing stock for decades now. In Coyne’s case the problem goes beyond mere poor performance though. Laboring under a shoe string budget and a constantly rotating lineup of drivers of dubious distinction, Coyne’s haphazard approach finally caught up to the Chicagoan’s pitiable team last season.

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Coyne’s pit crew paid a heavy price for his ineptitude with numerous pit lane accidents injuring no fewer than four crewmen. Considering this sordid spate of pit collisions it’s fortunate even more serious injuries didn’t result for the team. Of course in racing accidents are bound to happen and we fully understand that. After all, we’re not the ones advocating constant safety changes at the expense of the sport’s heritage – like canopies or ass pods – quite the opposite. But Dale Coyne is directly responsible for his team’s string of hair raising accidents. He’s also responsible for the safety of his drivers and crew as well as those of other teams along the tight confines of IndyCar pit road.

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Advisedly, Coyne already has committed to Conor Daly to for a full time ride in 2016. This is an encouraging sign, as any fewer appearances by Francesco Dracone and Rudolfo Gonzalez is a definite positive. In light of this Coyne’s crew must be ecstatic, or at least the ones in Conor’s pit. But Dollar Dale’s driver merry go ’round could well return for his other seat and that’s simply unacceptable. Granted, funding is an issue for the team and more money almost always helps in racing – just ask the Penske boys – but this merely represents yet another area in need of improvement at DCR. Suffice it to say, there’s muuuch room for improvement for Coyne.

In Part Two, we’re forced to take on Super Tex and A.J. Foyt Racing.

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