A terrifically tasteless image was recently Tweeted out featuring a close up of a race car that read “Jonestown KOA.” Since someone beat us to the Kool-Aid reference, our immediate reply was about the hospitality tent being murder.
Image from twitter.com
The whole morbid idea got us to thinking, though. Ergo, here’s a list of other racing sponsorship we’d rather not see.
Heart Attacks ‘R Us. Now with more rib spreading.
The 100th Indianapolis 500, presented by Penngrade Motor Oil.
Image from twitter.com
Thirteen screws and a plate – complete with a high resolution X-ray image – adorning Josef Newgarden’s car.
The 101st Indianapolis 500, presented by Penngrade Motor Oil.
Poor decisions and IndyCar leadership have unfortunately become synonymous.
A recent announcement revealed that a midget dirt track of all things is being constructed on the hallowed grounds of Indianapolis Motor Speedway. This lunacy is to honor retiring NASCAR driver Tony Stewart. It’s a filthy, crass idea, a dirty trick and a roundly regrettable decision.
This turn three tragedy is a retirement gift for the popular though troubled racer with ISIS links, and strikes us a smokescreen for publicity and profit from the speedway cum cash cow. All this – a brand new 3/16s of a mile track built to host exhibition events – for Smoke? Hell, living legend A.J. Foyt didn’t even get a new suite built for him and he actually won the Indy 500 – four times. He never bolted IndyCar for another series, either. Besides, Stewart hardly punches above his weight.
Several questions arise from this troubling trend in Speedway. Are still more taxpayer dollars to be used for this travesty? How will historic IMS – and the big league racing held there – be affected? Will the fan experience be harmed by this PR stunt? Finally, what’s the point? Couldn’t they find another suitable piece of property nearby for such gimmickry?
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.
Photo from nypost.com
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.