Public Forum – Sept. 8, 2010
A Thrilling Funeral?
In spite of rumors circulating that this year’s running would be the last IndyCar race at Chicagoland Speedway, Dario Franchitti and 28 of his best friends put on yet another amazing, heart-stopping show. If this indeed is the end of open-wheel racing in Joliet, it was the best funeral I’ve ever attended.
For whatever reason promotion has always been a problem at Chicagoland. Until this season fans were forced to purchase an expensive “track pack,” consisting of tickets for both the NASCAR and IndyCar events.
Very few spectators we’ve spoken to over the years were happy being force-fed this type of arrangement. Also, there was consistently a lack of race advertising in the local media.
Since the IRL first appeared at Chicagoland Speedway in 2001 it seemed that very few folks in the Windy City area even knew the cars and stars of the Indianapolis 500 were in town.
The good news is that true fans of motorsports enjoyed 10 years of unparalleled thrills and chills watching the IndyCar Series perform at Chicagoland. Those of us lucky enough to have been in attendance during Chicagoland’s decade of speed will never forget the amazing shows we witnessed.
ASCS, POWRi Are Great!
If you have an opportunity, please take in an ASCS and a POWRi show. I’ve just returned from Tri-City Speedway (in Pontoon Beach, Ill., Aug. 27) where both of these organizations were on hand and they both put on a tremendous show!
Car counts for both groups were very good (38 360 sprints and 30 midgets) and the local organizers prepared a really good track surface. ASCS pays $6,000 to win (more than a normal USAC show) and the show is run in a very timely manner.
The equipment throughout the field looked to be top notch and I was surprised at the number of young guns and veteran drivers that ASCS has attracted to race with it.
This series has a lot of room to grow and if they are able to contain the costs to race for each team (to keep a level playing field) this series could rival or surpass any dirt racing series in the country. I sincerely hope they consider the inexpensive engine that Donny Schatz proposed at Knoxville.
The POWRi show was equally good, and again the same things applied to its organization. They all had very good equipment, it was a timely run show with a group of professional racers.
The more that I see of the POWRi midgets (or micros) the more I like them. It’s too bad that USAC won’t get out of the midget racing business and let POWRi run the show.
POWRi could have a West (Nebraska, Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas, Iowa and Missouri) division and an East division consisting of Indiana, Ohio, Michigan, Pennsylvania, New York and New Jersey.
If it utilizes that new (cheaper) midget motor that I’ve heard so much about and keeps costs down, who knows where this organization could go. There is no doubt about one thing: POWRi is the group to run midgets and not USAC. USAC has no plan for midgets in the immediate future and POWRi runs and puts on a much better show.
So step aside USAC, All Star sprints and look out WoO. These two groups of racing people are on the right track and they have the racing public in mind when it comes to putting on a real good show.
Terre Haute, Ind.