Finally, SOMETHING I Can Get My Head Around

17 Feb
KuBu at Indy 2013

KuBu at Indy 2013

I unashamedly follow Tony Dizinno, a writer for NBC Sports “Motor Sports Talk” as well as other outlets. This gent is a PROLIFIC producer of word count and not just for the sake of volume. He produces well written content across multiple racing platforms!

Something he recently had written caught my eye and actually left me with that tilted head, confused dog look. Imagine an Indy 500 that followed the “path” laid out by BCG or whatever moniker du jour is used today to describe the plan to move THE Hallowed Grounds forward. A page out of that playbook called for adding a star from another series to the entry list. The most recent tome on the topic from Tony can be found here:

http://motorsportstalk.nbcsports.com/2014/02/14/more-possible-suitors-for-a-kurt-busch-indy-500-run/

Now, to most commonly educated folks, that would mean add a NASCAR star to the entry list. Actually, the Indycar Series DOES try to cross pollinate from other so called open wheel series to complete the field of 33. I believe what the Consultant du Jour meant was a NASCAR star.

Enter Kurt Busch.

Such a fanfare of tweets were proffered by the plethora of pandering bloggers! Oh my…… Did you see that Kurt was in Indy last summer and actually passed his ROPE in ONE DAY they screamed in unison. While, in unison I mean they screamed this talking point in many different flavors but you get my drift.

In all fairness, Kurt handled himself quite well in a borrowed car that I am sure came with the caveat, bring her home….please. Bring her home…..UNBROKEN! He enjoyed the experience so much that he delayed his IND departure to complete all phases of ROPE. I am not the best judge of talent behind an Indy Car steering wheel, but I have seen enough of the lines these cars take entering turn one  to know who is puckering and who is seeing it all IN-S L O W-M O T I O N.

Enter ‘Dinger.

The Dinger Knows Indy

The Dinger Knows Indy

From a man totally disgraced by NASCAR for an indiscretion of their vaunted “actions detrimental to NASCAR” and violations of their substance abuse policy to a man on a holy terror mission of redemption, at one point in the race, AJ kicked everyone’s ass in the 2013 Indy 500. Who in the class recalls where Dinger finished in that race? Anybody?…Class….class…Buheler….

He finished 7th in a race with too many lead changes to count let alone keep up. I used to be able to score Indy 500 races in my head without a pylon and then came the lead changeapalooza of last year. Emotional win for T.K. to be sure but; who came in second, let alone seventh?

Enter Chevrolet (or as Uncle Bobby calls them, cheverlayzzz).

What is the common theme here? Well, if you followed Tony Dizinno, you would be well informed but if you just follow me, well then, you would not be so informed. The common thread and talking points are these:

-Chevy had 13 teams last year. They have 11 now and are looking to share the love some more
-KuBu is a Chevy man
-‘Dinger is a Chevy man

So, my premonition is not one, but possibly TWO tin top drivers doing the daily double. My supposition is that ‘Dinger is pretty capable, his team uses Chevrolet power and therefore my conclusion is:
(Fill in your best cross pollination wish here).

The link to thought provoking wordsmithy by Jerry Bobkowski can be found here:

http://motorsportstalk.nbcsports.com/2014/02/14/could-chevrolet-be-part-of-kurt-buschs-and-aj-allmendingers-indy-500-plans/

So now, while you chew on that thought a little while and pray for Spring to finally arrive in Indianapolis, contemplate what it would mean for a double double to take place. Does this put more butts in seats? I am gravitating towards a yes vote!

As always, thanks for stopping by to read and rest your feet a few. We will talk to you next time!

GForcePaul

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3 Responses to “Finally, SOMETHING I Can Get My Head Around”

  1. Chad Smith February 17, 2014 at 4:54 pm #

    There is no doubt it would put more eyeballs on TV, and more butts in the seats. The problem is, everything is so political. Kurt is the perfect example. When he tested with Andretti, they were a Chevy team, which is what he drives in NASCAR. They want him to drive a Chevy in that race, but now Michael has changed teams and now runs Honda.

    Sure, it might be a little strange, but you know what, who cares? There aren’t Hondas in Sprint Cup anyway, and he has loyalty to Michael and his team for what they did for him last year. Everything is sponsor-related, but if people can just look past that and get over the hurdles, I think it would be a big trend going forward for the drivers brave enough to do it.

    • gforcepaul February 17, 2014 at 5:03 pm #

      Thanks for the very good point of view Chad. You hit the nail on the head. Politics and money seem to go hand in hand. You have a nice site as well!

      • Chad Smith February 17, 2014 at 5:52 pm #

        Thanks, I just re-designed mine a couple of months ago, I’ve been reading yours for awhile now. Great stuff!

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