Skeptical of the Spectacle
- Feb 24, 2013
How did Herta lose so much time during that sequence?
Solid. I don't know if they matched last year's numbers. I haven't heard them say so, and so that's probably a no. But it's close enough to prove the viability of the event. Camping and RV attendance is very strong. They have an advantage in that this entire region is otherwise without 'major league' racing, and there are a lot of racing fans from southern Oregon up to BC.How's the attendance look?
Motorsports on NBC has become pure cringe in a hurry. The blatant favoritism the IndyCar booth has for some guys is nuts. Same for when their own guys race in IMSA or NASCAR whether it’s Bell, Kligerman, Allmendinger...Since when did leafy become such a terrible commentator? Guy won't shut up about how [insert guy leading] is about to win or just starts hypothesizing outcome ahead of the end.
The favoritism by Paul and the other guy is pretty blatant about certain drivers. Makes for a miserable watch.
Richmond should be the slowest oval on the schedule by a fair amount. I think in the IRL days it was 10-15 MPH slower than Iowa.I just read that 8 of next year's 17 races would be on NBC. Richmond, Virginia's 3/4 mile track will be added. 3/4 track?
I thought they were going to stop racing on the short Las Vegas style ovals?
I am missing the version of Diffey that did F1. He was always a little over-exuberant, but I don't remember him trying to 'sell' every single qualifying session and race as if it were a momentous classic. The race yesterday, frankly, was less than stellar. Yet I watched the replay and recall him bluffing late in the race about how remarkable it had been.Motorsports on NBC has become pure cringe in a hurry. The blatant favoritism the IndyCar booth has for some guys is nuts. Same for when their own guys race in IMSA or NASCAR whether it’s Bell, Kligerman, Allmendinger...
Agreed. There is little direct competition at this point, certainly less so than when the IRL was aiming to be an intermediate superspeedway oval series. Or before the split when CART races on big ovals beyond IMS were a huge deal. They are each more likely to benefit from cross-promotion in the short term with both being on NBC.I don't see why improving numbers for IndyCar are necessarily coming at NASCAR's expense.