IndyCar – PR Mouthpiece Says Nuh-uh!

Pit Stops at TMS
Pit Stops at TMS
The stories posted at usually contain all the pleasantries about how Shaq has bigger feet than Danica, how the cars could run on a ceiling and how Stanton Barrett is a stunt driver.  To sum it up, it amounts to PR.

Enter the phantom caution at TMS that took away Briscoe’s staggering lead around lap 150.  Today, the IndyCar PR mouthpiece put up an article explaining how there was really debris on the track.  It seems that we the fans have made our opinion quite clear on these phantom cautions, which prompted this article.

So, I enter my first real substantial gripe against the Versus coverage. If there was debris on the track, show it! If you have to track down the truck that picked up the debris and steal the offending bits from them, do it. Show us why you stopped the race.

I agree that safety is paramount, but the IndyCar series treads a perilous line when they stop action on the track and no reason is given to the fans until 3 days after the event. The phrase “competition caution” has entered our American parlance as a slight against the tin top governing body who brought the practice into the limelight. If you bring out the rubber zamboni and parade it around for 10 laps, don’t leave me assuming that the marbles are why the flag was thrown.

Another thought. Us fans aren’t up in arms over just this single incident at Texas. Recall that a similar caution was called at Milwaukee the previous week. But not only that, we are seeing small incidents that require very little cleanup turn into 6-10 laps of sweeper parade on a consistent basis. So not only are the “competition cautions” starting to enter into our IndyCar vocabulary, we also are starting to adopt these crazy long caution periods as well.

A little hint to the IndyCar series: The oval package has not given me much to cheer about this year. Don’t try to correct your mistakes with the aero by building false drama with restarts and pitstop reshuffling. There is plenty of NASCAR on television already.

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5 Thoughts to “IndyCar – PR Mouthpiece Says Nuh-uh!

  1. Smells like a wagon load of poo to me.

  2. I agree…me and Doug had the same conversation during Milwaukee about why the sweeper was out there for so long. The caution or phantom caution needs to stop as well. Just like on F1B where there are a few people on the ropes over the series, you will not make any new fans if keep this fake caution flag going on. Especially when these cautions are one of the turn offs.

  3. Jim

    It boggles my mind when I see a caution for one piece of debris on the tracki that takes 5 laps. I believe NASCAR does it for commerical breaks but IRL has that side by side thing so what the hell

  4. I wonder if Barnhart didn’t cease the opportunity of some corner worker saying he saw something shiny as a way of bunching up the field and artificially generate action. What he actually did was destroy Briscoe’s chance for a truly epic performance!

  5. I would love to see a policy that would not even open the pits for the occasional wall brush or washer on the track. Just because AJIV gets a little off line and brushes the wall doesnt mean that we should close down the track for the zamboni parade and pitstops.

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