Eddie Gossage pans push to pass

July 30, 2009
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gossageThe Indy Racing League’s push-to-pass initiative is being met with mixed reviews.

Some team officials said the bigger teams with the ability to study the push to pass and other technical changes announced this week will get the biggest boost. 

The Button as it is known in open-wheel circles was tried a few years back by Champ Car, and was instituted by the IRL Tuesday in hopes it would bring about more passing. It will debut (for the very first time in the IRL) this weekend at Kentucky.

The electronic gizmo is activated by a button on the steering wheel, and is said to add five to 20 horse power (depending on fuel mix) and an additional 200 engine revs.

At Kentucky, each driver will get 20 button pushes good for 12 seconds each. There must be a few seconds between each button push, so a driver can’t just blast away on the button for the entire final lap.

It’s all a little too much science fiction for Texas Motor Speedway President Eddie Gossage, normally a staunch IRL supporter.

“What’s next, a phaser so you can zap the car in front of you so it disappears?” Gossage said. “I just don’t like it. Let’s let this team outwork that team to win the race. Let’s let the ability to drive a car, to dive into a corner win the race. That’s what brings fans to the races, not pushing a button on a steering wheel.”

Gossage, who is known as an on-the-edge marketer, said he was not consulted before the push to pass initiative was approved by IRL officials, but he's concerned fans at the track and those watching on TV won't know when drivers are pushing buttons and when they're not.

“I understand it’s the simplest, easiest, quickest way to get more passing on the track,” Gossage said. “But I’m old school. I liked it when ingenuity from various teams was the key to winning. The world’s always changing, and I guess I need to get with it.”

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  • With the drivers at the back of the field you could call it the push-to-crash button
  • Hey, SSD, just wait till Moreas and Viso get ahold of that baby. Watch out! They might be on Milka like a rat oh a cheeto.
  • That's 'RAT ON A CHEETO'.
  • Is push to pass still a gimmick or since it is now in the EARL will it be looked upon as another great invention by the IrlQaeda.?
  • CART. The current IRL. One and the same.

    This never heard of the driver before he got his green card, nobody passing anybody, boring parade street races, who cares about the future series is not the IRL.

    It's just CART part II. The IRL died when Tony abandoned everything and sold out to Penske and Ganassi.
  • Eddie's an idiot. He's still talking as if the 'league' is actual racing. What a dunce.
  • And Stan is an idiot because he actually believes people care about his constant rants and displays of anger. Only stan (ok, there are several other IRL haters out there) that could go after someone with cancer like that. Hopefully this shows some of the more main stream IRL haters how bad their blind hatred makes them look.

    I have to say I am very disappointed about push to pass. Hopefully this is a short term solution to the passing problem. I hated this with cart and I will hate it with the IRL. There are other things they could have and can do to make the passing problem better. Push to pass is not a good answer. That said, teams with money are always going to have an advantage when any new technology comes in. If they changed wings, side pods weight or whatever, the teams with money can wind tunnel test etc... to maximize their advantage. This has been going on since the first automobile raced another.

    Anthony, what are your thoughts on Schumacher coming out of retirement to replace Massa?
  • more than half of the races in '10 will not be ovals..VI$ION$ at your service
  • Awww... earlboi got his widdle feewings hurt and whined to Anthony. :lol: As pathetic as the 'league' you so staunchly and stupidly try to claim has any validity.
  • CART never had push to pass, they didn't need it. Just like they didn't go bankrupt three times like the board liar says. More lies and revisionist history from the moron Gomers.
  • 17 races in 2010
    9 road/street courses
    Richmond and Milwaukee gone just like TG
  • Actually, CART did have push to pass, but it was more powerful (extra 50 HP) and a total time limit for use (75 seconds) rather than a certain number of uses as 12 seconds a pop. Seems like they're monkeying around with anything they can to try to make IRL more competitive since there's only so much anyone can do to the cars in a spec series. I certainly hope that it pans out that there's more than one engine in 2011 (if it survives that long) and that they start talking about more than a single chassis. The push to pass will just make the drivers that try for unsafe passes now that much more likely to try the same stupid passes with an extra boost. I'm thinking lots of crashes through the rest of the season.
  • CCWS had push to pass, not CART.
  • Eddie needs to worry about his cancer instead of the cancer that is the Idiot Racing Leeeeague!
    He is too stupid to get it. Just like Indyboi and Berwickgirl.
  • A phaser woud be cool. THat would rock big time. CAN amagione that one? PUSh to blast. YEah baby. THat would even be grater.
  • Brett,

    I long ago admitted that I was wrong and cart only had two bankruptcies in less than 15 years, instead of 3 as I had said. The 2002 season came close, but they limped along for a couple of years before they finally did. Still a stellar record for a league that, as you guys say, was well run and had everything going for it.

    Now it is your turn to admit that you were wrong with push to pass. And before you say prove it, and I will not take Dahooeys tactic of look it up, here is quote and link.
    Last but not least, in the latest move copied from the defunct CART/Champ Car World Series, the Indy cars will feature an overtaking function accessed by a button on the steering wheel that temporarily adjusts the air/fuel mixture and the rev limit of the standard 3.5-liter Honda V-8s. Depending on what fuel setting the driver has already selected, the push to pass function will provide a short burst ranging from 5 to 20 extra horsepower.
  • Stan,

    Again, like most people here, I am really not sure what you are babbling about. I did not complain to Anthony, just asked him to post about Schumacher coming out of retirement to replace Massa. Not really sure how that is a complaint to Anthony, but then again your limited grasp of reality has been slipping for quite some time.

    Strange that now Metcalfe (your alter ego?) is bringing up someones cancer. I guess nothing is out of bounds around you guys. But that is to be expected since you guys seem to revel in the thought of race cars crashing and killing drivers and fans. Really sick, but then again, pretty much to be expected from you and your type. Not racing fans, because I do not know any real race fans who take pleasure in crashes, especially ones that cause injury and death. I am guessing you guys are the same type who watch Faces of Death over and over for pleasure and slow down at accident scenes hoping to see blood and gore. Truly sad.
  • You should have watched the broadcast last night if you want to know WHO thinks crashes and mangled cars and bodies are kewl.

    Vs. had a half hour show after the race featuring the biggest HITS of the EarL.

    The IRL: Crashes R kewl!
  • Metcalfe - like a pot waiting to be watched so it can boil........
  • Unfortunately most TV coverage panders to the lowest common denominator. You see that as far back as the Wide World of Sports intro with the agony of defeat skiing crash all the way to IRL and NASCAR promos that show crashes to tv sports that do the same. That is evidenced by the number of times they showed the Massa crash. A sport most Americans would not look at, was plastered over and over on news casts all over the country. I guess that is there way of getting the Stans of the world to watch.
  • Brett,

    I long ago admitted that I was wrong and cart only had two bankruptcies in less than 15 years, instead of 3 as I had said. The 2002 season came close, but they limped along for a couple of years before they finally did. Still a stellar record for a league that, as you guys say, was well run and had everything going for it.

    Now it is your turn to admit that you were wrong with push to pass. And before you say prove it, and I will not take Dahooeys tactic of “look it up”, here is quote and link.

    And you are still an idiot because you can't get either one right. Go get an MRI, you may have a brain tumor. I'll type slow so you can keep up, have a friend or family member help you sound out the big words. CART had one bankruptcy and CCWS had a liquidation to help them amalgamate into the doomed irl*. CART had a button to change the rich fuel mapping (probably too technical for your feeble tenderloin like brain) on the 2.65L turbo engine. This was not push to pass, there was no time limit and it only effected fuel mileage. CCWS had push to pass, which they borrowed from Formula Palmer Audi.
  • Maybe as you were slowly typing, you realized how wrong you are. You can quibble all you want, but facts are facts. cart/ccws/owrs/whatever other name they came up with to fool the fans went bankrupt, and they did so twice. What is a liquidation, but a bankruptcy. Again, quibble with names, they went bankrupt twice. A bankruptcy by any other names still means they are out of money.

    again, you seem to think there was some real difference between cart/ccws/owrs. Sorry, same thing different name. I am sure in your fantasy world cart was some magical thing that went away when the name changed. Sorry, ask any racing fan, any sports journalist, hell, ask any racer and the vast majority are going to agree that cart/owrs/ccws was all the same thing with just a name change to try to repackage a bad business plan.
  • Still too stupid to deal with the facts. Too stupid to realize the difference between a private and public company. Too stupid to realize the difference between a banruptcy of one company and a liquidation of another to merge with someone else. Too stupid too realize the difference between push to pass and a fuel mixture setting. Enjoy your dinner at Wheeler Mission. How sad is it in your dark little world now that your hero _TG was kicked out on his arse by his sisters? Do you think he'll go back on the flake? Or show up stoned with a gun like Elmer?
  • Touchy aren't we. Liquidation vs. bankruptcy. Sorry, same thing for all intents and purposes. You can play word games, but the result is pretty much the same.

    cart/owrs/ccws. Even among racing fans, you would be hard pressed for any of them to recognize a difference. Same animal, different names.

    By the way, never said push to pass was the same as fuel mixture.

    Thanks for playing.
  • Real racing fans know that OWRS never had a race, that CART and CCWS are completely seperate entities and know what push to pass is and how it differs from a fuel mixture setting. Place fans worship a drug addicted false prophet and the steaming pile of dog shit that is the irl*.

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