Sarah Fisher frozen out of IndyCar Series

February 21, 2012
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IndyCar Series CEO Randy Bernard has a problem. And it’s a big one.

The series’ only female owner—and one of its most popular people over the last decade, Sarah Fisher—can’t get an engine to go racing.

She has the money to pay for an engine. In fact, she has the sponsorship revenue to race a full IndyCar Series season this year.

Fisher has a promising American rookie driver—2011 Indy Lights Champion Josef Newgarden—a spiffy new Dallara chassis and a new shop being built on Main Street in Speedway.

The Ohio native’s team couldn’t be more all-American if it fueled its car with apple pie. Fisher couldn’t be more of a series loyalist if her last name was Foyt.

And still, Fisher can’t get one of the series’ three engine manufacturers—Chevrolet, Honda or Lotus—to sell her an engine.

Fans are starting to fume. Some on motorsports message boards are promising to turn their backs on the open-wheel series forever unless series officials step up to broker a deal—and fast. Sure, those fans might be blowing smoke. But at a time when Bernard is touting amped-up TV ratings and projecting attendance gains, he can’t afford to take that risk.

This is a tricky problem for Bernard.

Each manufacturer promised to supply up to 10 engines for the 2012 IndyCar season. Honda has stretched itself to supply 12 and Chevrolet is at 11. Lotus is at five, and according to company officials, unable to go any higher.

Fisher initially approached Chevrolet because she wanted an American company. But despite her team racing victoriously at Kentucky at the end of 2011, the all-American auto manufacturer told the all-American girl her money is no good here. Fisher turned to Honda, figuring at least its racing division was based in the good old USA, but by then Honda was over capacity.

Since engine manufacturers sell each engine at a financial loss, Chevrolet and Honda are not eager to rush to get Fisher an engine at their expense.

Lotus, the last of the three to jump into the IndyCar Series, has been behind from the start. Until recently, it was unclear if it would to be able to supply any engines.

Bernard could sweeten the pot for Chevy or Honda to try to sway them to make Fisher an engine. But it’s not clear if that strategy would work and is certain to raise a stink with other owners wondering why the series is doling out money to a competitor.

Honda officials said they likely will be able to add Fisher to their roster, but not until the Indianapolis 500 in May. That means Fisher’s team will miss the first four races of the year at St. Petersburg, Barber Motorsports Park, Long Beach and Brazil.

That essentially takes Fisher out of the 2012 series points battle before the year begins, and likely takes the promising Newgarden out of the Rookie of the Year hunt. It also puts the team at an extreme disadvantage for Indianapolis—the biggest race of the year. And that won’t sit well with Fisher’s sponsors.

At a time when everyone should be focused on the series’ new chassis and engine packages, and the first IndyCar Series on-track competition between engine manufacturers in years, the paddock and a bevy of auto racing writers are focused on Fisher’s dilemma.

Unfortunately for Bernard, and everyone else concerned about marketing the series, Fisher’s team is not alone.

Conquest Racing is in a similar situation, which is hindering the team from even hiring a driver for 2012. But Fisher is getting all the attention.

Several factors have led to the engine shortfall. First, there have been more blown engines in testing than anticipated. There have also been more teams requesting new engines than projected.

There were 25 cars on the grid for the 2011 season opener, while there are about 30 cars seeking to race this year’s season opener March 25 in St. Petersburg.

But this isn’t the season for excuses. For a series CEO, this is the season for action.

It’s a time to go green, not make your fans see red.

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  • The Politics of Yesteryear
    There is no logical reason why Fisher should be without an engine deal. Someone needs to explain the politics that make this possible. Better yet, someone needs to take action so she can be on the St. Pete grid.
    • Lotus didn't agree to 10 engines
      From all that has been publicly stated regarding the terms of the contract, each OEM agreed only to supply 20% of the field as a minimum and 40% as a maximum. This so-called "10 lease requirement" was the number developed by HPD and Chevy to estimate the upper end of their lease count so as not to exceed 40% of the field, **if** the field was only 25 or 26 cars. Both of those OEMs went on record with Marshall Pruett last September with that information. Lotus need only supply 6 leases if the full-time field reached 30 cars. The real problem here is that IndyCar set the lease price too low, then did not set down a hard number for the minimum and maximum number of leases each OEM would be required to offer, rather than only as a share of the field.
    • Can these guys step on themselves any more?
      Good grief. Can Indy Car do ANYTHING right? As a former fan who is finally getting enthused again, this debacle with Sarah is just about enough to have me say "i quit." Forever. I assure you that the sound you hear is Mr. Hulman spinning in his grave.
    • Indy Car is History
      Is this a joke? Talk about an old boys club, grow up BOYS!

      I'm done with Indy Car. The races are boring with mostly street courses now.
    • Time For Mandrake the Magician
      This is a lose, lose, lose. lose, lose, lose for all concerned. Randy Bernard needs to get everyone involved together to figure this out! Yesterday will not be soon enough. Sarah Fisher Racing need to be in the whole series season and there can be no excuses. Just get it done!
      • CART 2.0
        IndyCar racing has come full circle. I've been a supporter of the IRL/IndyCar through thick and thin, but if they don't get Sarah an engine for the full season then I'm out. I thought that I was a long way from my final straw but this one is so huge that it would be the last. Oh well, between race tickets and merchandise I could save myself over $1500 per year.
        • This is too funny
          I'm telling you, this is funny!

          It's not Ms. Fisher's birthright to be in this series. The series was charging $61,000 to get an interview for a TEAMS cut this year. THAT'S HIGHWAY ROBBERY in it's own right.

          So, learn yourself up here Hoosiers: Only the strong survive. It's the CART way that led to success and the philosophy that this NEW IMS leadership is following. Ovals OUT, Pack racing OUT, Euros and Brazillianaries IN, foreign races IN, dead wood drivers and team OUT.

          That's the way it should be. Sorry Sarah, they dumped Greg Ray and all the other stalwarts from the real IRL days long ago too. It was going to happen someday... :-(
          • Seriously
            I bet if Danica was in need of an engine, it would happen. Wake up everyone, as said above, Indy Car can't blow this one or they will lose what is left of us diehard fans! We as diehards are already not happy with all the street races and what's up with no oval race before the Indy 500? Talk about accident waiting to happen. The rookies will not have enough practice on ovals, do you hear catastrophe? I believe Sarah deserves this as much as amyone in the IRL series. Someone needs to step up and help this team as well as anyone who wants to race here. Don't we want to keep attracting crowds/fans???
          • Poor Planning
            Seems what it boils down to is once again poor planning on the part of IRL leadership. This was not suppose to happen with the new rules and opening the availability of engines from three manufacturers. Chevy is a joke, they lost billions of taxpayer funds yet make a huge profit but cannot supply an engine.
            No engine for Sarah equals the loss of even more fans. Hey IRL, get to work and fix it of shutter the doors! Bet Pensky and other large teams have engines.
          • CART?
            Yes, and that very philosophy is the reason CART no longer exists and IRL will be headed for the heep as well. She has "learned" and earned her way into this series and can afford an engine, poor planning and leadership is at work here.
          • Cart-Don't Talk to me about Cart
            It looks like Chief has been smoking his peace pipe again? Applauding the ways of CART is like applauding the ways of the Corvair or the Pacer. There is a reson that CART came staggering back to the IRL. They didn't have a financial model that worked. Penske realized it. Ganassi realized it and everybody else had to follow suit. There is no way that this Fisher situation won't get resolved so her team is in the field.
          • Geez
            You guys realize everything about this sport is based on old CART/CCWS stuff, nowadays, don't 'cha?

            -Beau Barfield, ushered into stewarding by Chris Knieflel, former CART driver and steward.

            -Everything of importance to win since 2000 in IRL/Indycars was won by either CART/CCWS teams or drivers.

            -Former CART/CCWS teams make up the majority teams in the Indycar Series.

            -Many IRL/Indycar tracks designed by Tony Cotman, former CART/CCWS official.

            ...etc.

            The only true piece of IRL left is Sarah, AJ and the 500. That's all you can cling to...you've all been duped all along, originally by Tony George (who is still responsible for this cross-pollenation). I personally love it!!!!
          • It's all Indy now baby!!!
            Chief,

            This time you are wrong.

            You must keep in mind the series biggest defenders and truth seekers told us CART and Champcar are dead.

            1 + 1 = Twice!!

            You need to get over it and all...

            No, this is all Indy's baby now.

            Ever since 1996 fans were assured that everything was gonna be alright now that Indy was large and in charge. And since the merger in 2008 there was going to be no going back. All Indy's baby, baby.

            Why would there ever be any need for anything CART or Champcar when Indy is everything a true and great racing series ever needs.

            So the fans only have one controlling body to be upset with now. And upset they are. But why, they got what they wanted didn't they?

            Or maybe they are getting what they deserve.

            Better yet, maybe they will figure out why there was such success when someone other than Indy had control of the sport.

            In the meantime...new old lessons will be learned the hard way.
          • The Obsession Continues
            "I'm telling you, this is funny! It's not Ms. Fisher's birthright to be in this series. The series was charging $61,000 to get an interview for a TEAMS cut this year. THAT'S HIGHWAY ROBBERY in it's own right."
            That may well be, but no one put a gun to their heads. And birthright has nothing to do with the SFHR effort. Funding does. They are more funded than over half the teams in the paddock, and are willing to pay more than anyone else on the grid for an engine deal, with no subsidies. Not only are they funded, they have chassis, sponsorship, an American driver talented on the ever increasing number of non-ovals, and a commitment to build HQ right next door to Dallara. Teams rarely come better equipped than that, son.

            "So, learn yourself up here Hoosiers: Only the strong survive. It's the cart way that led to success and the philosophy that this NEW IMS leadership is following. Ovals OUT, Pack racing OUT, Euros and Brazillianaries IN, foreign races IN, dead wood drivers and team OUT."
            Do you mean the cart way that ended in failure, twice? LOL. Without Indy they did not amount to much, did they? It seems as though you have some sort of block about evolving with the rest of civilization.

            "That's the way it should be. Sorry Sarah, they dumped Greg Ray and all the other stalwarts from the real IRL days long ago too. It was going to happen someday... "
            Ooohhh...a Greg Ray reference. How timely. Mature too.

            "You guys realize everything about this sport is based on old cart/ccws stuff, nowadays, don't 'cha?
            -Beau Barfield, ushered into stewarding by Chris Knieflel, former cart driver and steward.
            -Everything of importance to win since 2000 in IRL/Indycars was won by either cart/ccws teams or drivers.
            -Former cart/ccws teams make up the majority teams in the Indycar Series.
            -Many IRL/Indycar tracks designed by Tony Cotman, former cart/ccws official.
            ...etc."
            I'm OK with your sordid, juvenile interpretation as long as A)Indy remains the center of the universe, and B) the cart-led contingent does not off itself for a third time. With Indy involved, that would be big. Of course, with Indy they will not fail.

            "The only true piece of IRL left is Sarah, AJ and the 500. That's all you can cling to...you've all been duped all along, originally by Tony George (who is still responsible for this cross-pollenation). I personally love it!!!!"
            Why is it the only people who care about (obsessively so, actually) the old 'IRL' are disenfranchised cart enthusiasts with the emotional dexterity of second grade students in time out? It is 2012. Should the six of you still shrieking at least try to evolve a little?
          • chief whats in your pipe
            Chief

            since you jsut recently came out of your cave I would like to remind you that Penskie came to the IRL about 9 years ago and Chip came over a while ago too along with Andretti Green etc. So to say its Cart is not correct! You fell asleep when USAC ran this man - wake up!! Of course there are some of the same peoeple because they are racing people. Toyota, Ford and chevy also subsidize Nascar and all manufacturers have cars in some kind of racing series. And oh yea, Reagan isnt our President either. You are Rip VanWinkle
          • Uh-oh!
            Normally I ignore Chief since he's obviously incapable of understanding any viewpoint other than his own and his stuff is so plain, incessant and static. But this one made me laugh so hard I had to respond.

            According to Chief "It's the CART way that led to success."

            CART is longer a going concern!

            I really need to meet Chief. I'm fairly certain I could get him to invest in a bookstore, a DVD rental store or a record store.

            P.T. Barnum was right.
          • Strong?
            First off, it's obviously "CART is NO longer a going concern" above.

            Secondly, I did actually read Chief's first post and I must ask him, who says Sarah Fisher Racing isn't strong? This isn't about her team not being strong. It's about the engine manufacturers going back to the CART ways of them deciding who is going to be strong.

            1994: Penske? We like you so you're going to have the top of the line. Rick Galles? Nah, you're not our favorite so you'll never win with the garbage engines we'll give you.

            2012: Penske? We still like you so you'll have the top of line. Sarah? You're a girl so we won't even let you buy an engine.
          • Topic Diversion Dead Ahead
            Wait until he goes all OCD about Indycar doing nothing about safety in the wake of Dan Wheldon's death. That's another of his cute little tics. That topic diversion can't be far behind.
          • doing this for the fans?
            I think the IBJ is on to something and it should investigate the situation further. I suggest they try to interview all the teams without an engine. Right now they don't even have enough teams to field a 33 car field for Indy. The person who was suppose to save Indy car is self selecting who gets in and who doesn't. And he is trying to hold a gun to the manufacturers head. Not a way to gain fan support or fan loyalty. All teams should have a chance to compete if they can fund a team. Basically what CEO Randy Bernard has done is feed the rich and strangle the poor. No way can a single car team compete in this series any longer. No more rooting for the underdog - if you like watching the big 3 continue to win then this is your racing series. Boo Hiss!!!!!! I think Indy car should learn from some of the other more successful professional sports on how to share profits and support a team with a smaller budget - the big 3 aren't going anywhere this is where they make their living. This is not the rodeo or wwf.
          • Will it be the Indy 20
            How will there possibly be 33 cars at Indy this year? What moron devised this plan?
          • Get it in gear, Randy
            This is crazy. How can Randy Bernard go out at the State of Series and scream about new sponsors, Tv ratings increases, the gravity jack deal, and not cover the basics? This series was supposed to be all about providing opportunities for Americans. What happened? Man has this thing gotten out of whack!
          • Why is this Sarah thing such a big deal?
            I want to understand this. This isn't like challenging the government of Italy for not coming up with next generation Italian F1 drivers. This is Sarah.

            The local yokel approach has some charm, but come on, the fault lies at the feet of the Indycar Series. PERIOD.

            If the goddess Sarah can't get an engine, how many other teams can't too? So, the story is not Sarah and this supposed slight against her...it's the inability of the series to prevent itself from tripping over it's own feet. Like usual. That's the story here.
          • Sarah Put Herself in This Position
            Sarah doesn't have an engine deal for 2 reasons:
            (1) Because of initial uncertainty over her funding, she came late to the table after many other teams had already finalized their deals.
            (2) Despite being a backmarker team (apart from one lucky win), she held out for an engine from Chevy or Honda, back when there was still a chance to make a deal with Lotus. Unsurprisingly, Chevy and Honda were focused on more competitive teams, and by the time Sarah wised up and decided to settle for Lotus, Lotus' engine supply was maxxed out until May.

            Last year the other "small" teams (who had their funding in place) sensibly settled for what they could get, ie Lotus. Which is why they have engines and Sarah doesn't. At the beginning of January, Judd told Lotus they could supply more engines, but only if orders were placed immediately. Too bad Sarah didn't take advantage of that chance. Now it's too late.

            There are no villains here: Sarah took a gamble to try and get a better engine than the other small teams, and lost her gamble. Now she has to live with the consequences of her choice. End of story.
          • There's No Conspiracy Here
            @concerned
            "I suggest they try to interview all the teams without an engine".
            The only team still without an engine deal is Conquest, and that's because Conquest hasn't yet got enough funding to enter the 2012 season.

            Every other team who could afford it got an engine deal, because unlike Sarah, they took the deals that were available to them rather than waiting until it was too late.
          • Separation of Fact From Fiction
            Factually incorrect. SFHR had funding in place within the required window, and a deal with Lotus was never available to that team. The notion that she was holding out for Chevy or Honda is also a crudely concocted Internet myth. No one has been able to intelligently explain the politics involved in this embarrassing and stupid scenario.
            • Well there's your problem...
              Looking for an "intelligent explanation" is futile at best.

              There hasn't been anything keenly intelligent done in American openwheel racing since about, oh, 1991. There has been a slow erosion of the sport since that time.

              Things may have looked good on the top side, but the underbelly was always brewing up some slime.

              And waiting for a truthful answer from the powers at IMS? That's a joke right?

              There is a history of cover up, look-the-other-way, and street sweeping things under rather large rugs through its history.

              Just another day, er, year at Indy.

              Everyone should be used to it all by now, especially those that have been following it through all of its evolutionary devolution.
            • Realistic Viewpoint
              The sheer ignorance of using IMS as a scapegoat for all real and perceived problems in the sport is certainly quaint but unrealistic. Most of the problems in the sport today can be traced directly to three or four legacy owners who actually pull the strings. IndyCar has only had one leader with the guts to do something about it, and he has been vilified by the ignorant for doing so.

              That is not to say IMS operates in a transparent fashion. It never has. Even before cart was concocted. Then again, they have been around for 100 years. The same cannot be said for the self-interested, pompous folks actually in charge.

              A line has been crossed with this Sarah Fisher fiasco, and actual fans (those of us who spend money and actually attend races) are quite angry.
            • Quaint
              Why is it unrealistic? They OWN it, they RUN it, THEY control what happens to it AND in it.

              Or, are you saying that IMS is powerless? I understand you trying to justify this, but, the reality is IMS is the center of the AOW universe. Are you saying that's not so?
            • Effectively Dealing With Invaders
              Not at all. I am saying they are not ruthless enough to squash mutineers, and I wish they were. They have what amounts to a cockroach infestation, and they refuse to call Orkin. In a matter of speaking you can hopefully comprehend.
            • Mutineers?
              Who are the mutineers and cockroaches in the series?

              So, they have the power, they just refuse to use it? Why would they do something like that? Ya think the gods at 16 tha dn Georgetown NEED the looters, mutineers and cockroaches?

              Why did they let them in in the first place?
            • Burl here, with his usual relevance...
              ..This could well be the first year they fail to get the 33 cars. But as Tony George once said, 33 is just a number. And the Indy 500, sadly now, is just a race. A pretty big one still, but down to being just a race. It is more nostalgia these days than an important, monumental auto racing event. A throwback, tradition type of thing. Old school.

              So being just another race, does it really matter to anyone but the small crowd of Gomeratti if they start say, 25 or even 29 cars? Sure, it would be a big news story, relative to the world of motorsports, but most who show up with a ticket on race day or tune in to watch on the tube wouldn't care. Only a small percentage of the potential audience even watches this race anymore to begin with. And who listens to the race on the radio anymore? Who are those guys talking to? Two guys at Trackforum and a trucker who couldn’t get to a Motel 6 in time to watch the race on TV in Des Moines. And he's more into NASCAR anyway. He's not into the Sandwich or Helio. He's probably surprised Gordon Johncock is not in the thing.

              So, what's the point on the speedway radio dealy-o? Donald Davidson reminisicng where Ted Prappas finished in the '92 500? And yet Mike King waxes so serious. Too funny.

              No 33 at Indy is a real possibility. But who cares? 29 cars in a dying race is better than 28 and so on. It is all academic at this point because there are so few fans and the sport is so akward and irrelevant.
            • Obsession Knows No Boundaries
              "So being just another race, does it really matter to anyone but the small crowd of Gomeratti if they start say, 25 or even 29 cars?"
              I see the annual prediction of less than 33 has started early this year, and by the usual suspect(s). And once again, come May, you will all be exposed as foolish again.

              "Small crowd of Gomeratti" eh? As opposed to what? A small crowd of jealous, cart-centric road racers who managed to get their preferred series killed, twice? LOL.

              The off topic, obsessed desperation here rarely fails to amuse us.
            • they are the mutineers?
              Who are the mutineers? Are they playing back behind the Pagoda on Carb Day?
            • Still Looking For The Right Answer
              Who can intelligently explain why Sarah Fisher can't get an engine despite the fact she has equipment, backing, sponsorship, a paid driver and a recent win on her team's resume?
              • That was easy
                Sarah cannot play because she is in the IndyCar Series. That's why. The last vestige of the old order if your name is not Foyt or Carpenter. She's old IRL. Randy wants her out. Beside, didn't you hear him? IndyCar is young, vibrant, hip, we are in for a helluva ride, cool is the new underdog. It is just that nobody else thinks so and even fewer are watching.

                Randy talks to a fanbase about the population of Shelbyville.

                Sarah's days in the dying series are numered. Ahh, who cares? Two guys at Trackforum, Robin Miller, and well, Newgarden. He cares.

                Too funny. This series is so irrelevant. But man, it is dying an agonizingly long, painful, death. Where is Kevorkian when we need him?
              • And....
                ....if Randy and company do not want Sarah out, if, in fact, they want her in....they have the power to get her in. Why are they not doing that? No, old IRL is out. Old F1 is in.

                The Sandwich is the new Sarah. Who woulda thunk it?
              • Actual Answers Anyone?
                "Sarah cannot play because she is in the IndyCar Series. That's why. The last vestige of the old order if your name is not Foyt or Carpenter. She's old IRL. Randy wants her out."
                Your typically obtuse attempts at what appears to be some type of humor aside, you may not be aware that Sarah no longer drives. She cares enough to try and be a new generation owner, and desires to expand her operation to include not just ovals, but non-ovals, and with a young American driver skilled in both disciplines. Something that open wheel racing definitely needs. What does 'old IRL' have to do with anything? And if Randy wants her out, where is anything other than circumstantial? I know the guy has a tendency to talk out of multiple sides of his mouth depending upon the audience of the moment, but SFHR is precisely what ANY viable open wheel series needs today. Why is that so difficult for the six of you child-like obsessed to wrap your brains around? Let’s face it. She’s no Eric Bachelart or anything, but she does have funding, equipment, sponsors, commitment to build HQ right next door to Dallara and a willingness to spend more than anyone else for a motor.

                "Beside, didn't you hear him? IndyCar is young, vibrant, hip, we are in for a helluva ride, cool is the new underdog. It is just that nobody else thinks so and even fewer are watching. Randy talks to a fanbase about the population of Shelbyville."
                ...and adding the fanbase the six of you represent will add what? The population of Greensburg? Get real.

                "Sarah's days in the dying series are numered. Ahh, who cares? Two guys at Trackforum, Robin Miller, and well, Newgarden. He cares."
                I would be happy if an adult...ANY adult...happened along with a rational explanation of the politics behind this instead of garbage tossing by a handful of children.

                "Too funny. This series is so irrelevant. But man, it is dying an agonizingly long, painful, death. Where is Kevorkian when we need him? ....if Randy and company do not want Sarah out, if, in fact, they want her in....they have the power to get her in. Why are they not doing that? No, old IRL is out. Old F1 is in."
                Oddly, the one thing we have all heard from you kids for sixteen years over and over is how IndyCar is dying. Year after year. Decade after decade. In what year will it finally expire? LOL. And if old F1 is in, when will the dozen or so fans of it in the USA show up?

                "The Sandwich is the new Sarah. Who woulda thunk it?"
                It appears we won’t get any intelligent answers here. Just obtuse commentary from children. Enjoy the season! I know you all will be following every turn.
              • One sure fact
                IndyCar Racing is nowhere near as relevant in today's sports environment as it was a generation ago. Back then, especially in the early 80's when I first came to Indy, there was a real sense the Indianapolis 500, in particular, and Indy-style races in general, were not just "niche" events as Burl has called them, but rather a strong, second-tier sport with growing interest and near-mainstream popularity at times.

                I recall being in a Sears store in April 1989. I walked into the TV section to see at least a dozen shopper's stopping in the aile to watch the closing laps of the Long Beach Grand Prix. The local newspaper sent a sportswriter all the way across the country to Indy every May for front-page coverage of the race and columns about the personalities and atmosphere. Almost, mini-Super Bowl coverage.

                A non-racing friend of mine once asked at a dinner party in Reno I was attending if Bobby Rahal was going to be the next Rick Mears. And that man hated sports.

                Today I cannot think of one person in my circle anywhere who is even aware of the series. I never hear it mentioned. Not even Wheldon's death, save one man at my office who kept calling him Dave Wheldon when discussing the morbid curiosity of this incident.

                And there is the uncomfortable fact the youngest generation of fans view the Indy 500, if the even know about it, as ancient and the driver's "gay." I have heard that at a few Indoor Kart tracks, where NASCAR and Formula Drifitng reign king.

                My guess is the sport will muddle along ok a few years more. Maybe. But it's heyday is long gone and I see no reason to think it will return. The fact is, it may vanish. It certainly is a much, much diminished item with, as Burl himself has correctly pointed out, an almost village-sized, miniscule, hardcore following.

                He may be right.

                Disciple, on the other hand, seems out of touch with reality and desperately flailing his arms about in a usless defense of something even he truly knows is a shadow of its former self in a setting sun of existence.

              • Comedy gold
                The current situation going on now is comedy gold to myself and a few others here it appears. I so want to say told you so but Chief and Carter and Burl beat me to it. The best part is that Defender can't blame CART or CC for this since they both died twice! This is all Randy's failure since he is the man in charge. Even mumbles can't claim this awesome screwup! This is already turning out to be a grate year!
              • The 80s, Huh?
                All those words for yet another clueless personal attack. Here's a news flash, pal. Indy Car's real high point pre-dated the 80s by a couple of decades. I wish it was like that today but the world has changed in fundamental ways. I've been buying tickets since the 1950s and the best I hope for is a strong niche. Lamenting what people thought they had in the 80s is shortsighted. The best we can do is be responsible fans and watch the sport with enthusiasm.

                Enthusiasm, however, is tempered when unacceptable situations such as the SFHR engine situation compromise the integrity of the sport today along with leadership who chooses to remain silent.
              • Not true
                There is no way you were buying tickets in the 50's. In fact, it's highly unlikely you bought tickets through the 60's and in to the early 70's either. Please stop acting like mr. know-it-all, mr. sensitive IRLDefender.

                No one is slagging ANY generation of Indy or AOW...EXCEPT the generation that created the goofy incarnation that you defend so staunchly now, years 1996 through 2012. You pass it off a natural evolution, but it is anything but that. It was a deliberate destruction of EVERY era that came before it. And now it's gotten so pathetic your crocodile tears for Sarah are running you dry.

                Who cares about Sarah? No one, not the series or the fans. And it was all put in place by your handlers, the ones who sign your propaganda paycheck from 16th and Georgetown. How do ya like them apples?
              • It's Dead
                The IndyCar Series is for all intents and purposes: Dead. I agree with some of the others who post here. They make some valid points. It is a small, niche sport, with a an increasingly limited following. Added to the trouble is poor management, maybe even a puppet management for the Big Three, who fail to see the forest for the trees or simply do not care. Ego can do that to a soul.

                It is not a well run sport. And the decisions that have been made in recent years are almost the polar opposite of what would rekindle even a modicum of interest.

                Randy Bernard can say all he wants. It is PR pablum. He fully knows he is at the helm of a series that is akward, as Burl calls it, unpopular, and cannot even put together an attractive race car driven by people Americans actually could are about.

                Indy is burgers and fries. It is not a Rubens, an Helio, or even a Dario. They simply do not resonate no matter what anybody thinks.

                IndyCar is a Danny, a Rick, a Gas Man, a Gordon, a Bobby, and a Rex, a Duke, a Spike, a Salt, a JR Lonestar.

                At least they have a J.R. And he thinks the new car sucks.
              • I See The Thought Challenged Have Arrived
                The single most stupid thing anyone has ever said at any point over the past sixteen years: "IndyCar is dead." These people confuse their alternative universe with actual reality and always look foolish every time a new IndyCar season kicks off. That is actually the most humorous part of seeing these commentary sections devolve into off-topic sniping not seen since the second grade.

                My advice: 1) Grow up. 2) Make an attempt to stick to topics.
              • 1950's ticket buying habits
                All lies. Deflection, and now superior pompousness.

                Was Josepf Newgarden the Indy Lights champ? Isn't he guaranteed a ride somewhere?

                I like the new direction Indycar is taking...it's refreshing.

                Also, because Danica is using Tony Stewart (Indy's favorite AOW roots racer who they couldnt keep), the perception in the media is NASCAR is the pinnacle of motorsport in USA. She moved UP from the IRL. Pretty hard to challenge that line of thought with all the bumbling IMS does, like this engine freeze-out for Sarah. I'm laughing today while I watch the Gatoraide 125's. What ever happened to the IRLdycars racin at Daytona? Bwbababahhahhaha!
              • Right On Cue
                How quaint. What does any of that childish diatribe have to do with Sarah Fisher getting an engine? When will the IndyCar Series cease to operate, Einstein?
              • Sarah....Sarah...
                ....no time is a good time for goodbye.....

                Randy the Rodeo Clown had better find a way. Some of these posters are quite right. Sarah is an American woman of popularity and she sells tickets, the young man Newgarden is from Nashville is it?. An American. That is heritage stuff for which the Indy 500 is iconic.

                People simply do not identify with a faux-grandiose Formula One copy.

                Yes, Disciple, the other poster is right. IndyCar is dead. Well, all but dead.

                Randy the Rodeo Clown had big problems. He presides over a stinky pile.

                I like the Trackforum reference from Burl. That is like the Gomer Rest Home for the last generation of IndyCar fans.

                Disciple is President of the dying breed.

              • Lies Lies Lies
                Thompson Twins...

                Disciple, why do I always have to do your thinking for you? If Sarah doesn't have engines and Newgarden is her driver and he's the Lights champion, he's got a ride coming...right?

                But Sarah ain't got no engines. As I said before, maybe Josef needs to go to a team with engines. This isn't about Sarah, it's about the ability of the Indycar management to find solution to problems.

                Newgarden needs a ride, who cares if it's with Sarah or not? That's the point here. Oh, and also IMS has turned it's back on many over the years, Sarah is just another one.

                1950's...where did you work to make the money to buy tickets? Probably a miLk man?
              • And Now, A Higher Maturity Level
                Not to worry children...it appears Sarah will have Honda power. Stand by. Looks like IndyCar lives to race for another year. Sorry to disappoint he obsessed cart/formula crowd that are actually the biggest fans of the series.
              • Thank God!
                Let me be the first to label Sarah "UN-FROZE" if this rumor is true.

                They better win some races otherwise my prognostication would be true...she still sucks. (And I like her)
              • Liberal Definition of 'Suck'
                She really sucked at Kentucky at the end of last season, eh?
              • Big deal
                That big win at Spartucky did a lot for Fisher, eh? Dollar General dumped her, Special Ed left and where in the heck did that Spartucky race go? LOL
              • Reality Trumps Stupidity
                You kids just can't stand it, huh? I realize your emotional ages cause a kind of childish tourettes that results in cutesy words like 'Special Ed' and 'Spartucky' and such, but Ed has his own well funded team now, Sarah has committed to a full season with a great young driver and I thought out of the other side of your li'l mouths 1.5 mile ovals were the devil. Why not just grow up and try to contribute something with just a little intelligence for a change?
              • That's the beauty of it
                Brett's post summarized the Sarah legacy very well, in 30 words or less. And you want special engines for her.....bwahahahhaha!
              • Still Seeking Intelligent Commentary
                Brett's post, like yours, is a vapid, second grade schoolyard taunt. A waste of air. Yours is just the same old typical conclusion leap unsupported by anything even remotely resembling actual reality.
              • Good news
                Good for Fisher. Now Newgarden can fight it out with Carpenter for last on the grid. We'll see how well that extra 3 inches of foam works.
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              • agree
                I agree

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