Tag:Indianapolis Motor Speedway
Posted on: July 27, 2008 7:24 pm

Competition Caution 400

What a disgrace.

Anybody who tries to defend the debacle that took place at Indianapolis Motor Speedway needs their head examined. There is no excuse -- well no good excuse at least -- for the product NASCAR gave its fans on Sunday.

Having to throw cautions every 10-12 laps because the tires Goodyear supplied weren't up to snuff was utterly ridiculous.

Yeah, hindsight is 20/20. Well, you know what? When it comes to the second biggest event on the NASCAR calendar, foresight should be 20/20.

There are weeks and weeks of testing before the Daytona 500, how does the Brickyard, which had never hosted a COT race prior to Sunday, not warrant testing months in advance?

I put all the blame on NASCAR. Sure Goodyear failed to bring a tire that could hold up, but when it comes right down to it, it's NASCAR's show.  Officials shouldn't just shrug their shoulders and say this was a learning experience.

If I actually paid to attend that race  -- and there were 200,000+ who did just that -- I'd be livid.

NASCAR knows it dropped the ball. NASCAR knows intentionally throwing cautions every 10 laps is nowhere near what fans came to Indianapolis expecting.

It's one thing when there's weather or other extenuating circumstances out of NASCAR's control that leads to bad racing or a premature finish, but Sunday's calamity is all on NASCAR.

If NASCAR wanted to make amends -- and it should -- it would at least offer a partial refund (and not a discount off of next year's tickets) to any fans who paid witness to that disaster. But I wouldn't hold my breath.

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