Tony D's blog
For the 102nd time, the Indy 500 delivers
(Indy Car Photo)
Post–race depression is alive and well in Indianapolis and with race fans across the world. Every year we count down the days to the month of May, and in a blink of an eye, it’s over. Whether you are there for the race, the drinking, the pageantry or the Snake Pit, the momentum of the Indy 500 will carry on in the long run, as well as the short!
Let’s start with the short run. The images and video of the raw emotion from Will Power after he took the checkered flag Sunday was fun to see. It shows that now, and always, this is the race to win.
This is the race drivers dream about winning.
Power will represent the Indy 500, Indy Car & Roger Penske well over the next 360+ as the Indianapolis 500 champion, just like Takuma Sato did last year & Alexander Rossi did after winning the 100th. The on track product was not what we saw in the previous seasons, it was hard to pass up front, despite plenty of passing throughout the field, right Alexander Rossi?
I do think in the future, Indy Car will make adjustments to that back wing to provide more passing up front. Fans have been spoiled the last 5-6 races with incredible passing and drafting, this may be some of the cause to the low TV Ratings.
Despite the down TV ratings, the crowd at IMS on Sunday was one of the best I have seen, outside of Carb Day. There is no doubt in my mind 300,000 plus people made their way to 16th and Georgetown on Sunday, and 400,000 plus made their way into the track over the weekend for Carb Day, Legends Day & the 500.
The Snake Pit looked loaded and Diplo & Deadmau5 are two of the biggest names in EDM today. Kudos to the entire IMS staff and the city of Indianapolis for the outstanding promotion of the 102nd Indy 500, it truly means something to everyone who has attended the race.
This isn’t a fluff piece to say how great IMS is, I have heard some negatives. Obviously as mentioned, the battles for the lead weren’t what we have seen and the T.V. ratings were again down. It was hard to read the scoreboards from the bleachers and to hear the P.A. despite the new Indy Cars being quieter than in previous years, but the good thing is, Doug Boles and IMS will listen. They will listen to anyone who has a complaint, it is almost impossible for everything to go 100% right when it’s 93 degrees and 300,000 plus people gather in one spot. The celebrities seemed to embrace the event that came, and promoted it on their social medial channels, and that is all you can ask for. The IMS staff is already working on 2019!
As far as the series goes, Indy Car turns to Detroit this weekend for the a double header.
Part of me still wishes the Indy 500 was followed by another oval like Milwaukee or Texas, but I am sure in the contract with Roger Penske and the officials for the Detroit race want it the weekend after the Indy 500. We will see how James Hinchcliffe bounces back, can Will Power expand his points lead, and if the passing we saw at Long Beach, translates to another street course in Belle Isle.
Of course, you can listen to the amazing Indy Car Radio Network right here on 1070 The Fan, with coverage starting both Saturday & Sunday at 3pm EST. The Producers will be 1070 The Fan on Saturday mornig prior 11-1 to give our thoughts on the Indy 500 as well!