IndyCar to guarantee $1.2 million per...

IndyCar to guarantee $1.2 million per car in 2008

There are 64 comments on the The Indianapolis Star story from Oct 2, 2007, titled IndyCar to guarantee $1.2 million per car in 2008. In it, The Indianapolis Star reports that:

The IndyCar Series unveiled its new earnings distribution plan today guaranteeing a minimum of $1.2 million to each car entered for the full 2008 season.

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IndyCar Fan

United States

#1 Oct 2, 2007
Excellent. This can only help the series, and hopefully will add a few cars to the count.
4 time winner

Carmel, IN

#3 Oct 2, 2007
Most Excellent !! This will Help keep the drivers happy.

“Waiting to inhale”

Since: Feb 07

Chicago

#4 Oct 2, 2007
It's a step in the right direction...defintely...

“Waiting to inhale”

Since: Feb 07

Chicago

#6 Oct 2, 2007
Spell check...definitely
John

Riverview, FL

#9 Oct 2, 2007
Bring back the NOVI. That's good for selling at least an extra 50,000. tickets and get open wheel back on top of the heap where it belongs.
Race Fan

Portsmouth, VA

#10 Oct 2, 2007
This helps; but doubt they get more than 35 cars to enter at Indy. Bump day will be a joke. Let's hope they can get a class act for Carb Day.
The Anti-Carson

United States

#12 Oct 2, 2007
Jim wrote:
IRL Fans should be counting their "Stars" for Helio and his dancing. He will do more for promoting the IRL (esp. among women) than TG and his idiot minions could do in a decade...
PLEASE STOP! Sick of hearing about this wimp-dancing in the same sentence as racing.
Cheech and Chong

Erlanger, KY

#13 Oct 2, 2007
You want to fix Indy?? Bring back the snake pit. 15 years ago people went to the track as much for the spectacle in the infield as they did for the spectacle on the track. While it is a world class facility, it has also become quite sterile.
That whole mardi gras atmosphere is pretty much gone these days.
Chad

Louisville, KY

#14 Oct 2, 2007
bald guy wrote:
This is a joke along all of indy racing. The only thing it has going for it is a brat female that thinks she can drive.
Oh I don't know, she drives a real race car and can get through a practice lap without slamming the wall and almost crippling herself. That is more than we can say for Dale Jr.
BTH

Carmel, IN

#15 Oct 2, 2007
To all those people with positive comments about the new incentive program I applaud you. You see that the IRL is trying new approachs to the series by bringing value added programs to the table and trying to think outside of the box. And like it or not to those close minded individuals out there, every time Helio's name is mentioned or every time he is shown dancing that only brings positive press for the IRL and possibly more fans becoming interested in the series which is a plus. I look at all the positive news coming out of the IRL which is a good thing but now it is time to see what happens in the off season and if it equates into more cars and more competitive racing as that will be the true test of this program once the season begins.
Helen

Avon, IN

#16 Oct 2, 2007
Cheech and Chong wrote:
You want to fix Indy?? Bring back the snake pit. 15 years ago people went to the track as much for the spectacle in the infield as they did for the spectacle on the track. While it is a world class facility, it has also become quite sterile.
That whole mardi gras atmosphere is pretty much gone these days.
Yep, it's too corporate and boring. And make all the teams have their practice pits where the railbirds can get a view. Hiding in the north pits away from the crowd is just a terrible idea.

But then again, sports is no longer about the fans. It's all about funneling corporate money into the trough.

Maybe that's why hardly anybody shows up for anything but race day. The 500 should be made into a long weekend race. The "Month of May" is gone, long gone.
Richard

New York, NY

#17 Oct 2, 2007
I hope this works. The only way is to try it out.
Head Scratch

Chicago, IL

#19 Oct 2, 2007
What's this IRL thingy they are talking about? I've heard of "Dancing with the Stars", but what's the IRL?
Get Down with Sartre

Milford, CT

#20 Oct 2, 2007
As much of a buffoon as I find Tony George to be, and as much criticism as Tony deserves for crippling the growth of open wheel racing with his petulant and overly personal fight with Champ Car, this isn't such a bad idea.

HOWEVER, if the car counts don't improve, and we don't have a race winner from outside the Top 3 teams, then it's seriously time to do the merger and end this nonsense.
JJJ

Noblesville, IN

#21 Oct 2, 2007
Dan wrote:
Woo hoo...racing socialism. Please have the desired effect of helping the series and not just strenghting the same backmarkers. Also, please have the effect of delivering a legitimate bump day given entry count increases.
Dan, Good comment! Maybe Tony George should offer free universal health care to people who attend IRL races. This would boost attendance for sure!
Energy Broker

Carmel, IN

#22 Oct 2, 2007
I do not see how the ChampCar teams will be able to stay away now. I expect the car count for next season to reach 26 for each race and actual bumping for Indy.
careerleader

Louisville, KY

#23 Oct 2, 2007
Of course this means a payday of almost nothing for anybody putting a car in Indy as a one off.

It's also sad that a podium finish will now mean absolutely nothing to 80% of the team owners after July 1st when they find themselves out of contention for the championship.

Multi-car teams will now have MORE incentive to use their non-champion competing car to 'take out' a driver who actually is in the running in order to protect other cars on the team.

The upside is that there were only going to be 12-13 cars/race in 2008 before this change. The downsides are many.

If the series were healthy enough that a full slate of cars could afford to drive all season, this change would never have been made --- that is all you have to know to prove that this is an act of despair.
Get Down with Sartre

Milford, CT

#24 Oct 2, 2007
careerleader wrote:
Of course this means a payday of almost nothing for anybody putting a car in Indy as a one off.
It's also sad that a podium finish will now mean absolutely nothing to 80% of the team owners after July 1st when they find themselves out of contention for the championship.
Multi-car teams will now have MORE incentive to use their non-champion competing car to 'take out' a driver who actually is in the running in order to protect other cars on the team.
The upside is that there were only going to be 12-13 cars/race in 2008 before this change. The downsides are many.
If the series were healthy enough that a full slate of cars could afford to drive all season, this change would never have been made --- that is all you have to know to prove that this is an act of despair.
Upping the car counts is the only way the IRL is ever going to turn around. If it has the benefit of producing maybe some different winners, that's for the better. I suspect this model is the first step towards a grudging reunion with Champ Car.
IRL fan

United States

#25 Oct 2, 2007
I am just thinking out loud here, but it seems to me that Tony George has been trying to get the 2 sides back together since the split. I wonder if this will finally be the death of chump car, and bring those teams back. Yes, I know it was TG's decsion way back when that led to the split, but ever since that fateful day, he has tried to bring it all back under one roof, is it self serving, without a doubt, but I applaud him for trying.

Also, while I am out here, did you all catch the nightmare of a race for nascar this weekend, it seems to me they should have atleast said ok, we are going to restart the race, knowing that we cannot get it all ran, so we will run for X amount of time, or this many laps, whichever comes first. As upset as many of you are about TG, and his running of the series, can you relly see him making the same mistake they made, and allowing the car that came in 4th to win the race?....

“Waiting to inhale”

Since: Feb 07

Chicago

#26 Oct 2, 2007
Unfortunately there's not much left to merge with...
Get Down with Sartre wrote:
As much of a buffoon as I find Tony George to be, and as much criticism as Tony deserves for crippling the growth of open wheel racing with his petulant and overly personal fight with Champ Car, this isn't such a bad idea.
HOWEVER, if the car counts don't improve, and we don't have a race winner from outside the Top 3 teams, then it's seriously time to do the merger and end this nonsense.

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