A Tale of Two Championships

Nascar’s Chase for the Championship kicked off with a bang as the wildly popular “old man” of racing Mark Martin started off the 10 race run to the title with a win at New Hampshire. A national TV audience on ABC got to watch the event which started at 2PM ET.

The IndyCar series was at Twin Ring Motegi in Japan running their next to last race of the season.  Scott Dixon dominated and put himself in position to win the season crown with a fifteen point lead on Ganassi Racing teammate Dario Franchitti and 18 points up on Penske Racing’s Ryan Briscoe.  This race, which was run in the middle of the night east coast time was seen by six people that can actually get Versus.

Nascar is running race two of their Chase this weekend at Dover, Delaware.  IndyCar doesn’t’ have its next race, its season finale until October 10th..3 WEEKS FROM NOW!

Anyone notice anything there?  Nascar is dominating because of regularity and that their races can actually be seen on television.  IndyCar is losing because everyone forgets they are even racing and they are on a “network” that is big on bull riding!

Oh, I also forgot to mention that Versus (owned by cable giant Comcast) is in a fee dispute with DirecTV.  This makes reception of the Versus IndyCar broadcast even more impossible to find.  Of course the IRL is all for the Versus side in this matter. Read IndyCar press release

While Nascar has been having a slip in their TV ratings, IndyCar would just like to have the viewers that watch the commercials during a Nascar race.

I have had a big problem trying to figure out why the IndyCar big wigs have this arrogant attitude when they are on the verge of going out of business? Nascar has an attitude also but they aren’t facing extinction.

I will make you a bet right now.  More people by far will watch the Nascar Nationwide race from California than watches the IndyCar season-ender at Homestead-Miami Speedway on October 10th.  Both start at exactly the same time (brilliant work IndyCar) at 4PM ET. One race is to crown a series champion, the other just another race in a very long season. Sad isn’t it.


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