It’s probably not a good idea to start a post with an apology, or an excuse. But in this case it’s probably necessary. Seems like this entire summer has consisted of  a series of events that kept me from writing here. When you’re young you have a vision of a quiet old age with little to do.  Perhaps sitting in front of a cozy fire in the armchair with a good book, and an adult beverage, while the trusted hound lies at your feet.

While it’s a comforting picture I suppose that time hasn’t arrived for me yet. Too many interests and things to do yet still only 24 hours in a day. So for the first and last time I apologize.

But a quick review, partial I am sure of what has happened this year.

In Formula One it looked like Red Bull’s dominance of the last several years was ended. McLaren and Lotus (formerly Renault) had cars that were noticeably faster than the Bull. At the same time Fernando Alonso was doing miracles with a Ferrari that was at best the  fourth fastest car on the grid.

Now  however it looks like Red Bull has found its edge again, Ferrari may still only be third fastest, and McLaren has lost its way. The prediction here is Red Bull all the way.

Indycar which I had hoped would make use of the out of the box talents of Randy Bernard to reclaim its glory has reverted to form. A palace coup by the owners has forced Bernard out in the past few days. Does anyone believe that the owners, who created the split of open wheel racing in this country, with disastrous results, can pull this one out? If so I hope you are right but I doubt it.

Panoz after years of trying to sell ALMS finally was able to sell it to another competing series, Grand AM aka Nascar secret twin. Its been no secret that Grand AM has been struggling in recent years to attract cars, other than those owned by the Nascar teams or associated manufacturers. ALMS on the other hand had a more diverse group and was heavily supported by international manufacturers. So what does this portend, that Nascar will try to impose its brand of “entertainment” marketing on road racing? Or, is this an attempt to stop the bleeding in Daytona?

Trans Am continues to limp along and I think this is a subject for another time.

Nascar is an interesting study. One looks at TV ratings which week after week are stagnant at best, attendance that continues a gradual decline. Yet they continue to make amazing amounts of money, so what is the real story there? Is it just a victim of an economy that continues to limp along? Or, as some have said, is it a sport that has lost relevance with its audience.

Vintage racing seems to be struggling as well. This would be the one area that I thought would not be impacted as much as it has been. SO like Nascar the question is why.

Anyway, during the coming weeks we intend to address these plus a lot of other stories.

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