Because of the insanely early broadcast time and the fact that I forgot to PVR it, I didn’t watch the Australian Grand Prix. Then, last Monday all I saw on my various social media streams were complaints of penis nosed cars that sounded like pregnant lawn equipment. Oh, there were also discussions about a Red Bull F1 driver I have never heard of who was disqualified for some technical infraction that sounded like it was at least partly the FIA’s fault. Sounded like I wasn’t missing anything.
I did however watch the excellent internet feed from Sebring, where the IMSA folks seemed to finally figure out how to properly broadcast a race online. I got to watch some monumental incidents that were caused by pay-to-play drivers with limited talent that damn near killed a couple of pros. I did have to get out of the house for a while, so I missed the incidents that led up to IMSA race control’s colossal blunder. In case you missed it, IMSA assessed an 80 second stop and go penalty for avoidable contact to a car that was nowhere near the incident in question. The penalty most likely caused a dramatic change to the podium at the end of the day. This marked two events in a row where IMSA officials had made major gaffs that affected the outcome of the competition.
There have been many articles around the web in the past week, as journalists share their observations and opinions about both disasters. There have been some conspiracy theories and more than a few suggestions that an IMSA spin-off series could be in the works. Some teams are said to be looking at the possibility of making a switch to Indycar or NASCAR.
The one assessment that makes more sense than any of them comes from Leo Parente at /SHAKEDOWN.
All I see are two premiere professional sports, executing the equivalent of putting their respective dicks on the table and then pounding the hell out of them with their own rule book, like Bobby Flay prepares veal piccata.”
I mean come on, how can you not love a guy that drops this sort of juvenile culinary comparison to his assessment of an already absurd situation. It isn’t all fun and games though, as Parente goes on to tell it like it is and tells series organizers just what they need to do to fix their mess. Leo’s comments are spot on.
Source: /DRIVE via YouTube