This is the Statt Mann Baby. Time to Scatt a little bit.

I was hoping the IndyCar race at the Thermal Club track would show me more. I like IndyCar and its potential. But the race on Sunday was confusing and elementary.

INDYCAR LogoOverlook the racing. That’s about format, competition and weather.

But format, competition, and weather wouldn’t help IndyCar at Thermal. That track was built for sportsmen in 100 mile an hour Corvettes, Porsches, and egos. Not 200 mile an hour race cars with professional drivers whipping them into a three-wide frenzy.

In the NASCAR race they called it “Dive Bomb City.” A professional racetrack should have high speed sections into slow, challenging turns where braking will allow for passing and racing. Thermal is designed for something different. And it’s probably good at it.

There was talk of an IndyCar points race at the facility one day. Let’s hope someone recycles that idea. That was boring at 20 laps. Imagine 100 laps of that parade?

Eventually they’ll remember that fan engagement makes IndyCar, not boring televised parades.