By David G. Firestone
Well, my 2019 summer vacation is officially over. I had a lot of fun over summer break. I didn’t really do much. I did watch a lot of racing, as usual. I worked on a series of projects, and I went to a wedding.
Watching racing is always fun! I enjoy taking my weekends and just lying on my couch, and watching NASCAR, NHRA, IndyCar, F1, IMSA, Formula E, or whatever else is going on. Many times while I’m watching, I do some website work, but just not having to do that is so much better.
The racing this summer was great. Though I do have a couple bones to pick. I’ll start with the NHRA. Stop trying to reinvent the wheel with your telecasts! I want to watch Top Fuel, Funny Car, Pro Stock, and Pro Stock Motorcycle. I don’t want to watch the nitro categories in one live telecast, and the rest tape delayed until later in the evening. Also, could you bring Pro Stock back for the entire season? The fans want it.
Now on to IndyCar. At the the time of this writing, the Mid-Ohio television ratings have not been released. But if there is an improvement, you can bet that IndyCar will brag about them on their website. I get that you want your ratings up. I get that you are happy when the ratings go up. But bragging about your ratings makes you look desperate. First off, compared to other forms of racing, your television ratings are still bad. Second, these “improvements” in these ratings aren’t as great. If ratings are up across the board, stating that your ratings are improving isn’t that much as you think it is.
My only complaint was that this wedding took place in the midst of the July heatwave, so we all had to wear suits in 98 degree weather. The humidity didn’t help at all. Still, we had a great time. Matt, Josh and I also hung out, and spent a long time playing cards. It was great seeing the guys again.
I also spend time making review videos. I made several sampling videos, including cider,
a series of beer,
and Turkish delight.
In the end, all good things come to an end, including my vacation, so starting now, things will be back to normal.
Next week, I revisit the concept of “Phantom Sponsorships.”