If the Indy Racing League is trying to drive away the few remaining fans it has left, airing races on ABC television is a good way to start. Why? Well, for starters, the race wasn’t even aired in the Jacksonville, FL market. You read that right; local stations instead opted to air paid infomercials during the race’s time slot. Maybe that’s not the network’s problem, but don’t you think they’d pay a little more attention to what their affiliates are doing? Are IRL ratings shares bad enough to opt for infomercials over network programming?
In any case, Scott Dixon won a game of follow the leader at the Kansas Speedway. Dixon quickly passed polesitter Ryan Briscoe (Team Penske) when the green flag waved, and never looked back. When the checkered flag dropped, the order was Dixon (Target Chip Ganassi Racing), Dario Franchitti (Target Chip Ganassi) and Tony Kanaan (Andretti Autosport) rounding out the podium spots.
Will Power, the IRL series points leader, had a less than stellar day. Power, who started from the 7th position, wound up one lap down after missing his marks during the initial pit stop. Despite his 12th place finish, Power retains a 26 point lead over second place Scott Dixon.
Next up for the IRL is the Indy 500, also (supposedly) televised on ABC. Here’s hoping my local ABC affiliate opts to air the race instead of and endless series of give-me-your-money infomercials.