Eric: The further development of the new car would be first, my continuing concern about pack racing second, trying to figure out what the heck the Bud Shootout or whatever is called now works third, and Danica and Stenhouse 490th.
Debi: I definitely want to see the car in race form. We've see it at testing, but in race trim, under race conditions, we all know the circumstances change. It appears the two car tango is gone (thank God) and we will have pack racing again, which can be entertaining, IF we get some decent coverage on TV. The problem is that they seem to show too many looooooong shots to get a lot of the cars in the shot. From far away you just don't see how dicey it can be. If FOX can give us some great on track racing shots we do get to see how close the racing is. Everyone says it is boring, but try being a driver, in that car. Show us more of that and we will be entertained, I guarantee it.
Jen: I am curious about the changes to the cars. It is now called the "Sprint Unlimited"....Nascar is trying to get the fans more involved (ugh) and I say that because I know there is going to be some stupidity. Nascar should of left it alone.
Scott: Outside of what Eric has said...minus Danica and Ricky....I'm interested in seeing how Matt Kenseth copes with his new ride and how Kevin Harvick fares in what could be his last year with RCR.
Debi: It is definitely Kevin's last year at RCR. It has also been confirmed that he will be with Stewart-Haas Racing in 2014. I think he will be left out of the mix somewhat at RCR
Finally (for this week), is there any other more "under the radar" news that you would like to discuss?
Eric: Indianapolis Motor Speedway for the first time is asking for government money, specifically $100 million of current state taxes to pay for improvements, which many are speculating mean lights. I'm very much against the use of public money for sports facilities, and I always admired IMS for never taking any public money, and building such a gorgeous place (albeit one showing its age) without it. It's not surprising given the way things are run now at IMS, but it's still saddening to see.
Debi: I'm torn in the IMS thing, because I believe lights would be a huge benefit to the speedway, but I agree that it is very sad they are having to appeal to the taxpayers to do so.
Eric: Debi, yeah, NHRA is always a good show on Sunday nights. The one negative is Paul Page won't be commentating anymore, and in fact is currently out of a job anywhere in racing.
Jen, I doubt ticket prices would be cut (although I think prices for the 500 are reasonable). All the rumors are is that IMS wants lights for the Brickyard 400. I'm pretty agnostic about it. It could be nice if there's rain in the afternoon on 500 day. What I don't want is a night start for the 500.
Thanks guys for your input, and thanks to all of you for reading. What are your thoughts as the 2013 racing season gets set to begin in earnest. See you next week for another edition of Start Your Engines.