Jul 11, 2005
How Much is Too Much?By JR Nerad
You won't find a bigger advocate for the racing fan than this column. We have gone on record innumerable times citing how race fans have been abused by high ticket prices, crummy concessions, deplorable conditions and overall neglect. And we have waxed at length about the farce that was the 2005 U.S. Grand Prix, an event that put a stain on America's most hallowed racing venue. But when lawyers claim that racing fans who attended that travesty of a race should receive reimbursement of travel expenses in addition to the ticket refunds and 2006 U.S. Grand Prix tickets already offered by Michelin, we have to say that they've gone too far.
So we can certainly see why racing fans were incensed, because we were incensed. Despite our frequently snide comments about F1 racing, it is one hell of a great show. The technical sophistication of the race cars is mind-boggling, making the typical NASCAR racer look like a tractor in comparison. But Formula One can't think it can waltz into Indianapolis, serve up a six-car serving of foolishness and expect the American race fan to sit still for it.
That being said, it is our opinion that the lawyers for the race fans are demanding too much when they continue to insist that Michelin, F1 and the race teams that withdrew from the Grand Prix owe them traveling expenses and other considerations. Certainly, what they saw was not a typical F1 race, and certainly there was disappointment in not being able to watch the teams using Michelin tires compete, but there was a race, and as the years go by, the 2005 U.S. Grand Prix will remain one of the most memorable races they will ever see.
And of course, who can undervalue the chance to spend a weekend in Indianapolis?
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