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May 2017 Magic - Pulling a Rabbit out of the Hat...Again!

The 2018 Indycar series appears to be heading into a new racing year looking for ways to answer all the questions that surround the series. And there are a lot of questions, maybe more than ever, such is the state of the sport.

Probably the two biggest issues facing the series are a new TV/Media contract as their current deal with ABC and NBC Sports is over at the end of this year and who if anyone will be the next series title sponsor. Verizon will be gone at the end of the year.

What seems to be the problem with getting these deals done, this is a successful series that gets paid north of 2 million for everything, right? If you listen to what remains of Indycar fans this should be no problem. The series has said they are looking for $30 Million. Keep looking. Verizon paid $10 Mil and they are leaving.

Another big question; Indycar doesn't appear to be attracting younger fans, the ones a title sponsor and a media partner will want. Even the biggest race, the Indy 500 sees falling attendance.

Remember how everything was going to change once the sport was unified and back under the control of IMS and the Hulmans? Back under their control means back facing many of the questions that have always surrounded the racing series they operate.

Those looking forward to a new year will be even older and making it out to the track less and less. But if and when they get there, they can see the same old cars in a new CART-like body kit. And then they can question if it was worth it.

A Tribute to Cam Gibbons

The Aussie Race Fan of American Openwheel Racing...would tell you what he liked and what he didn’t in that very special Aussie way.

This forum is dedicated to the memory of Cameron “Smacked” Gibbons. Cam, who went by the forum handle “Smacked” and had the Clash/Joe Strummer album cover avatar was one of the originators of a racing forum named SMACKForum that was opened for business back in 2007.

Cam unfortunately had a life fight with cancer that sadly took him from us late in 2011. Since the original SMACKforum was controlled by Cam there was no way to gain control of the forum site and web addressing.

Early this year, a group of SMACKforum members decided to start up another forum based on some of the same sensibilities that made “Cam’s place” home for many a disgruntled American Open Wheel racing fan. It was only natural that the new forum be named in some way for Cam, so why not make SMACKforum SMACKEDforum to keep both a lineage and a nod to Cam’s nickname of Smacked.

Cam this place is for you! And, we know you would tell all us to go fuck ourselves...some more than others. We miss you!

Read some more about Cam Gibbons, written by two SMACKEDforum
members who knew him well.
The Sordid History of SMACKforum
The Sordid History of SMACKforum