I like order. My thoughts (as you will ascertain) aren't very ordered which is why I enjoy it so much when things require little effort to makes sense or fall into place when they were heretofore previously a giant CF.
Imagine my natural mix of fascination and horror when, just as the possibility of some sort of combined formulae for international GT looked like it might appear, the Tudors United Against York Sports Car Series reared its ugly Frenchian/Sprint Cup head. I cried a bit as I tried to unravel the classes in my tiny brain.
I also like competition, especially competition with meaning.
Naturally, knowing that 9 of the soon-to-be past 14 Drivers Championships in F1 have been won by 2 men demonstrating a level of complete mastery of craft and boredom of racing not seen since Fangio romped the Grand Prix field, I did not cry but instead simply stopped watching the races live and would just pull up the highlights online. And we don't even need to talk about Seb Loeb and the "World" Rally Championship of the Holy Roman Empire + Places the Vikings Used to Hang Out.
I know I am not preaching to the choir. Lots of people enjoy the intricacies of learning the periodic table of modern sports car racing and having to buy only one hat with "Sebastian" written on it in nondescript Red Bull-esque font which they can wear while enthralled by middle-packers stuck behind back-markers and/or Minis plowing ever so gently into trees while trying to get some level of attention from the TV cameras so that their sponsors don't pull all support before the end of the season (which incidentally is now mandated by the FIA to be determined 3/4 of the way through the designated schedule for any racing series of note). And lots of folks also like NASCAR; a lot less like Indy.
What I'm marginally coherently getting to is this: racing could use a little less.
In the grand scheme of "the world," racing is its own special thing; like any sport, it has fanatics, casual viewers, and then a bunch of people every stakeholder hopes would be interested but may never be. Yet it needs to appeal to ALL groups lest it become far too niche to even maintain its existing foothold in the ever growing realm of digital media where attention spans are short and porn is only clicks away.
To battle the porn and ADHD, racing must be a) simple for fans to follow and b) marketable enough for manufacturers to be involved and then want to crow about it at the top of their lungs. It then follows that we would need to do some trimming.
The future of racing is three series made up of the best and most marketable cars/races from around the world. Additional "feeder" series for each would also be available within each of the prime markets (i.e. Indy, Formula Nippon, Formula 3 all become regional feeders to F1 albeit with some changes to make them the same spec). Soooooo....
- Open Wheel
- Best tracks/events traditionally connected to open wheel racing (Indy 500, Monaco, etc.) spread more evenly throughout the globe, race lengths based on event/conditions
- Revolving collection of additional tracks/street courses rotate in with long term contracts for the former (if newly built)
- Production car and truck based (see if we can't get some additional participation...Dacia anyone?)
- Includes endurance off/on road racing classics (Paris-Dakar, Baja, Mille Miglia, Pikes Peak), rally cross, and WRC (Finland, Acropolis) events
- All teams may take part regardless of tradition
- Revolving collection of additional courses rotate in
Sports Car Racing
- Production car based (sorry prototypes, stock cars, and DPs)
- Includes endurance racing (Le Mans, N24, Daytona 500) and sprint racing tracks/events
- Revolving blah blah blah
Certain series would have to dissolve (that IS the point and all), but with less series to be involved in the amount of marketing and R&D funding would be more direct (allowing for better trickle down to road vehicles), the attention of fans could be more focused (ex: instead of 100 professional drivers for the myriad Corvette racing teams, you would have maybe 12-16 at the top tier), and the TV contracts could be more effective with higher visibility/benefit for manufacturers who want to draw ties between prowess on the track and the cars you can buy.
Doing some exceptionally fuzzy math, this is worth trillions to manufacturers and, more importantly, peace of mind to me. It needs to happen. Like yesterday.