So just a quickly today before I go walk the dog: I came across this 4100-word TOME of a Q&A with IndyCar honcho Mark Miles by Marshall Pruett and SPEEDtv.com. Read it here. OMG. After just a third of it, I was breathing into a bag, and I had to rush to alert you.
Just one of the many statements from Miles that had me giddy:
I'm really excited about this work the consultants are doing and I'm not usually a very patient person but I think this process is long overdue and we need to get through this thinking before we reach any conclusions about who we need to do what.
Are. You. Shitting. Me? That's real business leader stuff there. That's not just asking five friends and two kids about what IndyCar should be and then just doing that. That's not just saying "this worked in the Pro Bull Riders Association so let's give that a shot here in IndyCar." And it's NOT saying "we don't have time to take a scientific, systematic approach here."
All I can say is ... hosanna.
IndyCar is a business. It's a big business. So thinking you can just walk in and toss around some wild ass stuff from the hip and make it up as you go is not the way to go. And saying "we don't have time for a systematic approach" is ... bullshit. Because, every single time, when we say we don't have time, we cry some ill-conceived crazy stuff -- because we have to do it right-effing-now -- and it fails. Then, two years later, we are in the same exact EMERGENCY SITUATION we were before, but have squandered two years that could have been invested in doing it right.
This scenario has played out so often in so many kinds of American business you'd think people would recognize that it NEVER WORKS to get in a huge hurry and just wing it. It's like heading east to get Indianapolis without knowing where you are at the start. Maybe you get lucky and get there, but more often than not you don't and you waste a lot of time and resources in the process of not getting there and finally get yourself a map.
So read the Q&A here and be encouraged. I am more encouraged about IndyCar's future than I have been in a very long time. As long as the board backs this methodical approach Miles at least says he's on, we're on the right track. Sure, as we all know things can change in a day in IndyCar, but here's hoping the board knows and supports a real business-like approach to improving IndyCar when it sees it.