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Dirt Maniac

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posted December 19, 2005 07:37 AM  
I'll post this on this forum and the modified forum. The link came from another forum and after I read it, I must admit that I didn't think people like this really existed. Take the time to read it and please note that his email address is at the bottom of the article. He sounds educated, but man what an a$$.


[This message has been edited by UFnARacing (edited December 19, 2005).]

Dirt Forum Racer

Total posts: 97
posted December 19, 2005 09:07 AM  
A billion plus industry, and this idiot would rather people sit at their homes, and twiddle their thumbs. He speaks of racing as something sedentary, but how would he explain those who watch tv. To attack motorsports with that idea is an absolute oxymoron. If he would burn his own energy on more pressing political issues, maybe he would have a different light of the blue collar workers that work their butts to the bone, and have racing as a means to enjoy the fruits of their labors. Racing is a sport, it is however a very large industry, and is growing. Without the exposure of racing cars, etc for companies, there would be fluctuations in the economy. Everything is bound together in some circle, and to limit it will it will have effects and not only the economy, but everyday american life. Fat cats in Washington D.C., are busy enjoying themselves at the expense of the taxpayer, but this moron would rather go an attack of an industry that affords so many people entertainment, and in lot of cases a means of living. He is attacking the blue collar worker and their ways of life. If I want to sit on my **** , and eat a chili dog, that's my right, if I want to slam a beer down instead of sipping it, that's my right, If I want to watch, or be part of racing, or make a living being involved in the industry of racing, that's my right. To email him would only give him strength, and the knowledge that he is better. It gives him an audience. He is but a grain of sand on the ground, and such should be given the same respect as he bestows on all of the people that are involved in racing.

Dirt Full Roller

Total posts: 74
posted December 19, 2005 09:25 AM  
I read Mr.Rueter's very opinionated article. Typical views by someone who obviously has ZERO interst in anything automotive related.

It seems as though he holds it against Indiana's Govenor that he's an "avid motorcyclist". He bashes racing, motorcycling, hot rodding and "boom" cars all in one sentence claiming that Indiania is overrun with noisy vehicles. He blames racing for increasing hearing loss, incivility and obesity. Ah, but he also mentions the economic impact of racing. He claims Indiana has 8,800 full time employees working at some 400 race related firms. I wonder if the families of those 8,800 workers think motosports are important? As for "incivility". How many of the kids and young adults that are involved in racing do you think would be on the streets getting into trouble if they weren't focusing their energy towards racing?

Mr Rueter did make the effort to visit a speedway to observe for himself, but he came away only seeing the negative aspects. He thinks the aggressive driving on the track encourages likewise behavior on the streets. What about video games? They actually put young impressionable kids into highspeed cars in a street setting. What example does that set? At least at the races, kids can see for themselves that risky driving often results in scary circumstances AND a minimum of hefty repair bills!

As for the eating and smoking habits of racing fans, I wonder if Mr. Rueter visited a Football game, or Hockey, or Baseball would he encounter fans eating unhealthy food or smoking? No one can force people to be healthy. Granted there may be a larger percentage of unhealthy people attending an auto race than there is on a golf course, but that is one of the unique things about auto racing, anyone can be involved either as a fan, official, crew member, driver, owner, etc.. there are no huge physical demands that keep certain individuals out of the sport.

I commend Indiana for taking steps to encourage racing development. For many, many years most states have subsidised the construction and operation of stadiums to host other sports, why should auto racing always fight an uphill battle?

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Dirt Forum Racer

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posted December 19, 2005 01:22 PM  
Is that guy for real? Seriously, I can't even beging to understand where he comes up with some of that ####.

Dirt Forum Champ
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posted December 19, 2005 02:47 PM  
just another left-wing idiot...

Dirt Forum Champ
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posted December 19, 2005 06:26 PM  
This article needs to be printed on flyers and posted and handed out @ every track in Indania. I don't think he would be relected. FREEDOM OF THE PRESS we can't deny him that.

Mom always said: let people think you an idot rather than open your mouth and remove all doubt

Dirt Full Roller

Total posts: 74
posted December 19, 2005 07:06 PM  
Thankfully this guy isn't an elected official. He's just an Assistant Professor of Political Science. But he's taken the initiative to have his thoughts published in an editorial format. So, he's found an audience to preach to. Nothing is stopping those people with pro-racing agendas from submitting articles for editorials that praise the virtues of motosports. Some might even get published if they are written well enough for a paper to not be ashamed to print it.

oceanridge motorsports
Dirt Full Roller

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posted December 21, 2005 10:17 PM  
Failing to see the forest because all those darn tree's are in the way . Academia , were do I sign up for that sheltered life ? He just can't stand it when the noisey , smelly , dirty , real world intrudes into his rose colored fantasy land . Most people leave college and move on after four years .This is why tenure should be outlawed .

Dirt Roller

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posted December 22, 2005 03:08 AM  
Rueter sounds like the the typical hybid driving liberal, and as far as Mr. Daniels, I want to move to Indiana!

neil rucker
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posted December 22, 2005 07:38 PM  
take away every modern convenence such as roads, current tire technology, suspension and steering improvements, etc that can be directly atributed to what the engineers mined or have stolen from racers, and the automotive industry would be 40 years behind the rest of the civilized world. this idiot obviously never thought about it that way, and or is to selfish to care about anyone but him self. im glad i ate BEFORE i read it. i couldn't now!

Normal Sullivan
Dirt Forum Racer

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posted December 22, 2005 11:39 PM  
Bright side: at least we won't be running into this particular idiot at the track....


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