Up to that point, this is ultimately the biggest point of contention for everyone on both sides of the debate over the 2019 package: no one is having the same conversation with each other, creating the toxic environment in which everyone currently resides .
NASCAR hails the broadcast of statistics every week as proof that the formula of high downforce and low power is directionally solid. Its detractors point to the loss of traditional racing features such as acceleration control, drivability and tire management.
The driver's council dissolved after most of its members claimed they thought NASCAR was not listening.
This package debate is not going anywhere on a weekly basis because one side is overcoming the virtues of entertainment while the other is lamenting the loss of sporting integrity. There is no middle ground with this formula, for one was sacrificed in exchange for the other.
And there's undoubtedly a market for both, which means that one side will run out when the NASCAR Gen-7 race car is launched in 2021.
NASCAR officials are in an ungrateful and enviable position these days.
They spent so much time trying to secure a four-step championship each season, green flag racing shootings and pack-races across the field that reaches a point where the fan base becomes insatiable.
In the lawsuit, NASCAR has lost its identity and is struggling to meet in 2019. This breeds discontent from every corner of the industry and threatens to destroy it in the coming years.
Ask the Indy car community how this story ends.
That is why this weekly narrative should not be taken lightly. It is not sustainable.
If those who work at the highest level are not having fun, how should fans find joy every week?