Disciple of INDYCAR Weblog

January 25, 2009


Filed under: The Disciple Blogs — Disciple of INDYCAR @ 1:59 am

Sorry for the lag this week; it has been unusual. The week began with a day off for MLK day followed by the inauguration of our first really mixed race President. A little over a year ago I made a deal with my teenage son that if he got a meaningful (with bennies) job and enrolled in college that I would give him a blowout 21st birthday celebration in a domestic United States location of his choice.

He chose Las Vegas.

It has been a busy week. J I have to go to Vegas once a year for business, and every time I go it is different. This time, for pleasure, it was different again. There is literally nothing on one side of the strip from Circus Circus all the way down to Treasure Island. No more Frontier or Stardust or any of the other old-style strip casinos that dotted Las Vegas Boulevard at one time. New construction has slowed or stopped due to the crappy economy. Casinos are laying off. Construction projects are idle. While still relatively depraved, it has gotten depressing even there. He had a memorable 21st birthday, however!

I hope the Indy Car Series does not ever decide it would be a swell idea to race on any city street in Las Vegas. That would be pointless and lose millions like all of those unnatural abomination temporary circuit ‘races.’ Bruton’s big oval is ideal, and decent promotion of an IRL event there would be worthwhile.

Here is hoping I can catch up next week. Sorry for the delay. I’m going to sleep now.


1 Comment »

  1. I’m anxiously awaiting the start of the racing season to read your ‘from a fan’s perspective’ viewpoints laced with humor. Several topics dominating the start of the season may be ‘Helio: Dancing Behind Bars’ & ‘Where Are They Now’ staring 2008 IndyCar race winners Ryan Hunter-Reay & Justin Wilson. Due to the influx of temporary circuits the Indycar Series is contemplating using ‘Taking It To The Streets’ as the marketing platform. Bob Jenkins plays the role of Lazarus by resurrecting his television race broadcasting role on Versus this season with veteran open-wheel ‘know-it-all’ Jon Beekius at his side. For the first time in several seasons we don’t have any drivers defecting to NASBARF, and in fact have 2 drivers season coming (1 coming back) to IndyCar…Dario Franchitti and Stanton Barrett. Should be interesting, I can’t wait.

    Comment by indyracefan — January 25, 2009 @ 7:15 am | Reply

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