Disciple of INDYCAR Weblog

December 10, 2009

There are Racing Stories That Dominate and Some That Should

Filed under: The Disciple Blogs — Disciple of INDYCAR @ 2:14 am

I am about half sick of the two sports stories dominating the sports world for the most part:

1. Danica Patrick deciding to try and run a handful of races on NASCAR’s junior varsity team (and one on the freshmen squad), but seeing the NASCAR nation treat it with the same level of enthusiasm Christians would for the second coming of JHC.

2. Speculation and stalking of shapely, occasionally surgically enhanced females who are suspected of moral turpitude along with pro golfer (and suspected horndog) Tiger Woods. Specifically, he evidently used wood and drivers to try and shoot his balls into holes, but not on a golf course. I personally cannot find much unattractive about his blond wife; perhaps after the I do’s she began refusing certain acts pleasing to Tiger that he could just as satisfyingly receive by equally attractive others. Who really cares?

As a racing fan, I am primarily interested in the present and continuing fortune of IndyCar. More specifically, on ovals. In that spirit, there is actually news no one is reporting, probably because it does not pander to a sleazeball side.

Speaking of sleazy, I have long believed the vast majority of ‘temporary’ circuits are money losing failures except for racing sanctioning entities who get paid no matter what. Racing fans in Canada are among the most enthusiastic anywhere, and usually turn out in droves. It has been a long term belief (and oft stated) that they really ought to build a real track near a population center (80% hug the U.S. border).

Turns out someone actually is. http://www.cdnmotorspeedway.com/

It appears credible for many reasons, not the least of which the involvement of Jeff Gordon. A multi-use facility is what is planned, including:

-a one-mile D-oval with decent banking (looks like Pikes Peak) designed by Jeff Gordon

-a road course that will twist 2.6 miles and be approved by the FIA

-Seating for up to 100K along with the requisite high roller suites and lots of ‘club’ seats

Its location will be within spitting distance of Niagara Falls about two miles from the border. Fort Erie, Ontario.

This is fabulous news. Hopefully someone smart and in charge will put the IndyCars on the oval. Good news in the off season is always a high point of our day.

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1 Comment »

  1. The Canadian track looks like it could be a good addition, but it won’t be ready until 2011. There is still plenty of opportunity for the IRL to sort a race there – if it is sought, but seeing as how they’re using a shot of a Ganassi and a Penske in one of their rolling features, it’s possible that discussions are already taking place.
    For all we know, they might just be holding off announcing their schedule until the venue is completed..?

    Comment by Leigh O'Gorman — December 10, 2009 @ 11:05 pm | Reply


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