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February 18, 2010

IZOD Indy Car Series: A Great Idea Near Talladega

Filed under: The Disciple Blogs — Disciple of INDYCAR @ 1:33 am

As those who have followed this meandering blog for any length of time know, I am a proponent of mostly oval racing. As pointless, idiotic street races keep getting added and fabulous ovals (like Richmond) are allowed to fail, I get increasingly surly about those who just let it happen. From the first moment IRL Indy Cars turned right in St. Pete a few years back it has been a slippery slope ever since.

Please do not misunderstand. Variety is great and essential. It is temporary circuits about which I have big problems. They rarely last and create a lot of ill will in the process. There is talk now that Houston might return with a street parade of their own. Given the sheer size of that important market, why in the world would they not build a proper track? NASCAR would be there in a heartbeat as well.

Every once in a while, a true gem of a non-oval will rise to the surface. Indy Cars ran tests at Barber Motorsports Park near Birmingham last spring, and thousands of people, myself included, showed up. George Barber and his staff have turned a strip mine into a showplace that continues to grow. It is a magnificent, beautiful place and the Defender contingent already has tickets for the inaugural Indy Car event in a couple of months. That is where the Indy Car folks are testing this week.

Do yourself a favor. Go. When they call that place the Augusta of motor sports, they are not really exaggerating. Plan on at least a day to tour the museum. It is unforgettable. See if they will allow you access to the lowest level. Bring a camera. This is one non-oval any Indy Car fan should really like, especially in person.

While you are in that area, there is a soft drink you should try. Buffalo Rock Ginger Ale has a spicy bite that will hit you a little after you have swallowed, and is a real hoot.

My favorite track for the rest of my life is IMS. But Barber has jumped into my top 5. Thank me later.

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4 Comments »

  1. Defender,

    Thank you for your kind comments about the Barber Motorsports Park. We are excited about the Indy Grand Prix of Alabama and are working hard to make it a great event.

    Best regards,

    Don Erwin
    Vice President, Corporate Development
    Barber Companies

    Comment by Don Erwin — February 18, 2010 @ 8:23 am | Reply

  2. Sooooooooo, you got your stretch of a ‘pat on the back’ from the fine folks at Barber…… Feel better now??? you can go back to sucking your thumb or whatever the suck du jour may be. Sure it’s a fine track, but a thumbsup from the mouthy D is a akin to Jeffrey Dahmer recommending a tender filet from St. Elmos with a load of Tabasco for flavor. Barber -the filet- stands on their own merit. They don’t need you. Maybe you can report later what you need? Free what? Admission? pit passes? suite buffet? a track dog? parking pass? what are you pimping for exactly? maybe just a lanyard???

    [Defender sayeth]”a spicy bite that will hit you a little after you have swallowed, and is a real hoot.”[/D]

    Sounds like the IRL these days. Are you perhaps describing the pissy temper tantrum inheritor boy’s appendage discharge? is drinking ginger ale like taking an ADDHD afflicted cart fan’s tongue in the ear at a race. you later wonder why?

    I would think that the fine folks marketing any racetrack would be appalled at the ‘league’ and what it has done to destroy open wheel racing. thanking you for the support is 1. needed because the level of interest is soooooo pathetic that they are worried sick that nobody will show up(especially given the well known fact that marlboro pulled all of their guaranteed ticket buys and the tracks have to make that huge chunk up on their own) and 2. analogous to thanking Josef Goebbels for sparing you, while he turns and takes out the entire family.

    Your laughable, non specific, personal attck , one line, weak, ‘got the last word in’, retorts to follow.

    Respectfully,

    Paul 🙂

    Comment by Paul von Hindenburg — February 18, 2010 @ 1:46 pm | Reply

    • The Hindenburg goes up in flames,, again!!!

      Way to look like a fool…

      Comment by Mike Miller — February 18, 2010 @ 8:15 pm | Reply

  3. Hello Don, I will be attending the Indycar event at Barber myself. I’ve heard nothing but praise about the entire facility, and will be making a long weekend out of it. Also, I’m guessing you are a reader of this forum. You’re certainly aware of the small but vocal illiterate few who post regularly here. Just ignore them.

    Comment by Real Fan — February 18, 2010 @ 5:19 pm | Reply


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