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July 21, 2010

Indy Racing Stays North as the NASCAR Nation Invades Indy

Filed under: The Disciple Blogs — Disciple of INDYCAR @ 10:54 am

The Hoosier State welcomes the fine folks from NASCAR this weekend for the annual Brickyard 400. That is always a fun time. It could be a bit more troubling for both those now carefully counting each bean at IMS and for NASCAR in terms of attendance.

At each NASCAR race the past few seasons more and more seats remain empty. They may be lucky to fill IMS halfway up which would still be NASCAR’s largest crowd of the season, but might look bad on television. That usually matters to such folks way more than fan experiences. I would imagine there are still a few idiots who will howl that lack of butts in seats is somehow related to Tony George. Whatever. With NASCAR, it’s all about the experience. The weak economy has affected all sports and entertainment options.

A small gang of acquaintances and I have decided to attend after missing many years. It is a great opportunity to see the ‘stock’ car stars on the world’s greatest track on the cheap. Their core fans are some of the most loyal anywhere and most are great folks. The wide variety of seating available will give us a chance to try some new vantage points at the opposite end of the track from where we normally plop. Tickets are plentiful and cheap, so if you are in the neighborhood BUY SOME. We’ll see you there. Go to the museum too.

The Indy Cars will be north of the border in Edmonton racing on airport runways. At least there is room to pass on that type of temporary, bumpy course.

If the weather holds this should be a really good weekend for racing fans all over North America.


  1. I was an Indy 500 season ticket holder when the Brickyard 400 was introduced in 1994. Because of that I was offered seats before the general public. I have great seats right across from Gasoline Alley. So good, I couldn’t give them up no matter how much Nascar does to irritate me.

    That was my introduction to Nascar after over twenty years of being an Indy car fan. I have to admit I have enjoyed Nascar very much although, like Indy car, they have some issues. I tend to support the ex-open wheel drivers in Nascar such as Tony Stewart and Jeff Gordon.

    I can still remember being at Indy on Pole day in 1991 when Jeff Gordon was there looking for a ride. He was even interviewed over the public address system that day. Not signing Gordon was one of the first signs that Indy car had some serious issues.

    Comment by Bob F. — July 21, 2010 @ 12:42 pm | Reply

  2. Due to the tight flat corners, the BY 400 shows who the best drivers in NASCAR are. Although you can’t see all of the track, there is a strong chance you’ll find out the series champion for this year.

    Comment by M. Miller — July 21, 2010 @ 12:49 pm | Reply

  3. I don’t understand why Indycar has to run a race this week, becuase a lot of the IMS staff/Indycar journalists, like Cavin and Kevin Lee, are stuck in Indy and can’t even go to Edmonton!

    Comment by dylanpt24 — July 21, 2010 @ 3:58 pm | Reply

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