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September 24, 2010

Former Indy Car Venue Could Use a Modern-Day Tony Hulman

Filed under: The Disciple Blogs — Disciple of INDYCAR @ 12:35 am

The current condition of the quaint little Speedway in Nazareth PA is deplorable. It harkens back to IMS in 1945. WWII did a number on IMS. The France family and their contemptible ISC business is destroying almost as many race tracks as Hitler destroyed European cities. What purpose is served?

ISC has pulled this stunt at two tracks that are near and dear to the hearts of racing fans. They buy them, clear cut the physical plant of any goodies they feel best deployed elsewhere, then sell them with contract language that prohibits any future use for big time racing. As a result, Pikes Peak and Nazareth are two that are off limits. Pikes Peak is actually still in great shape. The pictures of Nazareth on today’s blog were taken by someone named Winston and were published on a racing oriented forum. They are very traumatic to look at.

What Nazareth needs is a reincarnated Tony Hulman to rescue the place. He also needs to bring a lawyer who can loophole a way around the ridiculous, anti-fan terms upon which ISC burdens the racing community. That track has a legacy that parallels in many ways the Milwaukee Mile. Nazareth is a unique track that has played host to many great Indy Car events over the years.

Would it not be great for the Andretti family to step in? It is doubtful they will. Someone should. That track deserves a life. On the other hand, so do Pikes Peak, Memphis Motorsports Park and others. It is hard enough to maintain an adequate oval count for Indy Cars, particularly when the really unique ones are shelved for selfish reasons.

ISC becomes more reprehensible by the day. Many of their business practices are downright sleazy.



  1. Mark it down dude, this may be the only time we’re in agreement across the board.

    Comment by The American Mutt — September 24, 2010 @ 2:27 am | Reply

  2. I did drive by Pikes Peak a Month ago, the main grandstands are all thats left as far as seating, the alumium stands to the left and righ of the main stands have been removed, the track looked good, could seat maybe 15,000 in what’s left.

    Comment by rosco — September 24, 2010 @ 4:55 am | Reply

  3. Agreed D. Paging SMI, Andretti, Randy Benard, etc……

    Comment by M. Miller — September 24, 2010 @ 12:18 pm | Reply

  4. 100% Spot ON. Nazareth was a great track. If I remember right, the Indy Cars used to race at Pocono and Trenton in that area as well; seems to me there might be a fan base there that could be tapped again. I’m not an expert at contract law, but wouldn’t the clause in the sales contract by ISC only apply to the person who buys the track FROM ISC? I can’t see how any future sales would be affected by someone that would no longer would be a party to the sale. Like if I sold you a Dallara chassis; I could write it into the contract that you couldn’t race it. I don’t think I would be able to direct its use by whoever you sold it to.

    As for Nazareth needing a new Tony Hulman, I wholeheartedly agree. Maybe the Andrettis would step up; although Mario seems to be happy running his winery, and Michael seems to be doing fine destroying Andretti Autosport. Here’s a wild name for you…

    Tony Hulman…George. Yes. TG. All past bashing aside, when he just ran IMS and stayed out of team ownership and the IRL, he was pretty good at what he did. He did create NASCAR’s second biggest race. He brought F1 and MotoGP to the speedway, and accomplished all the upgrades and renovations needed to do so. And I’m pretty sure, thanks to Mari and the rest of the family, he’s got some spare time on his hands.

    Comment by Steven Kornya — September 24, 2010 @ 1:27 pm | Reply

  5. Dear Defender:

    I agree with all of your comments regarding ISC and its slash and burn business model…too bad the series cannot find its way back to Northeast ovals… what ever happened to ISC building a track on Staten Island? It probably would not have mattered since the France family would have excluded us anyway.

    Comment by Neil Rubin — September 24, 2010 @ 9:14 pm | Reply

  6. Dear Defender:

    Here’s another reason why scheduling the season finale down here in Miami was poorly though out…the weather forecast for Friday and Saturday calls for rain chances above 50%, highs in the upper 80’s and humidity levels hear 80%…Vegas, here we come in October 2011!!!

    Comment by Neil Rubin — September 27, 2010 @ 2:30 pm | Reply

  7. After renovations to Pocono, the triangle is a better solution for PA/NJ “oval” fans. Pocono has a catch fence all the way around and safer barriers. They just need fresh black top. That is a far cry from what Nazareth needs. I loved Nazareth, but sadly our friend has been terminated. Just remember who did it!

    Comment by Spike Rogan — April 1, 2011 @ 6:07 am | Reply

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