Obsessed idiots critical of Indy Car and of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway continuously enjoy concocting ‘evidence’ that proves both are on the verge of imminent collapse, usually cloaked in a ‘Tony ruined everything’ theme. But what happens when economically unsupported entities are actually forced to end their existence?
That is precisely what is happening down south in Daytona. Former IMS boss Joie Chitwood is now in charge down there, and what did he announce this week? That Daytona International Speedway will close what has been billed as the ‘Official Attraction of NASCAR.’ It is called the Daytona 500 Experience, and it has been around since 1996. Next month, it closes. They are offering instead an extended tram tour of the facilities. There’s IMAX, several exhibits, cars and attractions inside 60,000 square feet. Now, those facilities will only be available for private events. People will also lose their jobs. Joie calls it ‘evolution.’ He says the research indicates people would rather tour the track.
Oddly, I do not read or hear any howling about any imminent collapse of either Daytona or NASCAR. Too bad, though. For ‘stock’ car fans, that was a fine place to spend a day.