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December 3, 2010

NASCAR Hall Of Fame: Pretty Cool. When Will Indy Car Get One?

Filed under: The Disciple Blogs — Disciple of INDYCAR @ 3:55 pm

Yours truly had nearly day-long business meetings in Charlotte yesterday, and between the time they ended and the time the plane left a good thought was stopping by the new (since May) NASCAR Hall of Fame in downtown Charlotte. So, emblazoned with my IMS Wings & Wheels tie, I ventured forth into the Hall.

I really liked it, but true to NASCAR they try to nickel and dime you to death all the way through. Want a picture with Jimmie Johnson’s car? They take it then hand you a card. Wave a flag to start a race? They take it and hand you a card. Want a picture changing a tire? They take it and hand you a card. There are lots of other of those opportunities, and by the time you’re done, they are willing to sell you the prints for just about the amount of money you would make in a month.

If you want to look at NASCAR history, however, this is a great place. Some of the old cars on display are fascinating. The actual hall of fame does not have too many members yet because they are just getting started. I think The King, Dale, Sr., Junior Johnson and both Bill Frances are enshrined, and their stories are compelling.

They do not shy away from the moonshining roots, either. . .although it is cloaked in the more human ‘they needed to feed their families’ backdrop.

Some of the artifacts from early NASCAR are worth the trip alone, and there are lots of hands on experiences, including some very realistic simulators. The price is a bit steep at 19.95 (I am used to going over to IMS and plunking down 3 bucks), but worth a few hours of any racing fans time. Every single one of the people working in there went out of their way to make sure my experience was enjoyable.

When I get back to Charlotte and am not wearing a suit, I am going to make a day of it. The folks who built it did a great job. I am wondering why Indy Car has not done that.

Idea file: GREAT IDEA FOR SPEEDWAY REDEVELOPMENT: How about an Indy Car Hall of Fame right there on Main Street?



  1. Great idea Defender, you should get the ball rolling on this project. We should have an initial 5 inducted like Nascar. The 5 I would select would be Tony George, A.J. Foyt, Buddy Lazier, Eddie Cheever, and Arie Luyenkyk.

    Editor’s Note: I would probably agree if a was, like, 14 years old…but having the benefit of almost half the history of the sport I would probably pick Tony Hulman, Wilbur Shaw, one or two of the ‘founding fathers’ and probably A.J. Foyt along with Mears or Al Unser. That would be a great first cross section.

    Comment by bjh — December 4, 2010 @ 11:39 am | Reply

  2. Probably won’t happen, Defender, at least, not for a LONG time. I think the current heads of IMS and IndyCar probably feel that the museum at the Speedway is tribute enough. It maybe is not enough anymore, although it’s still a great place to visit.

    Comment by DOUG — December 4, 2010 @ 3:54 pm | Reply

  3. arie should texas bitch slap aj back…right in the breadbasket….drop him like a fly and regurgitate a tenderloin or ten. that was bush league and i want a dang apology to clear the mans name.
    i would pay to go to that hall of fame if arie was in it. i would also like to see arie slam arnd meier into the wall for that little fontana stunt a few years back too. darn near killed him with that gestapo wall dive. chip knew who to turn to when he needed an experienced shoe. amen to that.
    i am telling you right now that arie luyendyk is the reason i still eat dominos pizza and it’s not because they redid their crust recipe and changed their sauce. it’s because i am an Arie fan and therefore i am a race fan. i shop for groceries, christmas, clothes, lawn and garden, pet fish and my health and beauty aids and prescription needs at mejier as well because of arie…….NOT danica(n’t win a race)! I can be found ordering tender loin chops from provimi occasionally as well. i am particulary fond of the demi glace – a perfect combination of reduced equal parts of Espagnole and brown stock which are then skimmmed until it has the consistency of light syrup. as rachel ray would say….” it’s delish!”

    and while we are talking about it, he has one smoking hot wife. just another nice accomplishment there that is hall of fame material in my book.

    now put the kid jr. in a lights car and prep him for a full time drive in indy.

    hall of fame for brother arie!

    don’t you tell me diiferent either defender.

    as a famous dutch saying goes: “A cock is valiant on his own dunghill.”

    Comment by DoubleDutchBus — December 6, 2010 @ 3:58 pm | Reply

  4. I think the current Speedway Museam redesign is enough, once they move it to the outside of the track in 2013. But, perhaps they can put a IndyCar Hall of Fame spin on one of the wings of the new location. Even then though I think it is a MUST that they keep the ticket prices below $5 a person. The current museum is the best value in motorsports history. Just $3 to enter, and another $2 to get a track tour. First class would be: Wilbur Shaw, AJ Foyt, Tony Hulman, Mauri Rose and AJ Watson.

    Comment by TJ — December 6, 2010 @ 5:51 pm | Reply

    • Wow, don’t know why I couldn’t spell museum.

      Comment by TJ — December 6, 2010 @ 5:52 pm | Reply

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