Disciple of INDYCAR Weblog

July 27, 2011

Racing Weekend: No Indy Cars But NASCAR Invades IMS

Filed under: The Disciple Blogs — Disciple of INDYCAR @ 12:01 pm

There is a lot of great news about Indy Car that is noteworthy. Ratings for the Edmonton temporary circuit event went up, and that continues a trend that began in earnest two years ago. Predictably, there are obsessed critics whining because they are not high enough and as a result, they shriek, the end is near.  Never mind they have not been correct with any such prediction for sixteen years.

NASCAR invades the Indianapolis Motor Speedway this weekend for the Brickyard 400. The vociferous critics do not seem to mind that the 400 no longer even half fills the joint or that drastic measures are being taken to pump it up. In my mind, two things would help:

-Shade (it is hot that time of the year)

-Faster cars (compared to Indy Cars, racing speed looks like May yellow flag speed)

The IZOD Indy Car Series continues making a splash in NASCAR country. One of the best new events in the history of Indy Car was added a couple of years ago when George Barber’s nifty road course outside Birmingham became a permanent part of the schedule. It drew thousands to pre-season testing, and over 50,000 show up every race day. Many of the attendees are curious NASCAR fans used to Talladega who were curious about the Indy Cars.

The Alabama Tourism Department this week named the Honda Indy Grand Prix 2011 Alabama Event of the Year.

As an attendee of all the Indy Car events at Barber thus far I can vouch for the diversity of attendees, enthusiasm of those at the park, and the quality of the event. That is a nice honor. Congratulations to Indy Car.

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1 Comment »

  1. Congratulations to Barber! Maybe I’ll make it there someday…

    Comment by Bill — July 28, 2011 @ 4:14 am | Reply


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