If you have no plans this weekend my suggestion is to head for Birmingham to watch Indy Cars take on the most beautiful natural terrain road course possibly anywhere. George Barber’s magnificent facility outside Leeds has become an annual stop for the Disciple crew. The track that has been crafted from the remains of a former strip mine is truly a thing of beauty. Any visit to the track is also not complete without a visit to the museum there. If you are a fan of racing on two wheels you will be in heaven. There is enough of everything there, however, to keep real racing fans occupied for hours.
Every year they try to make the experience a little better. It’s a relatively cheap weekend too with lots of dining and lodging options. On the narrow track you are not supposed to be able to pass easily, but the Indy Cars have traditionally made it a better show than people anticipate. If you are headed south we will see you there.
In other news, the uncomfortable reality that IndyCar leadership says one thing but continuously does another continued. News yesterday included the addition of yet another idiotic temporary street course race in Houston, an event that has already failed multiple times. It’s a five year deal with Shell sponsorship, Penske support and Randy Bernard load swallowing. The only way to make lemonade of this pile of lemons might be to craft a ‘Texas Three Step’ event in which Indy Cars would race on the streets of Houston, the Circuit of the Americas outside Austin, and at Texas Motor Speedway with a million dollar (or higher) bonus if you win all three. If brains were used and egos were set aside I would get Eddie Gossage on board to co-promote and make the Texas Motor Speedway event the highlight.
What will probably happen is Eddie will get completely alienated and we fans will lose the second best attended and most exciting race on the schedule over the politics. If that happens IndyCar will have completely failed to meet their responsibility to fans, and it will be time again for change at the top. Now is probably a good time to remind the puppet leadership about balance. It is not what Roger Penske believes it should be; i.e., 1/3 oval, 1/3 street and 1/3 road course. That is a 70/30 imbalance. Balance equals 50% oval and 50% non-oval. Period. Anything less is unacceptable. Get that through your thick heads.