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October 12, 2013

Indianapolis Motor Speedway Road Course: A Better Idea

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

Rode CoarseApologies again. I am still unable to advance beyond the notion that there will be a road ‘race’ inside the oval in May at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. That said, if it is inevitable I might as well lay back and enjoy it. Being a curmudgeon does not really do anything except scare folks away. Demographically I am too old for them to worry about anyway.

We need to accept the fact that despite a repeated track record of failure the folks now running the show are hellbent on turning the whole thing into a road racing racing series come hell or high water. The writing is on the wall. Leave it to IMS not to make really good lemonade out of the lemons. The existing road course was almost universally panned when Formula 1 spent eight years crapping where they ate. Arrogance in F-1? Imagine that. LOL. Ever since they left five years ago, despite tweaks to the circuit, the road course is still ridiculed. That does not matter to IMS. Some new pavement and a few less kinks and Mickey Mouse Coarsethey believe it will be good to go.

Now that they have started spending taxpayer money it is too late for the best idea of all. Had I decided to go down the ‘let’s see what happens if we try this mistake again’ road I would have though much bigger. IMS owns an increasing amount of the land in and around the track. In case you have not noticed much of the area outside control of the track has turned into a slum/ghetto/barrio depending on the location. Gentrification is warranted. What better way to kick start it than building a COTA-style track that incorporates some of the inside of the oval, but leaves the confines of it for most of the layout and includes a more imaginative spread, elevation changes, etc.? That would also spare the 43,000 or so television viewers camera shots of completely empty grandstands.

Too late now of course but what a golden opportunity. Blown.



  1. actually a great idea. a tunnel under the oval? elevation changes? longer track? that’s something that would bring eyeballs (& dollars) to IMS. while they’re at it, how about widening and improving streets between IMS, interstate, airport and downtown? And improving and updating and enlarging the museum. And building a couple of hotels on the property? (couldn’t hurt Indy’s Superbowl bid.) think big or go home.

    Comment by redcar — October 12, 2013 @ 4:42 am | Reply

  2. A great idea??? I heard that when the came out with the Edsel. We are simply going to sink further. What was once the “greatest spectacle in racing” now has become the “biggest joke in sports”. If you really want to do something with IMS………think……..shopping mall!!!!!
    Editor’s Note: In that neighborhood in the deteriorated condition it’s in? If they couldn’t make Lafayette Square work over time there is no hope for land re-use at the race track. Best keep it a track. Or if the ownership screws it up to the point of closing, perhaps a giant trailer park. In any event and regardless of the dysfunctionality of the ownership I am willing to bet it stays a race track until all of us are long dead.

    Comment by oldwrench — October 12, 2013 @ 2:55 pm | Reply

  3. Trailerpark? Isnt it already a trailerpark? Stay on top of things D.
    Editor’s Note: I love trailers.

    Comment by Youowemeabeerasshole — October 15, 2013 @ 7:13 am | Reply

    • Is Al Jr.’s trailer still there?!
      Editor’s Note: I have no idea. But isn’t a little early in the day to be drinking so much?

      Comment by Youowemeabeerasshole — October 15, 2013 @ 10:18 am | Reply

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