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January 20, 2014

Maybe They Could Turn The Indianapolis Motor Speedway Into A Trailer Park

Filed under: The Disciple Blogs — Disciple of INDYCAR @ 6:57 pm

IMS Dump 2IMS Dump 1One of the numerous malcontented blowhards on the Internet (present company excluded) seemed to lament the other day that gimmickry being attempted involving IMS and Indy 500 traditions is necessary to hook really young demographic targets going forward. Those of us who have spent money there for decades should consider ourselves expendable because we are next in the check-out line of life.

Agree or disagree . . . it is thought provoking. Actions speak louder than words. When the very first thing IMS does with $100 million of taxpayer loan money is re-build an already functional road course suspicions about future direction tend to lean cynical. This is especially true when considering the rest of the physical IMS grounds, which continue to deteriorate unabated and at a rapid pace. As a lifelong devotee of the place I really want to write something positive and pat some people on their backs. That is presently not possible.

IMS has become the trashy, sleazeball neighbor who fails to maintain their property with any common sense or respect for anyone else in the neighborhood. They seem oblivious. If they tell you improvements are being IMS Dump 3IMS Dump 4made they are lying. Many post-1996 critics enjoy heaping blame for anything even remotely troublesome on the Hulman-George family. Reality today is that they have been shoved aside so that outsiders can run the operation. Business is business but the lack of basic respect for men who turned Indiana farmland into a shrine in decades past is simultaneously stunning and vulgar.

Their enthusiasm is appreciated but common sense would earn them more success long term. How much more can be outsourced? How much are they willing to let customer-facing landmarks fall apart before someone does anything?

When will anyone from there ever address the obvious and can the condescending lip service for just a few moments?



  1. You do have a point. Of all the areas to focus tax payer money on, the uninspired road course at IMS does seem quite suspect. It seems if they could also weave in some cosmetic touch ups simultaneously it would strengthen the decision making credibility of the board.

    Comment by Dan — January 21, 2014 @ 12:25 am | Reply

  2. Are you really that stupid? The road course is where they are going to add events. It was getting rough in places for the motorcycles. Their goal is to increase revenue, and they are going to do that by adding races. Opening for more qualification and practice days in May does not pay the bills.
    Editor’s Note: Spending money on new-ish road course when the rest of the facility is literally crumbling defines abject stupidity. Road racing is, and always has been, a tiny niche in this country. Flogging it like soccer is also stupid. I hope this does not blow up in their arrogant faces, but that is far more likely than success.

    Comment by TroyM — January 21, 2014 @ 1:53 pm | Reply

    • I hope you are not calling me stupid dude. Really? Have you been there lately? There are areas that need some serious maintenance and some of it wouldn’t even cost that much. His point is -if some other areas like rest rooms, parking lot to the museum, concrete patching on some of the underpass columns sidewalks, paint on buildings and steel were not neglected, tax payers might be a little more eager to support the idea of maintaining the speedway with tax money. All the obvious things that the tax payers of Indiana see when they pull into the museum-that is what he is talking about. He’s not focusing exclusively on just the road course. The facility is 100 years old and requires a lot maintenance. It’s a important historical landmark for the state and should resonate pride and be shown to the public with comprehensive TLC and maintenance. If you remember what it looked like pre F1 as IMS courted Bernie Ecclestone- that’s what he is talking about. Since Tony George was relieved the physical appearance has declined.

      Comment by Dan — January 21, 2014 @ 8:17 pm | Reply

  3. I know a guy who has a tarp business that could fix that dump up quick. Some blue ones, some green ones. Nice. This is what you wanted Defender.
    Editor’s Note: I see the hate site enthusiasts have gotten wind of my latest missive. Welcome. Your next futile challenges: Reading comprehension skills, even slight maturity and the ability to communicate as a human entity able to walk upright.

    I bet your ankles have callouses where you keep on having to grabbing them.
    Well that’s predictable. A juvenile metaphor.

    The Hulman family doesn’t care about you or the 500 or the series. So, this is how they pay you back for all your kind unselfish loving deeds, ha? Your agony and photography efforts are futile because they don’t give a rat’s ass about you or history. It’s just the way you wanted it, with the Hulman family in control.
    Editor’s Note: This is where you and your little kiddie pals reinforce the notion adults have about your abject stupidity. The Hulman-Georges care (some more than others) but none of them are actually running the place any more. And the people who are are incapable of the passion necessary to sustain it. That is tragic.

    Comment by Goron Liddy — January 21, 2014 @ 8:59 pm | Reply

  4. Ouch. You keep getting more upset. Have you tried actually sitting down with Miles and voicing your concerns?
    Editor’s Note: I have communicated in writing with Miles and in person with the President of the track.

    And you often preach of evolution in racing…maybe this is the natural selection theory in play? :egads:
    Editor’s Note: Not natural selection. Merely Hoosiers charged with running something over their heads from a passion and historical cognizance standpoint. The current non-Hulman leadership of the enterprise is akin to putting Honey Boo-Boo’s family in charge of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. It is just not a good fit.

    Comment by youowemeabeerasshole — January 21, 2014 @ 9:39 pm | Reply

    • Dude, the Hulman Georges ARE the Honey BooBoos, Hee-Haws, and Duck Dynasty all rolled into one.
      Editor’s Note: Do people your age still use the word ‘dude’ in any context? Look, I got your ‘point’ about white trash with money years ago (although the concept of one Hoosier making fun of another Hoosier for any reason is pretty comical in and of itself) and your cutesy epithets can occasionally be mildly amusing. In your rush toward Hulman condemnation you have managed to miss the point of my metaphor again (predictable). I am not so much concerned with the HG’s themselves, rather with those appointed to run their affairs.

      Comment by youowemeabeerasshole — January 22, 2014 @ 1:43 am | Reply

      • So what kind of rational, sane, grown man (Tony George et. al.) needs someone “appointed to run their affairs”? I don’t get it. If they were so good at this, how did they go “broke” and need someone to mind their accounts? it doesn’t make much sense to me.
        Editor’s Note: Who ever said they were good at running racing? Their list of business failures pre-dates even the formation of cart. The point of the piece that has thus far eluded even the brightest among your kind (not saying much) is that despite the mumbling, lack of business chops and an ‘aw shucks’ way of doing business they always took care of the track and made it sparkle a little more with each passing year. Now that it isn’t the case the grotesque deterioration of the facility has become apparent, and you may as well stick an old washer and dryer on the porch, hand out soiled beaters to Miles, Boles and crew, load the fridge with PBR and wait for a building or a stand to cave in on itself. Use your brain sometime.

        Comment by youowemeabeerasshole — January 22, 2014 @ 7:44 pm

  5. Nice cop out you mature adult.
    Editor’s Note: Nice stalking, John Hinckley Jr. Are your buddies getting hard to impress?

    How long has the Hulman family had a board of directors? Who owns the majority share of the entire company? Who brought in the CEO and other officers? The answer is the root of your problems, so comprehend that.
    Editor’s Note: Have you checked the makeup of the board lately? Have you researched their actions? Did not think so. Please don’t let reality cloud your idiotic and juvenile hatred of all things Hulman-George. Obviously that is the limit of your emotional agility.

    Just the way you wanted it. Why can’t you just accept it and move on?
    Editor’s Note: I get a big kick out of hate site squatters assuming they know what I want. LOL. Keep it up kids.

    Comment by Goron Liddy — January 22, 2014 @ 6:22 pm | Reply

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