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April 24, 2014

IndyCar Back in Action Down South

Filed under: The Disciple Blogs — Disciple of INDYCAR @ 2:14 pm


BarberThis week we prepare for what is arguably the most scenic venue on the IndyCar calendar at Barber Motorsports Park outside Birmingham (and Leeds). Every year I advise my friends they need to visit at least once. The way George Barber converted what was essentially a strip mine into a venue often referred to as the ‘Augusta of motor sports’ is remarkable. In addition to the circuit there are numerous great vantage points, all accessible by shuttle carts that run continuously. There are also unique works of art that dot the facility, often in unusual places.

Musuem QualityNo trip to Barber is complete without a trip to the museum. If you are into all things, racing and otherwise, on two or four (or more) wheels it is must see. But allow a lot of time. There is a lot to see, particularly if they let you behind the secret doors. The museum at IMS is still my favorite for  variety of reasons, but if IMS ever brought it up to the quality of the facility at Barber jaws would drop.

Barber usually provides a quality of racing that is often not expected given the track was built for motorcycles. The people are friendly and fans who attend always have a good time.

Meantime back in Indy IMS and Kroger have a joint promotion in which two tickets to the big race are yours provided you spend $150 in groceries this week. Naturally the doomsayers latched onto this promotion as an example of the impending demise of the Krogeringsport and the event that has always given it legitimacy. Also predictably the more brain challenged still stuck in a time warp two decades ago stupidly ‘blame’ Tony George. Still others ask why they spent money to buy tickets when they can get them ‘free.’

It is beyond my ability to grasp the abject stupidity that plagues many of these folks. First, this is nothing new. Tickets have been bought in blocks for decades and given away in one form or another every year. Second, the tickets people receive will be among the crappiest seats in the joint. Seats that are high value get renewed every year and have already been sold. I actually like the idea because it gives casual folks who may have chosen not to spend money in the past the opportunity to get rewarded for spending money on a necessity.

Here’s hoping May weather in Indy cooperates every day the track is open.




  1. I was hoping that an addition to (or the building of a new one) the museum might be on the list of improvements to the Speedway. I’d also like to see a new version of the old motel, for use during races or during the many other events scheduled in downtown Indy. But I don’t think either one of those things is on the drawing board.

    Comment by redcar — April 24, 2014 @ 4:30 pm | Reply

  2. Disciple, will you be Glamping VIP?
    Editor’s Note: Sleeping in a tent overnight is not my cup of tea unless there are at least three shapely naked women feeding me peeled grapes and other gourmet foods. Short answer: No.

    Comment by Youowemeabeerasshole — April 25, 2014 @ 12:44 am | Reply

    • So probably a bit expensive for you too. Wonder how many they will sell. Wonder what happens when a big thunderstorm rolls through. Think Indiana State Fair Stage Collapse. Not sure thy really thought this one through.

      Comment by Youowemeabeerasshole — April 25, 2014 @ 12:59 pm | Reply

    • Had never heard of Glamping. You learn something every day!

      Comment by Bob F. — April 25, 2014 @ 5:56 pm | Reply

  3. glamping is a stupid idea unless your a rich and brainless drunk. reminds me of a handfull of bitter cart roaches. and the state fiar stage didnt collapse. a hurricain force wind blew it down. wind can destroy anything if it’s strong enough. some poeple arn’t smart enough to get out of the bad weather.

    Comment by ioweyouabeerasshole — April 25, 2014 @ 8:26 pm | Reply

    • Funny how nothing else at the fairgrounds was damaged by those “hurricain” force winds. That stage was not built to withstand winds consistent with a typical Midwestern thunderstorm. People who want to blame those who didn’t get out of the bad weather are mostly bitter old tea party types being protective of their precious tax dollars. Bottom line, it was poorly built and people died and were seriously injured. Someone was negligent.

      Comment by TroyM — April 26, 2014 @ 4:40 pm | Reply

      • that company had set that stage up for 13 consceutive years prior to that without incident, and every year was an improvement on saftey. the only negliggnt people were the sugarland band who demanded to go on in order to collect the rest of thier money, but you’ll never hear the media report the facts. the spot operator in the trussing who was killed was begging to come down but the road manger for sugarland said stay put, we’re goin’ on. another fact you’ll never hear is that the sound company never lost one account, and remains in business and retains top tier clientele. poeple in the industry know the real truth.

        Comment by ioweyouabeerasshole — April 27, 2014 @ 6:55 pm

    • (Off topic commentary relocated to 12/19/13 comment section)

      Comment by Youowemeabeerasshole — April 26, 2014 @ 11:23 pm | Reply

  4. if the irl held a race in alabama with nobody in attendance…..would it still be a race?
    Editor’s Note: If internet squatters who are nowhere near a venue were able to muster even a single firing synapse….would it enhance the experience for human beings that walk upright?

    Comment by J.B. — April 27, 2014 @ 8:56 pm | Reply

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