Down-time in the Verizon IndyCar Series means idle time. Idle time generally leads to bad things – evil things. And so it is with One Take Only; the videoblog of Oilpressure.com. It is unrehearsed, unscripted and unedited. We just sit down, start the camera rolling and start talking about IndyCar – all the while keeping an eye on the clock to keep it under fifteen minutes for You Tube. Whatever we get, we keep – hence the name.
First off, let me get out the disclaimer that I am not a financial analyst. When I look at a company’s balance sheet, I may as well be trying to read hieroglyphics. So those that are more astute than I, are likely to tell me how misguided I am to feel the way I do about this subject.
One of the hardest working pit crews at most Verizon IndyCar tracks is seldom actually seen at the track except for early in the morning or late in the evening after the track has cleared out. That’s when people check off items from their bucket list–mainly riding or driving around any given track during race weekend.
The Firestone 600 at Texas Motor Speedway was not the edge-of-your seat excitement that we came to know in the last decade. I’ve never really known what to call the last decade – the 2000’s? The zero’s? The naught’s? Anyway – ten years ago, IndyCar races at Texas Motor Speedway were literally riveting. As the pack swarmed around the track at 220 mph, you couldn’t look away – although sometimes we should have. Personally, I liked that excitement. It’s part of what I think allured me to this form of auto-racing.
This Saturday, the Verizon IndyCar series returns to Texas Motor Speedway – a track that is tied with Milwaukee as my second favorite oval behind the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. That’s nothing against the remaining three on the schedule – Iowa, Pocono and Fontana. All six have their own favorable characteristics and can offer great racing; but those two have a slight edge for different reasons. Milwaukee has its history and Texas has sheer speed.
Last week, there was a blurb that certainly caught my eye as well as many others who follow the Verizon IndyCar Series. It was the announcement that the now-defunct Nashville Superspeedway had been purchased by a Nashville-based group that I, admittedly, had never heard of. NeXovation, Inc. has announced plans to purchase the assets of Nashville Superspeedway from Dover Motorsports, Inc. for $27 million, along with assuming $18 million in debt – which brings the total to around $45 million.