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.
The DVR is a wonderful tool. It allows us to watch an event that had taken place earlier at a more convenient time. – with the added bonus of zipping through the commercials. That was my plan for both days this past weekend. With a broadcast time of 2:30 central time on both days; the double-header at Detroit effectively ate up most of the weekend afternoons. Being gone four of the past five weekends, I had a long list of household chores that did not include plopping down in front of the television for both afternoons.
For whatever reason, I’ve gotten over my post-500 funk a lot quicker this year than normal. Maybe it was the three straight weekend trips to Indianapolis added to a trip to Barber just two weeks prior. After being on the road four of the last five weekends for races, I’m looking forward to being home for once this weekend. I’ll sort of be glad to watch the double-header this weekend from my couch.
First of all, I apologize for not having this post up here first thing this morning. Being the old man that I am, the long day caught up with me after getting up at 4:15 yesterday to get inside the track early.