While it has not been officially announced, all signs are now pointing towards Gateway Motorsports Park joining the 2017 Verizon IndyCar Series schedule. It had been rumored for a few months, but Robin Miller felt good enough about it to write an article saying it was all but a done deal.
If there is one constant in the world of racing, it is change. For someone like me that lives by the credo of “Change is Bad”, that can be a tough pill to swallow at times. But change is inevitable, especially when you are talking about sponsorship.
Over the years of watching CART and the Verizon IndyCar Series contest the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in Lexington, Ohio; I’ve seen a lot of snoozers with some good races sprinkled in. Last year’s race was one of the more exciting I’ve seen at Mid-Ohio. While yesterday’s Honda Indy 200 wasn’t as exciting as last year’s, it ended up being one of the more memorable open-wheel races at Mid-Ohio that I’ve watched over the past few decades.
This weekend, the Verizon IndyCar Series visits another natural terrain road course that is on my short list to visit. While the pull to visit the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course has never been quite as strong as it was to visit Road America; it is on my list nonetheless. I am assuming that the hotel situation is pretty much the same as it is for Road America. I hope so, because I would like to think that my camping days are way behind me.
Welcome to…Denver, Colorado! I don’t travel very often with my day job. I did spend the week of this year’s Indianapolis 500 in Atlanta at a conference with several co-workers; but this week, I flew out to a conference that I am attending by myself – and that’s very rare. Oh well, it’s cooler than Nashville, the scenery is beautiful and I am eating very well. Too well, as a matter of fact.
Last week, the Verizon IndyCar Series lost a member of their family that most of us had never heard of. Jenny Nickell was a producer for NBCSN and had worked in the business of televising IndyCar races for over thirty years. Apparently, she suddenly fell ill in Toronto last weekend and passed away Tuesday morning. I never met Jenny, and to be honest – I had never heard of her. Chances are, most of you reading this had not heard of her until news of her death hit social media last Tuesday.
No one should be surprised to hear me say that I am a racing fan. While IndyCar is my passion, I am still a fan of other forms of motorsport – including NASCAR. I’m no die-hard, but I’ll still watch the occasional NASCAR race. I have been to three NASCAR races in my life – two in Charlotte and one at Darlington. Surprisingly, I’ve never been to the Brickyard 400 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. It’s not that I consider the race a sacrilege that invades the hallowed ground on an annual basis, as some people do. It’s just that I never felt an overwhelming urge to go.