Category Archives: Indianapolis Motor Speedway

Bryan Clauson passes away – Statement from Bryan’s family
August 8, 2016

I got to spend a lot of time around Bryan Clauson the last two Mays as he prepared to drive the Jonathan Byrd’s Racing entry in the Indianapolis 500.  I was one of the lucky who got to know him a little bit. Talking to a guy on the radio is sort of strange in […]

Top 10 ways to fix the exceptionally dull Brickyard 400
July 25, 2016

Kyle Busch won the 23rd running of the Brickyard 400 yesterday in front of dozens at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. At least it looked like no more than dozens.  The Indianapolis Motor Speedway is a gargantuan facility capable of holding more than a quarter million race fans – as it did for the 100th Indianapolis […]

Top 10 reasons to attend the 23rd Running of the Brickyard 400
July 21, 2016

The Brickyard 400 used to be an event that rivaled the Indianapolis 500 for local excitement.  It was different – slower – but still fun. Then came the mandatory red flags because of tire wear, and an admission by NASCAR that the nine-degree banking of the corners at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway are not conducive to […]

Top 10 ways to improve the national image of the Indianapolis 500
May 31, 2016

TV ratings don’t lie.  Despite the extensive media coverage for the historic 100th running of the Indianapolis 500, ratings were down nationally from a 4.3 share in 2015 to a 4.1 for the 2016 race. That was despite a 33.6 local rating.  If not for the massive number in Indy, the rating for the race would have […]

Top 10 things to remember, ponder, and rely upon for the Indianapolis 500
May 27, 2016

More than the combined populations of Fort Wayne and South Bend will converge upon the hallowed grounds of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway for a celebration of speed and history. One in every 850 people in the continental United States will be right here, hoping to enjoy a beautiful day of racing, beer, food, and friendship. […]

Top 10 reasons to celebrate the lifting of the live TV blackout of the Indy 500
May 25, 2016

The live local blackout of the Indianapolis 500 is stupid, and this year for the first time in 65 years, the powers that be at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway have acknowledged it. As readers of this list learned yesterday, the Indianapolis 500 is replete with arcane, nutty, and charming traditions that make it one of […]

Top 10 celebrities who should drop green flag rather than Chris Pine
May 19, 2016

“Who is Chris Pine?” I was asked by a long time Indianapolis sports media type in an actual conversation earlier today. “I don’t know,” I replied. “He’s dropping the green flag.” “For today’s practice?” “For the 100th running of the Indianapolis 500.” “Is he a country music guy?” “Let me google him…  Nope, he played […]

Top 10 reasons I will never drive an IndyCar despite having the chance last night
May 18, 2016

I found myself alone yesterday at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Jonathan Byrd Racing’s garage with four fully functional and (one would assume) fueled IndyCars. The track was empty because of the rain that washed out practice, but by the time my radio show ended, the grounds were dry.  It occurred to me that I had […]