Category Archives: Indianapolis Motor Speedway

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 […]

Top 10 reasons to love the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and the Indianapolis 500
May 13, 2016

The Indianapolis Motor Speedway is one of my favorite places on the planet, and when May rolls around that is where I choose to work. Because of technology, we can do my radio show anyplace we like with minimal tech support, so why not do the show from Jonathan Byrd Racing’s garage (B-20) everyday the track […]

MotoGP at Indy Dominated Once Again By Marquez and Uncertainty
August 10, 2015

by Bert Beiswanger Attendance was up for this year’s Red Bull Indianapolis Grand Prix. 67,648 was reported by commercial rights holder Dorna Sports. The buzz on the grounds was strong. Last year’s event was voted best on the MotoGP calendar. Teams love being here. Manufacturers love being here. Fans love being here. Riders like being […]

IndyCar gag order shows weak knees and leadership vacuum
July 22, 2015

by Kent Sterling People who run things need thick skin.  Criticism is a part of the equation for leaders, and it can be helpful in improving systems, staffing, and building success. A new rule has been adopted by IndyCar that shows whether they know that or not, they don’t embrace it. Click here to follow […]