Tag Archives: Indianapolis Motor Speedway

Blame physics for the misery of watching the Brickyard 400
July 24, 2017

It’s not like NASCAR and the Indianapolis Motor Speedway are conspiring to bore us every July.  They don’t want the Brickyard 400 to suck any more than we do. But it does, and watching it rewards only our ability to endure tedium. Six hours and nine minutes.  That’s how long it took yesterday’s Brickyard 400 […]

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 […]

Longtime Brickyard Friends Will Be Missed
March 12, 2015

by Bert Beiswanger I once walked up to Ron Lemasters in the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Media Center and said, “Ron, they always taught in journalism class to write for your audience at an eighth-grade level. At the Muncie Star, did they have to tell you to write at a seventh-grade level?” I got a long […]

November Football Leftovers – The ODB Jr. Catch, T-Rich and College Playoffs
December 5, 2014

by Bert Beiswanger The most enjoyable football player for me to watch this past month has been Odell Beckham, Jr. His ascent from the injury list to a must-see player has been awesome. Within a couple games, it was clear the rookie was the most talented player on the New York Giants roster. Beckham is […]

Jeff Van Gundy and Mark Jackson Get Full-Court Pressed by Mario Andretti
May 20, 2014

by Bert Beiswanger Sunday  was one of those perfect sports days in Indianapolis. The city was front and center on ABC for the better part of six hours – first for Indy 500 qualifying and then the much anticipated Game 1 Eastern Conference Finals match-up between the Indiana Pacers and Miami Heat. All the while, […]

Catching Up with the Mayor of Hinchtown: James Hinchcliffe
May 9, 2014

by Bert Beiswanger The Month of  May is off to unique start this year with the first weekend of activities at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway being occupied by the inaugural Grand Prix of Indianapolis. But while the sight of Indy cars going around the road course instead of the oval is different for fans, the faces and personalities piloting the Verizon […]