- May 27, 2016
Looks like banging the "more short tracks" drum has finally paid off.
I don't know about Bristol being in the middle of nowhere. But of course that's coming from a Pocono and a New Hampshire regular. You're literally in the woods til these sprawling racetracks pop out of nowhere at those two tracks lol.well if I may.... Kentucky I've been to was in the boonies ( stayed in Louisville which was about 1 hr away), Chicagoland is in Elwood not Joliet which has 80 close by but nothing else except two gas stations ,liquor stores and Amazon warehouses, Bristol is in the middle of nowhere well except a few miles down there are restaurants and gas stations but the nearest hotel we stayed at was Johnson City TN ( race day about 30 min away). I think its awesome that there is going to be a short track in a top 3 largest TV market and on the west coast to boot, im very excited. But most of these tracks are in the middle of nowhere, if Wilkesboro or The Rock were on the schedule I'd probably just stay in Charlotte and drive to them. But thats me I get its not for everyone. Plus also NASCAR doesnt own Wilkes or the Rock, I think they own Fontana so hence this is why this is happening. Now Im praying Chicagoland becomes a Richmond clone when its their turn to repave.
Bristol is the middle of nowhere lolI don't know about Bristol being in the middle of nowhere. But of course that's coming from a Pocono and a New Hampshire regular. You're literally in the woods til these sprawling racetracks pop out of nowhere at those two tracks lol.
Maybe it will spur somebody's idea.i would rather see a 2 mile figure 8 withe an overpass like suzuka.
this new half miler should be up near seattle, and have a roof.
They weren't coming back anyways. They were trying to kill themselves in front of 10k people... If anything this helps Indy's chances.. Ruins the weekend warrior road race stuff but hey, solid compromise!
Not sure I agree with Bob here. IndyCar wasn't going back to current California anyway. It actually seems slightly more likely that they would race a true short track (if the banking isn't crazy high) than the long intermediates they've left behind. Neither were likely, but it's fun to dream about a 900 HP lower downforce next gen IndyCar making laps at the new track.
If Indycar can run at Indy, they can run at any oval over 2 miles IMO. The Las Vegas tragedy shouldn't affect the sportThey weren't coming back anyways. They were trying to kill themselves in front of 10k people... If anything this helps Indy's chances.. Ruins the weekend warrior road race stuff but hey, solid compromise!
The circumstances sound similar to those surrounding Chicagoland - old surface, big market, valuable land in area where industry is expanding - but after the city planning commission voted to recommend the council not approve the building of warehouses on unused parking lots that doesn’t appear to have much momentum behind it going into this month’s council vote. Plus, as far as we know the plans only entail building on those old lots.I hope it gets approved and then ends up being a great race... maybe it could interest OTHER tracks to consider such a similar idea.
If this play works for California I could totally see the track getting a lot of attention on nascars schedules. Very smart play at a very critical time when a lot of things are somewhat up in the air.
I’m impressed with the idea alone and it’s timing.
Other tracks ought to take quick notice and consider the idea.
This one has always baffled me, for all the good Smith has done for the sport why would he do something so profoundly stupid, hopefully it does get put back the way it was but I'm not holding my breath.This makes me think about Atlanta as well. It will need a repave sooner than later and I wonder if they will go back to it's original shape?
Homestead is basically what Atlanta was which is why I like Homestead. I feel like Homestead is such a forgotten track imo and it shouldn't be.This one has always baffled me, for all the good Smith has done for the sport why would he do something so profoundly stupid, hopefully it does get put back the way it was but I'm not holding my breath.
I think it had more to do with market saturation than track location. Pocono, Watkins Glen, Michigan, Martinsville, Kentucky, Talladega are all rural and I don't think it's ever worked against them.Same with Wilkesboro and Rockingham, which helped lead to their demise.
So I just tried to 3D model it. I'm not "great" at CAD, but i can get stuff done.holy cow. Uhm....I'm speechless and want to see a 3D model
Put some PJ1 down there and see what happens lolGreat news. ACS would have blown with just a repave. Holy crap did we dodge that. Now NASCAR has a chance to redevelop all the land and build a truly modern fan experience rivalling Daytona.
My only question is how this configuration will race? Long straights and high banks scream ride the top to me. I can't imagine the bottom lane working with corner radius so tight unless there's just a ton more grip there somehow.