Think about it. Both sides, everyone
Think about it. Both sides, everyone
"The series may be hesitant to say it, but the day is here for everybody that loves IndyCar racing to link arms and help each other out. Anybody who doesn’t want to do that needs to find something else to do with their time.”
-- Eddie Gossage, President, Texas Motor Speedway, ICONIC Advisory Committee & TrackForum member
While I do find IMS to be a very special place, I have to look at it realistically.
It's just a track. Yes, the 'NASCAR boys' have respect for it. A burnout, even though I don't care for them period, is acceptable.
History of Indy Car racing:
AAA, USAC, CART, IRL, Champ Car, IndyCar
FC Bayern Munich: 2012-13 Treble Winners - Bundesliga, UEFA Champions League, DFB-Pokal
The reality is the numbers are dropping yet you call the deal 'ahead of its time'. The only end result that can be drerived from that is the series will be broke 'ahead of its time'.
That's because you're ignoring the history that made Indy what it is. No other track in North America has a history quite like it.Yes, the track is special, but I can't say it's magically above any other track that's made of asphalt and has fan accomodations.
Which is why I am using the word special. I recognize the place it holds among race tracks in America, just as much as I recognize the Empire State Buildin's place among skyscrapers and the Roman Coliseum's place among entertainment facilities in history. However, IMS is still a track, the Empire State Building is still a building, and the Coliseum is still a bowl.That's because you're ignoring the history that made Indy what it is. No other track in North America has a history quite like it.
That does NOT mean they are not special, but they are not any different than their contemporaries.
Better, greater, or otherwise different from what is usual: "a special effort".
Like I said use a different word. To go on an say "it's just a track" is a direct contradiction of the word. Especially the way you're using it.
You're making an oversimplification. Ever heard of a symbol?However, IMS is still a track, the Empire State Building is still a building, and the Coliseum is still a bowl.
A track is a track, and all tracks are tracks, but some tracks are significant cultural symbols too.
IMS is more than "just a track," the Empire State building is more than "just a building," the Coliseum is more than "just a bowl." Like I said, ever heard of a symbol? C'mon do some abstract thinking.
Indy elitism at its best folks. You can think something is special and still realize that it's just as it is. Texas Motor Speedway is special because it is the first place I ever saw these wonderful cars. It's still just a track. Arlington Stadium was special because it's where I saw my first major league game and it's where the Rangers grew up themselves. It was still falling apart; a run-of-the-mill cookie cutter stadium. The Ballpark in Arlington is home to the back to back American League Champions; it's still just a lot of brick and a hole in the ground.
As DiA beautifully put it, a track is a track, but that doesn't mean one track doesn't hold more significance than another.
Only symbol I care about is my kids grades and the smile on their face when I take them on vacations and to races - including the 500 which they have been at several time.
They would shrug this off as no big deal - it's a different world and the 500 simply is not what it once used to be.
I can understand hanging on to the past but to infer that others should feel the same way - or that in some way they are wrong for not sharing the same ideology is ridiculous.
Some people care - some people don't - doesn't make them less of a fan of the sport or the race IMO.
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