Racing's 2nd stage

Some call it Indianapolis' other racetrack, a little brother, of sorts, to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Full Story
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IRP fan

High Point, NC

#1 Jul 26, 2007
Does anyone remember the Yankee 300 that ran on the road course with the open wheel cars like 'The Johnny Lightning Special'? I think this race was held a couple of weeks after the 500 and these were the same racer drivers and race cars that ran at the Motor Speedway.
joecool

Saint Paul, MN

#2 Jul 26, 2007
I do not reall that, but I remember getting my picture taken in the Johnny Lightning Special car at some department store.
reporter

United States

#3 Jul 26, 2007
It will always be "IRP" to me. Hate this "O'Reilly" moniker.
rich history

Indianapolis, IN

#4 Jul 26, 2007
yeah, what's this O'Reilly crap? None of the greats in the article raced at "O'Reilly" They all raced at Indianapolis Raceway Park.
Bob in Brownsburg

Oakland, CA

#5 Jul 26, 2007
Yeah, it'll always be IRP.

Little known fact about the USAC road races that were run at IRP back in the 60's is that they ran the road course in a counterclockwise direction. Everybody who runs the road course these days goes clockwise.
Frosty

New Albany, IN

#6 Jul 26, 2007
Slow news day, eh?
tired of the bs

United States

#8 Jul 26, 2007
Yep It'll always be IRP. The Brickyard is and always will be the Brickyard too. Screw these corporate sponsors. Who do you think they are passing the costs on to... Things nowadays cost way too much anyway.

Ski

“Is It Friday Yet?????”

Since: May 07

Smalltown New York

#9 Jul 26, 2007
The fire works after a race scare my dog. BOOM...BOOM....Yipe yipe yipe!

“A.M.K. + Indianapolis = !!!!!!”

Since: Apr 07

Marion

#10 Jul 26, 2007
It will always be Indianapolis Raceway Park to me! Thank you, rich history, Bob in Brownsburg, and reporter!
Den

Indianapolis, IN

#11 Jul 26, 2007
In the late 70's I believe there was also a motocross track out there. I wish they would put it back so that we could get some close MX races.
Wow

United States

#12 Jul 26, 2007
The Star must really be desperate if it's going to pander to silly rednecks with stories like this. With all the serious news going on in the city, state, country and world, why would the Star waste space on a free ad for hillbillies?
Maybe the Star website should have banjo music or 80's country music play everytime you open the page; that'd get the 'necks all pumped up.
Not Much of a Racing Fan

Monticello, IN

#13 Jul 26, 2007
You are a tool. And, if you can't recognize the significance of motor sports to the Indianpolis area, you are a pretty ignorant person as well
Wow wrote:
The Star must really be desperate if it's going to pander to silly rednecks with stories like this. With all the serious news going on in the city, state, country and world, why would the Star waste space on a free ad for hillbillies?
Maybe the Star website should have banjo music or 80's country music play everytime you open the page; that'd get the 'necks all pumped up.
YIKES

Indianapolis, IN

#14 Jul 26, 2007
Wow wrote:
The Star must really be desperate if it's going to pander to silly rednecks with stories like this. With all the serious news going on in the city, state, country and world, why would the Star waste space on a free ad for hillbillies?
Maybe the Star website should have banjo music or 80's country music play everytime you open the page; that'd get the 'necks all pumped up.
Even though I am not a racing fan...stories like this are entertainment and I believe some entertainment is NEEDED in this world with all the serious news going on in the city, state, country and world. Good grief...get a life outside of the "seriousness"!!!!!
tired of it

Chrisman, IL

#15 Jul 26, 2007
tired of the bs wrote:
Yep It'll always be IRP. The Brickyard is and always will be the Brickyard too. Screw these corporate sponsors. Who do you think they are passing the costs on to... Things nowadays cost way too much anyway.
Exactly! Remember that before you purchase anything from Lucas Oil. They are passing on a twenty million dollar ego trip to you. Screw them and Emperor Irsay, too!
Nate

Bloomington, IN

#16 Jul 26, 2007
The reporter didn't mention that the INDIANAPOLIS Raceway Park was where many scenes were shot for the motion picture "Winning". My family and I were extras, and I remember Paul Newman riding a minibike up-and-down behind the bleachers. A few weeks later the Granatelli-STP turbine cars were there making practice runs, an amazing sight.

“Don't be a Hater”

Since: Jun 07

Indianapolis

#17 Jul 26, 2007
I heard a rumor that the NHRA wants ORP-IRP, what ever, to change the direction of the drag strip to run diagonal across the property in order to have a longer run off area. This would actually eliminate the oval. I hope I am wrong.
Steve

Dallas, TX

#18 Jul 26, 2007
IMS FAN wrote:
I heard a rumor that the NHRA wants ORP-IRP, what ever, to change the direction of the drag strip to run diagonal across the property in order to have a longer run off area. This would actually eliminate the oval. I hope I am wrong.
I doubt the veracity of that rumor. IRP has one of, if not the longest, run-offs of any drag strip in the country.
TheHarv

Martinsville, IN

#20 Jul 26, 2007
Wow wrote:
The Star must really be desperate if it's going to pander to silly rednecks with stories like this. With all the serious news going on in the city, state, country and world, why would the Star waste space on a free ad for hillbillies?
Maybe the Star website should have banjo music or 80's country music play everytime you open the page; that'd get the 'necks all pumped up.
I'd rather read this than the oh so serious news of Lindsey Lohans recent dui and cocaine deal.
GO COLTS

Marysville, OH

#22 Jul 26, 2007
Like others ... I feel this will always be IRP ... not ORP! I wish Tony George would buy the place, enlarge the oval to a mile track ... circle it with grandstands and bring a CUP race there! You could sell as many seats as you could build around the place.

As much as I love the Brickyard, and as beautiful as a track it is (the best in the world)... it is just to big for a Cup race. Give us a fast mile track (like Atlanta)... and let'em run! Of course ... Indy could keep the 400 at the Brickyard too ... just give us 2 races like other tracks!

GO COLTS!!!
HtwoO

Noblesville, IN

#23 Jul 26, 2007
I am surprized IRP doesn't build a mueseum there. I bet quite a few locals and professional would donate racecars for display. My dad has storys of when IRP was first built and the use to drive across the field to the track before the fence went up and would race on the road course at night. My mom worked the tour and did scoring for SCCA races right next to Paul Newman. I spent part of my childhood watching my dad work as a corner worker and riding around the track in our old fiat. We have old films of races there. I also remember going to the U.S. Nationals with local pro stock racer steve schmidt when I was in high school. Meeting Bob Glidden who my best friend idol. Now on tuesday nights I run my daily driver and occasionaly at midnight madness. I also have driven the road course at private lapping days. They really need to put some money back into the roadcourse. Its the only 1/2 mile straight in the country. Its nothing like seeing well above 120, braking and entering the first corner.

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