Being a motorsports junkie I can't understand why other areas abandon their dedicated race tracks as some locations did.
In my days in So Cal. it was Lions dying and San Gabe and on and on.
Later even Ontario goes away?!
No fear Roger Penski built a cookie cutter 1 and 1/2 mile place not 2 miles away 20 years later?!.
But not the same.
History making places bulldozed for TRACT HOUSING AND STRIP MALLS!!!?!
Long Beach loves its' street curcuit. I prefer Laguna Seca and Sonoma.
Even the road track as part of Indianapolis Raceway Park (outside indy not the "Speedway's" F1 left over) is too rarely used.
I can't keep up with the corporate renaming of race tracks so I use the original names.
I'm glad that the Speedway is still Indianapolis Motor Speedway in spite of error of no motors but in the starters
and none of them onboard except NASCAR stockers and some of the Vintage racecars - Duntov Vettes Cobras and Ferraris and Porches in June.
If one investigates the history of it the primary places where racing took off after WW2 vets returned was where the aircraft manufacturing thrived. Places like Indy and all SoCal and Detroit as examples.
Machinists and engineering craftsmen knew how to make horsepower with FoMoCo's flathead V-8 as well as aircraft engines. They knew 100 Octane gasoline too.
Even now I hear that Indiana had to rewrite their tax code to give a break to race shops to retain the supporting businesses lately.
a slap in the face to the way some of my "old-timer" friends ran their operation before the changes.
John Force and Mike Andretti teams moved some or all the team shop ops to Brownburg 10 miles out of Indy.
I guess every track didn't have a couple of crazy hoosiers deciding to rebuild the Speedway in 1945 and dedicated to saving the place.
Wilbur Shaw and Tony Hulman did the deed. $$$$$$ from Clabber Girl Baking Powder and the passion for the Speedway did it.
Not as many youth doing real racing as once was the case.
And the insurance corporations priced the small tracks out of profitability.
Nothing is as sad as a race track abandoned to rot or sold for profit.
Except one covered in rain on raceday.