Taking IndyCar’s Message to NASCAR Country


There was some very large IndyCar talk in the home of NASCAR recently. On a lark, the underrated IRR staff took the fight to enemy turf down in South Carolina, singing IndyCar’s praises Super Bowl weekend. On a “working” vacation to the hotbed of secession, we visited  family and friends, met new ones and had a rip roaring good time. We’re also happy to report that no NASCAR was discussed at all – it’s a completely clockwork orange series anyway.

a clockwork busch

Images from pbs.org and newsok.com

Wonderful hosts and hostesses – particularly Stacy, Rhonda, Shelby and Patty with acknowledgments to Neal, Carl and Maddy – made the trip enjoyable, fun and relatively conflict free. In fact most everyone was exceedingly polite and welcoming. The south’s reputation for hospitality remains sterling, despite our staff’s repeated testing.


Photo from Indy Race Reviewer

IRR’s speeding motorcade even had an enlightening encounter with greater Columbia’s law enforcement during the tour. Happily, no tickets or other punishments were meted out to any among our entourage, only helpful – though strongly worded – advice. “Ma’am, I’m going to need you to step out of the car, please.”


Now for the unfortunate part of it all and that’s the largely bad IndyCar news we had to offer our southern friends. Italian Lucca Filippi’s announcement at CFH Racing for the road courses didn’t exactly move the needle. Canceling races and keeping the new aero kits appearance more tightly guarded than state secrets also proved a hard sell. We worked with what we had, which unfortunately wasn’t much. It was like putting lipstick on a pig.


Photo from commutebybike.com

In the end, we decided to take the weekend off, not fret about the recent horrid news and instead simply enjoy the trip. A good time was had by all, though the journey home through Atlanta was noteworthy. Dodging pipe bombs on the roadways, flight delays, cancellations and one Georgia-sized hangover we eventually made it to the frigid and frozen Midwest just shy of midnight. Falling into bed, we were glad to be home and determined to resume the fight – the next morning.


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