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Penske buys IndyCar, IMS and maybe even Indianapolis itself

Discussion in 'Sports and News' started by 2muchcoffeeman, Nov 4, 2019.

  1. Jake from State Farm

    Jake from State Farm Well-Known Member

    I can’t imagine Penske leaving Detroit but Indy isn’t far away
  2. Huggy

    Huggy Well-Known Member

    Hopefully this will mean a better TV deal in Canada than a last-minute thing put together for this season that landed it on some channel nobody gets.
  3. garrow

    garrow Well-Known Member

    If you're ever in Scottsdale, check out his free racing museum--across from the Whole Foods.
  4. nickp

    nickp Member

    After the Hulman family sold Clabber Girl we had to know this was coming Ownership was aging with no heir apparent to take the reins The Hulmans saved the Speedway and nursed it to a great life of its own
  5. bigpern23

    bigpern23 Well-Known Member

    That only became a thing nearly half a century ago?
  6. HanSenSE

    HanSenSE Well-Known Member

    Around the time Memorial Day became a Monday holiday.
  7. Bubbler

    Bubbler Well-Known Member

    The point is Ray Harroun didn't take the checkered flag on the last Sunday in May in 1911. It isn't some sacrosanct thing. Yes, it's been on Sunday for quite a while, but IMS has moved it before for their own convenience.
  8. playthrough

    playthrough Moderator Staff Member

    True, but I can't see it moving again because the entire weekend has been set in stone for a while -- Friday is Carb Day with the last 500 practice and a classic rock concert, Saturday is the 500 Festival parade downtown and a country music concert at the Speedway (Luke Bryan next year), then Sunday race. A pretty good revenue formula especially with what Carb Day has turned into.
  9. TigerVols

    TigerVols Well-Known Member

    New Year's Day bowls were a pretty set-in-stone revenue formula for 75 years, but then...
  10. playthrough

    playthrough Moderator Staff Member

    Motorsports can only dream of pulling in the TV numbers that lesser bowl games get. Of course a lot of the interest in those is tied to gambling, which is another area that motorsports needs to catch up to quickly. Next May there will be more than a quarter-million fans at the Indy 500, all capable of betting on their phones. Penske needs to use his clout to get DraftKings and others to recognize IndyCar as a viable betting sport. Put me down for $100 on Marco Andretti not winning.
  11. Bubbler

    Bubbler Well-Known Member

    “Congrats, sir, here’s your $100.01 in winnings.” :)
    2muchcoffeeman and playthrough like this.
  12. playthrough

    playthrough Moderator Staff Member

    I'll parlay it with Pippa not winning and get $100.03.
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