Will Indianapolis Continue to Host GPs?
Wednesday, August 31, 2011
Over 160,000 fans came out to the races this weekend with in excess of 60,000 folks visiting The Brickyard on Sunday. Visually turn-out appeared to be much better than in past years and even with that many people it was still quite easy to get in/out/around the track. Kudos to the IMS folks for having the logistics so dialed-in.
In my opinion the Indianapolis round is the better of the two U.S. Grand Prixs. Not only is it easier to get around the track the location of it is smack dab in the middle of the city. The downtown area is literally only a 15 minute motorcycle ride away and there are tons of fancy yet fairly reasonably priced hotels, restaurants and bars that have the ability to keep you entertained well into the night.
One of my favorite things to do at night is to cruise around the street during the Motorcycle on Meridian event. Friday and Saturday night the city shuts down part of Meridian Street to motorcycle and foot traffic only. And you wouldn’t believe how many bikes/people come out. Normally, you’d think that an event like that would be total chaos and while there is a very high-level of police, they are actually very friendly and don’t try and harass folks for silly things.
No word on whether or not the Red Bull Indianapolis GP will be returning to Indianapolis next year, but if it were up to me it would as they have an utterly fantastic event. Let’s hope folks that haven’t yet experienced GP races at The Brickyard will have the opportunity to next year and beyond.
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