-Tony George has taken over as Hulman & Company Chairman of the board

Friday, July 31, 2009

A Day To Forget

What a disappointing day in Kentucky. Most of all I'm sad for the fans that paid $25 hard earned dollars at the gate which opened at just 5pm.

Don't get me wrong, I understand that they have had a ton of rain the last few days. But considering that the track was just build in 2000, today was ridiculous. When I woke up around 6:30am in my hotel just west of Kentucky Speedway it was wet, but the sky was clear and a drop didn't fall for the rest of the day.

When I got to the track around 11:30 the crews at KMS were obviously working hard on the weepers, particularly the ones in turns 3 & 4. But as the day wore on, while listening to the crews on the scanner, they were obviously losing hope of any track activity. At one point around 2:30 the workers were even arguing whether it was water or oil on parts of the track.

Throughout the day as the schedules kept getting pushed back and changing minute to minute, the rumors began to spread throughout the paddock that not a lap would be turned all day. After talking with several crew members and drivers around 5pm it quickly became apparent that the cars would remain parked. Yet the fans kept flowing in paying $25 a pop, only to turn around and walk out the same gate just a couple hours later.

Around 8:45, Kentucky Speedway announcers finally spewed the words that they should of used hours earlier, "There will be no track activity today". Props do go out the the KMS staff for offering a "rain check" for an unspecified date on the 2010 Kentucky Motor Speedway schedule for each of the several thousand paying customers. But it should of never came to that.

As of now there is scheduled to be practice in the afternoon with the Indycar green flag still dropping at 8:45, but rain is supposed to hit Sparta tomorrow night not ending until Sunday afternoon. If this is the case, in all likely hood Sunday will be a wash as well. Let's just hope Tomorrow will be handled better than today.


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