If you’ve followed me from the beginning of this blog, you might remember that I am a fan of Open Wheel Racing. IndyCar racing tops my list of that genre, mainly because I was raised in Houston, TX during the era when Houston’s A. J. Foyt, Jr. was revered by the locals for winning practically everything in sight, including a fourth Indianapolis 500 title (the first person to do so).
Earlier this year, my wife and I tried to go to the Firestone 600 IndyCar race at the Texas Motor Speedway. I say “tried,” because a heavy rain downpour hit the track shortly before we arrived and the track crews were unable to get the track to dry due to high leftover humidity levels. The race was postponed to the next day, when it was finally red-flagged for good at lap 71 after a horrific crash involving Conor Daly and Josef Newgarden, followed by yet another downpour. IndyCar officials decided to give up on holding the race that weekend. They scheduled a “restart” for this coming weekend, specifically on Saturday night, August 27th.
And, wouldn’t you know, there’s a 30% chance of rain forecast for race night.
Nevertheless, since we kept our tickets (which are being honored by the track), we’re going to go back and give it one more shot. I look forward to this race every year, and I really hope they’ll be able to run the rest of the scheduled 248 laps (it’s a 600 kilometer race, not a 600 mile race). There’s simply nothing like watching the “rocketships” (as I call them) hit 210+ miles per hour in close quarters oval track racing—even my wife and son are hooked on it. If you’re in the Dallas/Fort Worth area, do yourself a favor and go see it.
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