The Indianapolis Motor Speedway and Indycar are defining parts of Indiana and the state’s history. The Hulman family, who has owned the track since 1945 and the IndyCar series, have sold the famous landmark and the IndyCar series to Roger Penske. I think that this is quite possibly the best thing to happen to the series and track since the creation of the Indy 500.
Penske is one of American motorsport’s most prominent team owners having a record 18 Indy 500 Wins and numerous other championships and victories in some of America’s leading motorsports, it is easy to say that he knows what he is doing when it comes to racing. When I first heard the news, I thought it was a joke, but then more and more news outlets started posting about it, and I realized that something great was happening. Penske is not afraid to try something new, and it might take him a couple of tries to do it, but normally he will get it right and create something extraordinary. He is already talking about a 24-hour race being held at the Speedway and bringing in other racing series to create an atmosphere that has not been seen at the Speedway in decades.
Needless to say, the hype is real; he has owned the track and series for a very short time and talks about making the overall fan experience greater, updating the grandstands and better concessions have started. He will make IndyCar a family experience, hoping families will drive hundreds of miles just to watch and he will return American Motorsports to the top. He is going to make the overall experience at IMS greater for the fans which means the drivers will have a greater experience and make the racing even more fun to watch.
For the first time in decades with the exception of the 100th running of the Indy 500, we might see a packed house for the Indy 500. He might even give the title of The Greatest Spectacle in Racing to another event, something more grand, something more thrilling than the Indy 500.
I believe he will reinvent racing at IMS, the Indy 500, the IndyCar series, and he will make it great again.