IMS moves might spur development

November 10, 2008
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imsIt’s been a big year for the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and Indy Racing League. The IRL has seen some growth in this season of unification, with more viewers overall for the IRL and a successful motorcycle race for the IMS. The Tony George-led motorsports kingdom also has hit a few speed bumps, most notably a shake-up in its television partnership and a blown engine on efforts to land an IRL title sponsorship.

But George and his lieutenants soldier on with some very important growth plans that could reshape the face of one of the west side's most important landmarks. Plans to upgrade the Speedway-hotel have been moved to the front burner and the heat has been turned up on the idea of moving the Speedway’s museum from the track’s infield to a higher profile spot right outside the track. Leaders of the Speedway Redevelopment Commission think the museum would be a perfect anchor for developments that could make the track—and the town of Speedway—more of a year-round destination.

Momentum on these projects seem to be accelerating, and while IMS officials are typically tight lipped about it, Speedway Redevelopment Commission Executive Director Scott Harris hopes some announcement might come as early as next spring in conjunction with the celebration of the track’s centennial and the announcement of other nearby commercial developments.

For more information and recent developments on this project, click here.
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  • Lot of 'would', 'could', and as the headline says, 'might' in this one. I've always maintained the FTG is an excellent facility manager, and he should have stuck to that. Too bad his power trip now has him wanting to re-route main thoroughfares through the more residential areas around the track. It's really unfortunate that this psychopath has always wielded his inheritance to spread hate and anger. What a jerk.

    Speaking of what a jerk FTG is... Hey Anthony, remember I told you that there was no 'negotiating' with him, and that Australia would be yet another example of that? A1GP is taking over the date. http://www.goldcoast.com.au/article/2008/11/11/22021_gold-coast-top-story.html

    Back to the article subject, since Anton has abused his inheritance to completely obliterate an American tradition, the best use for the facility would be to have it torn down and put a WalMart in its place.
  • Bitter Stan. Always spewing the venom. So sad and so wrong.

    On topic, it is a great deal for Speedway and The Speedway. The museum has always been a hidden gem. I know many people who have been awestruck at the size and first class condition of the track. This could really be a huge attraction for the City.
  • YEe haa!!! HOley mackrel. THAts just waht the track needs. A nice big flophouse so I can have soemwheres to pas out after I drink bout a case of BUds and some WIled TUrky on poll day. Ill bet you can even wach racin in the hotel bar. PRobly have soem rite fine babes in there if you know what I mean. hahahha DANg, cant wate to see waht TOney GOrge will do with next. THAt man just dont never give up. JUst look what he did to open wheel racing. LOok out SPeedway, your nexts.
  • They really do need a new hotel........or at least an extreme remodel.........I've seen nicer Red Roof Inns........
  • Bif# = DaHooey = dufus

    Stan -

    Mr. Always Negative, loves to run down people that he’s envious of. Why, because they have something they are trying to make better, and he has nothing but sour grapes.


    This is a very positive project for the motor speedway, for the town and for Indy.
  • The one thing to note is that this is the brainchild of the Speedway Development Commission. The town of Speedway leaders asked Tony George to consider this to boost the overall development and the development of the town. This project goes far beyond IMS.
  • berwickguy: I am not BiF, I can assure you. But go ahead and make unsubstantiated accusations all you want. Anthony can check our Email addresses and prove it. :D
  • Well, it looks like from what I can see from the back end software we have, DaHooey and BIF are in fact two seperate comment posters. Those comments are certainly coming from two different computers from what I can see of the IP addresses.
  • Must be twin sons of different mothers.
  • What an odd thread.
  • Thanks Anthony.

    There are many, many folks who subscribe to the FTG mantra. its not just a few people.

    You wanna see how bad it can get? check in this time next year when the ReVersus effect has FTG scrambling for 18 cars for his 2010 breakout year.
  • Of course I could post with two different e-mails and two different IP's by using a home computer and a work computer. Not saying they are the same, and they are probably not. Just similar attitudes.
  • Separated at birth. I guess the new museum won't be beside the track? Too bad.

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  1. The east side does have potential...and I have always thought Washington Scare should become an outlet mall. Anyone remember how popular Eastgate was? Well, Indy has no outlet malls, we have to go to Edinburgh for the deep discounts and I don't understand why. Jim is right. We need a few good eastsiders interested in actually making some noise and trying to change the commerce, culture and stereotypes of the East side. Irvington is very progressive and making great strides, why can't the far east side ride on their coat tails to make some changes?

  2. Boston.com has an article from 2010 where they talk about how Interactions moved to Massachusetts in the year prior. http://www.boston.com/business/technology/innoeco/2010/07/interactions_banks_63_million.html The article includes a link back to that Inside Indiana Business press release I linked to earlier, snarkily noting, "Guess this 2006 plan to create 200-plus new jobs in Indiana didn't exactly work out."

  3. I live on the east side and I have read all your comments. a local paper just did an article on Washington square mall with just as many comments and concerns. I am not sure if they are still around, but there was an east side coalition with good intentions to do good things on the east side. And there is a facebook post that called my eastside indy with many old members of the eastside who voice concerns about the east side of the city. We need to come together and not just complain and moan, but come up with actual concrete solutions, because what Dal said is very very true- the eastside could be a goldmine in the right hands. But if anyone is going damn, and change things, it is us eastside residents

  4. Please go back re-read your economics text book and the fine print on the February 2014 CBO report. A minimum wage increase has never resulted in a net job loss...

  5. The GOP at the Statehouse is more interested in PR to keep their majority, than using it to get anything good actually done. The State continues its downward spiral.

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