IMS replica racing to Whitestown?

January 12, 2009
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indy1911A group planning to make a movie about the very first Indianapolis 500, is eyeballing more than 200 acres in Whitestown to build a replica Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

Justin Escue, a locally based movie producer, is working to secure financing for the film. He hopes to start constructing the replica track in the spring and begin filming in the fall. Escue’s group also has a deal in the works for a Tennessee company to make 40 replica Indy cars circa 1911. I know, this sounds crazy. But Escue already secured the services of Angelo Pizzo, famed for his work on the movies “Hoosiers” and “Rudy.” Pizzo told IBJ last week he recently finished the screenplay, and thinks the movie has a good chance of getting made.

Escue also was smart enough to procure the services of local track builder Paxton Waters, who has worked on many of the tracks that NASCAR and the Indy Racing League utilize. Waters said he is already studying historical photos and other material in preparation for the project.

Waters said most of the structures will be made of wood, just as they were in 1911, and shouldn’t take too long to construct. Escue added that the structures could be deconstructed after shooting is complete and set up at some other more permanent location, as a memorial to the old days at the track—and of course, as a tourist attraction.

Escue hopes to release the movie in May, 2011, in conjunction with the race’s centennial. To read the IBJ story on the making of the movie, click here.
  • Does this even make sense? considering the apathy that Tony has created for IMS and the League/Series he has now, would folks flock to see this movie?
  • DaHooey in your typical I have to bash every single post and every single comment, do you realize that this would involve more than TG (you realize he wasn't around for that race right?)?

    And to your probable chagrin, I bet 90% of the movie audiences that saw Hoosiers and Rudy probably have never even heard of TG - so I doubt the movie will be boycotted by people like you.
  • I have to agree with Purdue Fan on this one. Pizzo's involvement brings its own fan base. And the story of the 1911 Indy 500, if you've ever looked into it, is pretty darn compelling. In reality, I think it's a much better story than either Hoosiers or Rudy. And it really has nothing to do with Tony, or any of the Hulman-George family for that matter.
  • I agree with Matt. A good story no matter what the basis brings in viewers especially when it is based upon historic occurances. Actually I hope to a certain extent they do not go with or get a big Hollywood star. Sometimes that can be the worst for a film like this. Just like the new Tom Cruise movie about Nazi germany. He is its best asset and worst liability all wrapped into one. As Hoosiers and Rudy have shown they build a following well after they are out of the theatre.

    DaHooey - what in your life has made you such a negative person? Why hide behind a moniker? Stand up and speak with your real name instead of DaHooey. I will credit you on this post, at least your post has risen in written intelligence and no longer contains the sophmore language you have used in the past.
  • Wow! I'm a celebrity on IBJ-blog! woohoo!

    The Pizzo assertion makes sense, and I think it DOES bring itsown fan base. Maybe TG can learn abit from him, ya think?

    i'm mad at Tony for being such a screwup. He killed open wheel, as evidenced by the fact that upon condensing the CCWS & IRL, he's back to struggling to find 18 car grids, lost ABC/ESPN for Vs., and is running 8 year old crapwagons that sound like a pack of farting bees. no one cares about the IRL, and it all happened under TG's watch. The buck stops on his desk, and you all know it.

    And don;t get me started on his loss of the USGP. Yeah Bernie is a schmuck, but that race was fantastic and in one weekend had a bigger economic impact than 3 seasons of Colts games.
  • PHOOEY ON DA HOOEY and you ain't no celebrity!!!

    Yes, Tony is much to blame, but there are many more important than you think you are that are riding on the bandwagon and still use the cars that you in all your brilliance think are so detestable. That was part of what they were trying to accomplish in keeping costs from spiraling out of total control. Last time I checked Dallara's website, they remain a respectable source of car building on a world wide basis and certainly have more to offer the world than your bee-like brain that reduces everytning tied to the IRL as worthless to your and your similarly loony minions, namely Bret, SSD and their ilk.

    Oh yeah, and then you expect TG to cough up $25 million or so for the appeasement of Bernie the stooge. One of these days, Bernie is going to run out of money stops just like NASCAR will and you can't blame that on TG.

    Lighten up, Hooey or shut up. Either way, we all gain!

    Many millions of fans will delight in what the Speedway will put together and I hope that movie is part of it, in spite of TG.
  • To heck with a movie about the Indy 500. Someone should write a movie about berwickguy and DaHooey. Let's let them meet face to face (lubricate them with a few beers) and see what happens. We can throw in CreamCrimson, Stan and Purdue Fan, heck why not Joyce too for good measure. Now that's good theater. Or is it theatre?
  • berwickguy: this baords Danicle Patrick. :lol:
  • At this point dahooey shows his true colors. He is not worth the discussion.

    As far as who would see this movie, who would go see a movie about a bike race at iu? I mean that would be silly. A bunch of college kids riding their bikes around an old soccer field.

    Or how about a movie about a small school in Indiana who wins a 1950's basketball tourney? Who would want to go see that?

    Well considering both are in the top 10 greatest sports movies of all time. But Dahooey would never understand this, it does not fit in his hate filled view of TG and IMS.
  • :lol: Simple question: Has the sport of IndyCar grown or shrunk since King Tony took over? simple yes or no, followed by any comments you would like to leave. That is all.
  • Simple question to Dahooey, what does that have to do with the post? Stay on subject, and quit trying to adjust them to suit your hatred of all things TG. In case you forgot, the post was about a movie about IMS, and more particularly about the 1911 race. I do not think TG had much to do with that race, although I am sure you will find a reason to blame the controversy on him.
  • Well, one thing is for sure. Cart has certainly shrunk since TG got involved. I'm not saying that's good or bad, but I can say it with certainty.
  • Sounds like an interesting story.

    Another Indiana sports movie worth checking out is Madison about unlimited hydroplane racing. This was shown at the Heartland Film Fest several years ago.

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  2. I agree, having seen three shows, that I was less than wowed. Disappointing!!

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  4. Say It Loud, I'm Black and Ashamed: It's too bad that with certain "black" entertainment events, it seems violence and thuggery follows and the collateral damage that it leaves behinds continues to be a strain on the city in terms of people getting hurt, killed or becoming victims of crimes and/or stretching city resources. I remember shopping in the Meadows area years ago until violence and crime ended make most of the business pack you and leave as did with Lafayette Square and Washington Square. Over the past 10 to 12 years, I remember going to the Indiana Black Expo Soul Picnic in Washington Park. Violence, gang fights and homicides ended that. My great grandmother still bears the scares on her leg from when she was trampled by a group of thugs running from gun fire from a rival gang. With hundreds of police offices downtown still multiple shootings, people getting shot downtown during Black Expo. A number of people getting shots or murdered at black clubs around the city like Club Six on the west side, The Industry downtown, Jamal Tinsley's shot out in front of the Conrad, multiple fights and shootings at the skating rinks, shootings at Circle Center Mall and shooting and robberies and car jackings at Lafayette Mall. Shootings and gang violence and the State Fair. I can go on and on and on. Now Broad Ripple. (Shaking head side to side) Say It Loud, I'm Black and I'm Ashamed.

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