If you have the opportunity to go to the Brickyard this weekend (or any weekend), don’t – unless you’re a member of the glitterati, feting a client, or just a glutton for punishment. On a non-race weekend it may be OK to use the golf course. I was there once – several decades ago – and that experience is still in the top 5 of the stupidest things I’ve done.
I suppose buying tickets to the inaugural Brickyard must be ahead of that on the stupid scale. When I realized my error in judgment, I gave the tickets to my ex, and I don’t mean the person who became my ex, I mean my ex at the time. That’s what it’s worth to stay away from that place.
It’s probably the worst place on the planet to see a race. ( I’ve never been to a camel race in Saudi Arabia.) Here’s an opportunity to give Soldier Field a second race. (See my previous entry.)
My advice is, if you have a free ticket, a friend with a suite, a limo drive to the airport and a helicopter ride to the track, consider going. Then reconsider.
However, if you want a great time and have a desire to see a great race up close, go to IRP (it’s still IRP to me) the night before the Brickyard. If possible, get seats with a good view of the flagstand. Watch Kevin Moss, the flagman, work his magic. It’s worth the price of admission. He’s the best that ever was. (Contact my friend Rick for those seats).