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when NASCAR announced they was holding a open test at the Indianapolis motor speedway in 1993 the racing world was delighted "stock cars at Indy" and by the way the open test went as planned

Ims offered a million bucks  to the winner however NASCAR said no because it would jeopardize their super bowl of racing the Daytona 500   the prestige of winning the brickyard 400 became parallel  with winning the  Daytona 500 and honestly I believe it was good for the sport however  others may not have felt the way I did

attendance for the brickyard 400 surpassed the Daytona 500 for several years a lot of money was being made by both NASCAR and the Indianapolis motor speedway everything looked fantastic car counts was fantastic and NASCAR even inserted a week off before the brickyard 400 and a total extra day of practice

The 2008 race was deemed a "disaster" for NASCAR, Goodyear, and Indianapolis.   Due to the new Car of Tomorrow, the surface at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, and problems with Goodyear tires, NASCAR was forced to throw competition cautions every 1012 laps; an average of just 9 green flag laps were run during the race. Tires started to explode if the race was allowed to continue past that distance. Even at that distance, tires were down to the cords/nylon base. At the end of the race, every tire that Goodyear had brought to the track for the weekend had been used and were no longer usable. this race destroyed the  brickyard 400 in my opinion 

The race was starting to rival the Daytona 500 in terms of the biggest race of the NASCAR season before the tire problems at this race. Since this race, attendance has dropped from a 257,000+ sell out to an estimated 100,000 at the 2010 race. By the 2013 race, the last year NASCAR tracked attendance, it dropped to 70,000.

as the attendance dropped I am quite sure NASCAR demanded their part of the action and I am quite sure the brickyard 4oo was a losing proposition for the  Indianapolis motor speedway

for the next 8 to 10 years the Brickyard became the question of the year was this the last brickyard 400 ? the prestige of the driver kissing the bricks was still there however the fans sure was not rumors started that IMS was going to install lights and run it at night however nothing prevailed

then in 2019 the Indianapolis motor speedway was sold to a very sharp business man by the name of roger Penske  then after that the covid-19 pandemic hit the united states and the first three races including last years brickyard 400 was ran in front of empty grandstands

before the ink was dry on the Indianapolis motor speedway contract Penske entertainment decided to drop the brickyard 400 and replace it with a race on the road course and call it the Verizon 200 at the Brickyard

your writer believes this is the only way the Indianapolis motor speedway and NASCAR can save having a race at the Indianapolis motor speedway Penske whom owns a NASCAR cup team is in full support of the race

your writer believes the future of racing is on the road courses  however I believe if this is a flop nr will shake hands with the Indianapolis and not return to the racing capital of the world

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