Rocking the Brickyard

We recently suggested that open-wheel racing of the Indy-car variety doesn’t have quite the interest that it once did, back in the days of Andretti and Unser (fathers and sons in both cases). So what do you do if you have the venue for the “Greatest Spectacle in Motor Racing,” a facility so massive that it even contains an 18-hole golf course, the Indianapolis Motor Speedway? photo by Bret Kelly Well, you try to find something else to fill the seats.

We recently suggested that open-wheel racing of the Indy-car variety doesn’t have quite the interest that it once did, back in the days of Andretti and Unser (fathers and sons in both cases).

So what do you do if you have the venue for the “Greatest Spectacle in Motor Racing,” a facility so massive that it even contains an 18-hole golf course, the Indianapolis Motor Speedway?

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photo by Bret Kelly

Well, you try to find something else to fill the seats.

Sure they run other races like the “Brickyard 400.”

But they have huge plans for the Fourth of July because the Indianapolis Motor Speedway will see the Rolling Stones in concert at the corner of 16th Street and Georgetown Road.

Said J. Douglas Boles, Indianapolis Motor Speedway president, “The Rolling Stones concert on July 4 will mark the first time the Indianapolis Motor Speedway has hosted a concert on a non-race weekend.”

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He added, “The biggest band in the world playing at the biggest sporting venue in the world will provide an unbelievable experience for our fans. It doesn't get any better than the Rolling Stones on Fourth of July Weekend at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.”

It is worth mentioning that the Rolling Stones have been performing since 1962.

In 1962, a driver named Rodger Ward piloted an Offenhauser-powered Watson to victory at that year’s 500.

His average speed: 140.293 mph.

Times change. Even if the Stones barely do.