What recession?

Posted by Iannucci | 4/24/2008 | 5 comments »
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Looks like all of a sudden folks are scraping the bottoms of their wallets to scare up some tickets for IndyCar races.

Fritz figures his track (Richmond International Raceway) got a 20 percent goose in ticket sales from Patrick's captivating fourth-place finish at Indy in'05. Patrick figures everybody makes out, starting with this week's race in Kansas.

"I think that it would be a rational thought to think there would be a bump right after and it would hopefully increase," Patrick said yesterday. "There's a chain reaction. It's not just about me, it's about finding out about the league. I hope it keeps growing."
- Richmond Times Dispatch

"The momentum is spectacular," she said. "As for ticket sales (for Mid Ohio Sports Car Course), from what I'm hearing from our call center, they're excited about what's coming." - Mansfield News Journal

Danica Patrick’s historic IndyCar Series victory this past weekend in Japan has fueled a huge spike in ticket sales at Infineon Raceway for its upcoming Indy Grand Prix of Sonoma County weekend, Aug. 22-24.

The raceway’s ticket sales department enjoyed an increase of more than 400-percent for the first three days of this week (Monday-Tuesday-Wednesday), as compared with this same time period last week.
- WhoWon.com

Now, if they can just do something about these hideous shirts (less is more, people) they might finally be turning the fiscal corner.


  1. Jennifer of Dog.Yarn.Knit. // April 24, 2008 9:06 AM  

    I could not agree more about the t-shirts!!!!!!!! So many of the driver's shirts are nasty. They are so NASCAR. No thank you.

  2. John Edward // April 24, 2008 9:11 AM  

    you know i've said it before, but it's like the stars are all in alignment for one of the best indy 500's in 20 years... maybe since AJ won his 4th in '77, or kelly petillo in '35 (well, ok, maybe petillo's win in 35 is a stretch...) ;)

    i haven't been this excited about going in years... the buzz is incredible...the only thing missing will be Mr. Hulman, and Tom Carnegie's voice.

    do i sound excited? i should... i'm already obsessing on every little thing that could go wrong that would keep me from my month of may and my 38th indy... i'm already half-packed... ;)

  3. Johnny // April 24, 2008 9:50 AM  

    Haha, those shirts aren't even NASCAR, they're like dirt late model. Couldn't they have squeezed something in on the sleeves?

  4. Jenna // April 24, 2008 10:58 AM  

    That shirt-ugly. My favorite shirt- Sharp's Patron shirt from last year.

  5. Anonymous // April 24, 2008 9:53 PM  

    at leadt there is MORE merchandise than there was at this point last year !