Columnist nails it: How IndyCar became a big hit in ‘Bama

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There are sports columns that are so bad that readers stop reading after the first paragraph or two – sometimes even after the first sentence.

Then there are sports columns that absolutely hit the target dead-on.

Huntsville (Ala.) Times columnist Mark McCarter falls into the latter category. His column on Barber Motorsports Park and this past weekend’s IndyCar race there absolutely, positively nailed it – with some good-natured humor thrown in.

From the headline, a reader is immediately drawn in: The preposterous notion of an IndyCar race in Alabama turns out to be a rousing success”

You can click on the headline to read the whole column, but we’d be remiss if we didn’t repeat the best part of McCarter’s outstanding piece of prose:

Just as (track founder/builder George) Barber envisioned, (Barber Motorsports Park) also was a magnificent racing venue for the daredevils on two wheels and those expensive, sleek sports cars that make so many cameo appearances in mid-life crisis dreams.

But IndyCars?

C’mon.

Too tight. Can’t pass. Too many elevation changes.

And, besides, didn’t anybody look at a map?

It’s Alabama, for cryin’ out loud.

It’s Talladega territory, the sole – and soul – of NASCAR’s Southern footprint. This is where kids are taught to count, “One … two … Earnhardt … four…”

But, look here. The Honda IndyCar Grand Prix of Alabama is in its fifth season. It’s still a hit.

Indeed, IndyCar racing continues to be a big hit and success deep in the heart of Dixie, and will likely keep doing so for many more years to come. Who knew?

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