• Dec 21, 2008
The Brickyard Crossing Inn came to be known as the Speedway Motel, and back when it was built 45 years ago, there wasn't another hotel in sight. Now there are 30,000 hotel rooms in the vicinity -- many of them much, much newer -- and it's been decided by the powers at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway that the Speedway Motel just doesn't have a place in the modern world. After a year of deliberations, they concluded that bringing the establishment up to modern standards would simply cost too much, so the hotel has been closed and its fifteen workers sent home for good. Our guess is that turning it into a museum where Paul Newman's Winning was filmed, Jeff Gordon ate pizza to celebrate his 1994 win at the Brickyard 400, and a number of unmentionables happened simply wasn't compelling enough. The building will be razed in a few months (sparing the pub, restaurant, and pro shop), and nothing new, as yet, is planned.
[Source: Motor Trend | Photo: MotelPostcards.com]


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      James
      • 6 Years Ago
      ya know...I've sat back long enough and watched Nascar do nothing but sit back and wreak in the money. The organization has destroyed the sport and everything around it just to make a buck. Happened in Danbury, CT 28 years ago so they can build a mall that's now being sold due to "bad economy" Happened in Dover with the Dover Slots. Happened in Texas so they can build a multi-million dollar hotel that's only open for 2 months out of the year. So here we go again, destroy another racing landmark so you can build something more modern.

      Here's what I say...THE BIG 3 AUTO MAKERS ARE IN TROUBLE??? Go to Nascar, go to NFL, NBA, MLB.....Stop robbing from the american people and our hard earned tax dollars, and stop destroying our national landmarks. Get your money from these big sports businesses and let us, the consumers live our life and enjoy wealth.
      dave
      • 6 Years Ago
      What none of you are taking into account is, the Motel is losing MONEY. As for the historic people,,,, so what,,it is owned privately. nobody should be forced to keep there property as is,just because it is older and has a past.... Should they keep the Waffle house, because people ate there,,,,,NO

      When a building is outdated you bring it down and start fresh.You want the Motel to remain, yet the track has under gone changes many times over.

      thats my view.
      • 6 Years Ago
      NO,No you cant do this. I grew up there. Skipping school to go to the track. Going into the pit, getting a tan playing Freizbee. meeting people who are now friends, I have to this day. We were young and dumb, Halter topes and Bellbottom jeans. You could book that hotel full if you did not charge a arm or leg. We were there when they were there. We just wanted a good time and they wanted us to have that. You cant take it away. I Met Charlie Daniels there. The pit was always open. Go back to the old days. When people had love and Peace in there hearts. Open the Pit back up. The kids today are as Peace loving as we where. Give them a chamce to meet people that will be in history. I met more than a few. That hotel could be booked 24- 7 if you would let it be.

      Im a Montanian I was born here but High school there was the Indy 500. You really need to look at what people hold dear. The answer is there. I pray that the closing wont happen. Look past your waltes, pride and money. When you do thats when it will be ginen to you.


      Paj from Moorsville Ind.
      Connie
      • 6 Years Ago
      Closed for good? Funny ...we just went past there not 2 hours ago and I saw the maid service was just exiting a room. Several cars were in the parking lot as well.
      Maybe they are going to close it,but it isn't yet.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Romance aside, the Speedway Motel essentially looked like strip mall. It was a hole. A historic hole, maybe, but not significantly better than any late '60s Holiday Inn.

      If a newer, nicer building was put in its place, it would be no great loss. As long as the White Castle is still handy, and the cars can be heard in the distance, the vibe is worth more than the nostalgic smell of Old Motel.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Anybody notice how you don't see too many historical buildings in this country? Nobody seems to care about history any more.

      Let's just make the entire country one gigantic strip mall.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Interesting how you say there are no historical buildings in the US considering the buildings where I live in Los Angeles and New York are both historical landmarks.
        Jim
        • 6 Years Ago
        Try visiting one of your National Park Service sites. There are around 500 of them across the country including Guam, Saipan, Samoa, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. If that is not enough, try visting your state parks and historics sites or your county and city historic landmarks. There are a lot of them thanks to all the preservation organizations.
        • 6 Years Ago
        "Don't it always seem ta-go, that you don't know whatcha got til it's gone ....... pave paradise - put up a parkin' lot !!!"
        JIm Lee
        • 6 Years Ago
        Ask your favorite doctor about strip malls, It seems that quite a few of them find them a great avenue to invest in
        • 6 Years Ago
        Has anyone ever asked us if we actually LIKE strip malls? I loathe them.
      Elvis Startermotor
      • 6 Years Ago
      I think we should simply dismantle it and sell it to the Japs or the French or the Germans or the Swedes. After all they seem to have a greater appreciation for our 50's Motor culture history than any of us here do. This is the time I would like to have unlimited financial resources as I'd buy it and turn it into a Brothel. I'd call it the Indy and Outy, or the Pump and Munch 500. Oh yeh and instead of callin them Hookers we could call them Pin Up Mistresses Of Sin.........WoooooHooooooo!
      HAMMLARR
      • 6 Years Ago
      First, as a avid lover of history, I am saddened that any historical object whether it be a battle field, building, ship, plane crumbles to the earth then is erased by a stroke of pen. My family are members of the national historical parks system though we don't make large donations other than our initial membership fee 'WE DID CONTRIBUTE'! This brings me to my second issue, if so many of you NASCAR fans truely love the 'SPORT' and what it means to you and others, may I suggest a 'Save the Brickyard Speedway Inn' foundation! I don't know how many NASCAR fans there are nationwide but I do know that when Texas Motor Speedway host 2 NASCAR events here there are at least 180,000 per event so, with that in mind a $1 contribution well, do the math. I don't know what it would cost to save the inn but my main issue here is let's just see how much the sport and anything related to the sport means to YOU the die-hard NASCAR fan! Though I dropped from the NASCAR fan ranks many years ago and though I was recently laid off from my job I would contribute to such a foundation just to prove my love for history.
      BILL
      • 6 Years Ago
      I HATE MODERN BUILDINGS.
      laur
      • 6 Years Ago
      My Ex & I use to travel down Route 66 in the Mid 80's. I took tons of pix, met wonderful people & have great memories. It's a shame that Historic Buildings get razed so the annoying strip malls & same old fast food junk invades every town everywhere. People just fly by on that sterile Interstate, have the truckers to keep them company & drive like zombies. There were a bunch of ruins when I went, & the towns & cities are trying to save some of the classics. It's always about the money. Stop. Slow down & talk to the old timers. They have many stories to tell.
      Joyce
      • 6 Years Ago
      I live in Indy, I not only go to the Indy 500 festivities during the month of May. I also go to the Brickyard 400 festivities. I have never stayed in the Speedway Motel, Nor would I ever consider it. We always take the camper and stay in the Coca-Cola lot. That's where the party is. Old and Young. It's a Blast!!!! You can also stay in the Lions Lot which is adjacent to the Coke lot. The motel is old and ran down. It would take millions to get it up to todays standards. I don't blame them for tearing it down. Perhaps one day they will build a new hotel. However, I doubt it. The location does not warrent a hotel except during race months. Even if the new hotel were to be booked solid during race months this would not be enough revenue for the entire year. Looking at the business side of the Hullman's decission I can't blame them and I would do the same thing. If any of you get a chance to visit Indy during race months take advantage of it. We know how to party, race and entertain. You will be pleasantly surprised. It doesn't even have to be race month. We have alot to offer in Indy year round. We are a bopping state!!! Don't forget, GO COLTS!!!!
      • 6 Years Ago
      It's the Brickyard 400 & not the 500.
        Fremont
        • 6 Years Ago
        Who said it was the 500? The race may be called one thing, so the hotel might be called the other.

        I don't know, nor do I really care. Aside from seeing cars crash into each other and wreck - I don't watch races. My brother does, but I don't.
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