Every once in a while, my work takes me on the road - last week was such a case.
With games in Kansas City and Cedar City, Utah, I had the opportunity to visit two cities (KC and Las Vegas) that the Izod IndyCar Series either races in or used to race in. And in the case of Las Vegas, I think most IndyCar fans would like to see a return to the track.
The Izod IndyCar Series race at Kansas Speedway is the last race prior to the Indianapolis 500, and is currently the only oval on the schedule prior to Indy. This year, it is slated to be run on May 1, on ABC no less. Rumors abound that Kansas would like to add another NASCAR race to its schedule, which already runs there on Oct. 3 this year.
As for Las Vegas, it used to be a staple of the earlier IRL schedule, but the league has not run there since the 2000 season, when Al Unser Jr. took the win after starting 21st. The IRL ran 5 times at Las Vegas Motor Speedway before the Speedway Motorsports, Inc., course stopped bringing the series to town. In return, LVMS now has one NASCAR race, run on Feb. 28, and two NHRA races.
Now, in the interest of fairness, I was in Kansas City, Mo., not Kansas City, Kan., which is roughly 16 miles from downtown Kansas City to the Kansas Speedway. However, for racing fans not staying near the track, downtown Kansas City, Mo., has plenty to offer.
For anyone bringing a family, the College Basketball Experience - attached to the Sprint Center - offers an interactive history of college basketball, with pop-a-shot machines, low-level rims on which to dunk, a tv-highlight simulator and an assortment of other basketball-related activities.