TO THE EDITOR:
Unreal. I never thought the Hulman family would ever sell the speedway! ("Penske buying Indianapolis Motor Speedway, IndyCar," autonews.com, Nov. 4) It is, I am sure, a very large cash cow. However, the NASCAR Brickyard 400 has lost its shine with the fans, and its finances are dull, too. IndyCar, while an incredible series, has a history of troubled finances and is also a financial burden to the company. Thus I can see the need to cut losses and move on.
If Tony Hulman were alive today, he would be very sad to see the sale of his racing crown jewel he built from scratch, taking a rundown and dilapidated race track and turning it into the amazing venue it is today. It was always my dream to own the speedway myself; however, one man could never afford to buy this icon alone. It takes a large and successful corporation like Roger Penske's to own and operate it. If there's any consolation to race fans, it's knowing that Penske and his organization will carry on the traditions of the speedway for many years to come.
MICHAEL O'SHEA, President and CEO, Michael O'Shea Co., Fullerton, Calif.Michael O'Shea Co. provides automotive marketing consulting.