Folks, I am VERY happy to pass along the word that the venerable Sunshine Speedway in St. Petersburg, Florida, long the home of the Gulfcoast Classic and the breeding ground for God alone knows how many amazing drivers, has passed into the hands of Robert Yoho, driver and, now, benefactor. It’s hard to imagine the fan interest on opening night, but if there’s not an absolute turnaway crowd I will be amazed. This is one of those all-too-rare stories in racing that fans everywhere rightly ought to celebrate. Once at Eldora Speedway I saw a guy wearing a T-shirt that read HERE’S A GOOD IDEA….TEAR DOWN A MALL BUILD A RACE TRACK. I love that. In fact, that strip-mall where Heidelberg Raceway used to stand strikes me as ripe for Caterpillars and renewal.
But in the case of Sunshine Speedway (or whatever it’ll finally be called), there’s no need. It was never torn down in the first place. And now we know it will again find use as a race track. The history speaks for itself; all you have to do is Google the name and you’ll see it for yourself. some of the greatest drivers in racing history have driven there, and now we’re about to be treated to the generations succeeding them. Personally, I can’t wait. Honestly, I plan on going at some point, with my daughter and her two kids, just to have that generational experience of passing on this singular tradition. The boys will absolutely love the loud engines and the way the ground shakes beneath their small feet. They’ll look up and—I swear—I believe they’ll say “Grampy, this is cool.”
Which it absolutely will be. More news from this small space as well as many others.