Indy out as sponsor for Disney World 'Speedway' ride?
Written by Robert Niles
Indy Car racing fans at SpeedTV have noted that the Indianapolis Motor Speedway appears to have dropped its sponsorship of the Tomorrowland Indy Speedway at Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom. One poster notes that Disney is dropping the "Indy" name from the attraction, on which visitors - usually kids - drive two-seater mini cars around a road-course track. (Disneyland fans know the ride as "Autopia," though the cars and layout are different on the west coast.)Tweet
The Disney website still lists the "Indy" name on the attraction. The Indy Racing League recently merged with the rival Champ Car series, reunifying open wheel racing in the United States. Those whose memories go back more than 12 years might recall that Indy car racing used to be bigger, much bigger, than NASCAR in the U.S.
That said, I always thought that the Indy branding was a bit weird for this ride. Indy cars are single seat, open wheel cars (no fenders) and the Indy Motor Speedway is an oval, not a road course. So Indy looks nothing at all like the Tomorrowland ride.
Anyone on the scene in Orlando have a report?
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