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Closing of Brickyard Crossing Inn the end of an era for Speedway

It may be the offseason, but there is still plenty of IndyCar news, starting with the closing of the Brickyard Crossing Inn, some cost saving offered up by chassis maker Dallara, and EJ Viso sticking with HVM Racing, writes John Oreovicz.

Updated: December 17, 2008, 3:30 PM ET
By John Oreovicz | Special to ESPN.com

The end of the line came quickly and unexpectedly this week for an Indianapolis racing industry landmark when the Indianapolis Motor Speedway announced it was closing the Brickyard Crossing Inn immediately. Around 15 jobs were eliminated.

Informally known as the Speedway Motel, the 96-room structure was built in 1963 and was rechristened Brickyard Crossing in 1993 when an upgraded Pete Dye-designed golf course of the same name was opened on the IMS property. Over the years, a ...

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