(Originally posted on 2015-11-22 as /archives/10609)
I missed this year’s Hollywood Casino 400 NASCAR race at Kansas Speedway.
The thing about NASCAR is this: it is perfect for those who are at the track. TV shows the front runners most of the time, but spectators get to see cars battle for position everywhere: not just in the front. Most super speedways allow you to see all of track from any stadium seat. You can listen to team managers talk to their drivers via a scanner: that you rent or own. That rocks.
Here’s the thing: I bought the tickets, but I missed the race, because of my disability. Here is a quote from my email to Kansas Speedway. I haven’t heard back from them yet. Maybe the email went to the bitbucket?
- The Kansas Speedway parking lot is inadequate for those of us with disabilities.
- Disabled placards are unavailable to people that can walk this far:
- The walk from the end of Talledega Drive to Gate A is over 1.2 miles long (more than 6300 feet).
- Disabled parking at Kansas Speedway is only available to cars with disabled placards. (http://www.kansasspeedway.com/About-Us/FAQ.aspx)
- There is no tram service in the parking lots. (http://www.kansasspeedway.com/About-Us/FAQ.aspx)
I have documentation that proves that I have a disability, but most days I can walk 100 feet, so I don’t have a placard. I cannot walk more than half a mile 95% of the time. I suspect that many other people are in exactly the same situation.
A few days before the race I called Kansas Speedway, and I explained my situation. I was told, “You won’t have any problem, because we have a tram going to Gate A.”
I looked at your map on race day (10/18/2015) and I realized that the tram goes to Gate A, but doesn’t go to the parking lot, so it won’t help. I was unable to walk long distances on race day, so I had to miss the race.
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