The previous question was asked concerning Indycar racing specifically. This one would be specifically NOT for Indycars, but for open wheeled cars on superspeedways.
As I've said, I am convinced that the cost of the cars or even the engines are not significant costs when compared to current Indycar budgets. And I am wondering if fatlantic will convince me that less expensive open wheel superspeedway cars are not feasible.
So what if we allow that the cars are going to cost $200K and the engines will cost $50K and will probably need 3 of them, then what are we looking at from there. Do you think there is a market that will support a series where the annual budget is $1.2 million. The cars would be the same cars and have the same hp, so they would perform the same as the current ones.
Primary sponsors would be in the $800K range with secondary sponsors around $400K. That would pay all of the expenses for equipment, salaries, tires and fuel and personel expenses for 30 races. Any income from purses would be in addition to that.
This would pay a driver $150K, a crew chief $100K and 5 crew members $50K each. It would cover motels and meals for the crew as well as fuel to get to the tracks.
That $800K would only be 10% of what a top IRL team or a bottom Sprint Cup team costs. 15% if a sponsor chose to fully fund the team.
Do you think an entry field of 40-50 cars for a starting field of 30-40 cars would be feasible? Do you think 30K people would pay $30 average for tickets? That would be a $450K purse which would cover $9-10K per race per team.
This series would make no claims as being top level, only that it would have full fields and exciting races.
Would you want a driver to have to have oval short track experience to run?