Just thinking out loud, isn't the series still contracted to run Vegas next year? Or did they buy out of both years?
"I ran in fear, the fear of failure" - Jerry Rice
"Cornering perfectly is like bringing a woman to climax.” - Jackie Stewart
"Driving fast on the track does not scare me. What scares me is when I drive on the highway I get passed by some idiot who thinks he is Fangio." - Juan Manuel Fangio
So the rumors that they won't be racing at Texas Motor Speedway after this year aren't true?
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On a personal note I want the series to return to Vegas because racing has always been dangerous. NASCAR didn't stop racing at Daytona after Dale Earnhardt died, at Watkins Glen after J.D. McDuffie died. Indycar didn't stop racing at California after Greg Moore died or Indy after Tony Renna, Laguna Secca after Gonzalo Rodriguez died, or Toronto after Jeff Krosnoff. I just think a safe, victorious return to Las Vegas Motor Speedway would do the series a world of good.
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Goodbye, Dan Wheldon."
Marty Reid, Oct. 16, 2011
I swear some people on this forum are not Indycar fan but a fan of race scheduling!
Here we are, before the first Indy 500 practice, and people speculating about 2013?
Why not enjoy this season first? actual racing? which should be your primary attraction to the sport?
You don't see baseball forums talking about 2013 season already do you?
I can understand this if it's getting toward the end of the season but we have barely begun 2012!
I think it's time to add a separate forum so that these type of people can endlessly talk about the future schedule, driver signing, team entering etc.
Rest in peace, Dan Wheldon 1978 - 2011
The 2013 IICS schedule needs to be worked on by INDYCAR now because tracks are in the process of setting their NASCAR schedules and any other series needs to work around where that is for any track. So discussing it now is appropriate since it will likely be finalized in September. The future business of racing doesn't stop when the season starts. If there's any possibility that say Ford or Dodge/Fiat/VW wants to come in as an engine supplier, they aren't waiting to see how 2012 plays out before they start making plans.
But since it's coming up. When it comes to scheduling most Indycar fans seem to ignore common sense, geography, traditional track dates for NASCAR and other series when they think INDYCAR will put some place on the schedule.
I don't see INDYCAR having any desire to drop Mid-Ohio in favor of Cleveland because it may well put Savoree/Green in jeopardy of losing a lot of business and that could cost them the Toronto race. Consider that Lanigan had the rights to promote a Houston race since the last one run but until Roger Penske's sponsor stepped up for it he was unable to get it going again. I'm sure Lanigan would be willing to go back to Cleveland but who is he waiting for to drop a title sponsor in his lap for it?
By population it would seem to make sense to have 3 California races but the California sports fan is typically not the most diehard about supporting sports, especially racing. Yes big crowd for the TGPLB, Auto Club Speedway is down to one poorly attended Cup race. I don't honestly see Milwaukee and Road America splitting the attendance pool. If they are separated by enough time, and neither conflicts with NASCAR races at either Chicagoland, MIS or Iowa, which they've done the last few years both had an OW race, I think they could both draw if they both have sponsors.
And the title sponsor issue is an INDYCAR issue. They seem to be working hard, or at least say they are, towards finding one for the new Baltimore promoters. So why haven't they spoken out about trying to find title sponsors for Milwaukee, Road America, Pocono, MIS, Phoenix, New Hampshire. Because from what I see, even if it's limited, a $2 million title sponsor would only put a dent in the expected losses for Baltimore but would probably put any of those other tracks over the top into the black since they came close in the past.
What I wish would happen would be that Michael Andretti would get a foothold this year at Milwaukee as the promoter then approach NASCAR to bring back the Truck, Nationwide weekend. If he could cross promote the two of them it would help the Indycar race.
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"Well most folk heroes started out as criminals"
I haven't found out if Race On/Andretti took over the five year contract or are just doing it on a provisional basis, but it increases Baltimore's chances of coming back in 2013
Honda and Toronto have signed a contract extension for the Honda Grand Prix of Toronto through 2014.
http://www.racer.com/toronto-indycar...rticle/241114/The IZOD IndyCar Series is set to race in Toronto through at least 2014, it was announced at a news conference in the Canadian city on Monday. The conference announced that contract renewals have been signed with the City of Toronto, Honda Canada, Exhibition Place, Tourism Toronto and IndyCar.
we should return to Vegas, it's a discredit to the racers to not go back.
I'll never understand the love affair some have with the Cleveland race....
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