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I'm hearing Pocono is close, as is the 3rd Canadian race which will be Quebec City. Also that a second Brazil race is in the picture, not Porto Alegre but Brasilia.
One other thing I didn't know was that Texas has in their contract that there can be no other races for a series in the state within 90 days of an event at their TMS. Hence why Houston is so far back, and why Austin would need to be super early in the season if it were to happen.
So possible add-ons at this point would be:
Laguna Seca -- I know, haven't heard much, but it's always brought up
If IndyCar keeps all 15 then add Houston, then Pocono and Quebec you're at 18. Brasilia probably has big money behind it so 19 may not be as far as it seems
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Continuing from my last post (and thinking out loud), let's refresh where we are:
Not official but expected to stay:
So 11 I believe are surely coming back. I know there's been talk about Edmonton on its way out but I think that will be 2014 when the contract runs out. I can't imagine Texas going away unless Austin is brought in (which I doubt), and I think Mikey will do well with Baltimore and keep it on board.
That gets us 13 for sure. Add Houston there's 14, Pocono & Quebec is 16. Then from there in order of likelihood I'd go Ft. Lauderdale, Portland, Kentucky, Austin, Michigan, Laguna Seca. With all that and the question marks of Fontana and Sonoma I'd say there's a strong chance we have at least 16. I think we'll end up with 17-18, and I won't complain.
so Texas would host the start, middle and finish of the season
3 Texas races would lend themselves to a "A.J. Foyt Lone Star State Challenge". The highest average finisher in the 3 races gets the prize, it would be cool because it would have a road race, street race, and oval race....just a thought
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Mar 11 Week Off
Mar 18 St. Pete
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Second, if you're scheduling the Fort Lauderdale race the last Sunday in February, you do realize that's the same day as the Daytona 500 don't you?
Third, why move Barber up a month? One of the knocks on the series has been the lack of consistent dates; Barber has had success on the first weekend in April. It's a foothold in tintop country; why mess with a successful event?
While it would certainly be great to run with the V8 Supercars, I don't think we should make ourselves a de facto support series to do so.
Per Robin Miller three big ovals still in the game
http://auto-racing.speedtv.com/artic...eekend-review/Understand Michigan, Pocono and Kentucky are all still talking about an IndyCar race in 2013 and Texas is looking like it will return so there could be as many as eight ovals on the schedule.
Feb 10 Ft. Lauderdale
Feb 17 (Travel to Brazil)
Feb 23 Brasilia (Saturday before Daytona)
Mar 3 (Travel back from Brazil)
Mar 10 CotA (With ALMS week before Sebring)
Mar 17 Off
Mar 24 St. Pete
I do think this may start a little early and I don't think ALMS could handle a race the week before Sebring. I'll sleep on it.
I know there's all these rumors about Brasila made me think about Autódromo Internacional Nelson Piquet but after looking over recent track day videos on YouTube I'd bet it would have to be a street race. PK track looks like its about $1 million way in renovations away from hosting an Indycar race. The armco is too close to the track in a lot of places, the runoffs are dirt, the walls look low enough an Indycar could jump it. I'm by no means an expert on race track construction but it doesn't meet FIA standards, that much I know.
Based on the current data, if all the negotiations come to fruition and no surprises here's a schedule I hope we see. Other than Houston I don't see any street courses getting on the schedule next year unless some big sponsors come forward. If anything were to happen with Ft. Lauderdale their city council would be talking about it by now. Only Quebec could have been in the pike long enough, but after almost losing Baltimore and losing China I think Randy is a bit gun shy of new street races.
March 3 Grand Prix of Texas, Circuit of the Americas
March 24 Honda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg
March 31 Honda Grand Prix of Alabama, Barber Motorsport Park
April 14 Itaipava Sao Paulo Indy 300
April 21 Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach
May 26 Indy 500, Indianapolis Motor Speedway
June 2 Chevrolet Grand Prix of Belle Isle
June 8 Firestone 550k Texas Motor Speedway
June 16 Indyfest @ The Milwaukee Mile
June 22 Iowa Corn 250 Iowa Motor Speedway
July 7 Honda Grand Prix of Toronto
July 14 Michigan 500, Michigan International Speedway
July 21 Grand Prix of Edmonton
August 4 Honda Grand Prix of Ohio, Mid-Ohio
August 18 Go-Pro Indy Grand Prix of Sonoma
Sept. 1 Grand Prix of Baltimore
Sept. 15 Pocono Indy 500, Pocono Speedway
Oct. 6 Shell Grand Prix of Houston
Oct. 12 California 500, Autoclub Speedway
Still waiting on an answer as to when that big Las Vegas "down the Strip" race is gonna happen.
I like the races but I don't see all those dates matching up.
I hope there would be some way to fill the three week gap between Austin and St. Pete, would they move Sao Paulo up?
I'd personally put the two Canadian races back to back. Then MIS then Mid Ohio.
If Fontana comes back, and that may be a big if, I hope its the finale, JMO but you can't finish the season on a street course, especially one that has little passing.
Since the Canadian races are both street races I'm not sure how easy it would be to move them.
I think California will be back because the league wants to schedule to be out by Labor Day, and so California might have to commit to 2013 before they host the 2012 race
And regarding Edmonton, that part of the airport is shut down now IIRC, so I think moving the race up one week wouldn't be too hard. Teams may need to bring extra carbon fiber, but I think the organizers wouldn't have too much a problem
To all of those who are wondering how we get to 19 races, please recall that the series currently has a contract that the series took a year off from. It would have a lot of scars, but next year would be year 3 of 3 for Las Vegas Motor Speedway...
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