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Again, if there were so many rabid Indy Car fans in So. Cal, then Fontana's IC crowds wouldn't have been as pathetic as they have almost always been (especially since so many that attended the Fontana CART races were Marlboro freebies). Fontana isn't that far a drive from the LBC. I know if there was another Indy Car race at a facility an hour away from IMS, that it could probably draw more then 15,000 people. At least, I'd hope that to be the case.
If 170,000 folks actually showed up to watch Indy Cars at Long Beach in April, why wouldn't you make the trek up to Fontana and watch them in October? If you are a big fan of the sport and the drivers, you'd think you would want to watch more then 1 race a year live. Especially if it was in your backyard. That's what race fans usually do. I am guessing that a lot of fans who attend the Brickyard 400, also attend one (if not both) of the Michigan Cup races. I'd think many of the fans who attend the Vegas Cup race also attend one of (if not both) of the Phoenix Cup races. In the olden days, I'd guess many of the fans who attended the Mid-Ohio CART race also attended the Cleveland race.
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I'm sure they are different crowds, with a lot more casual fans at the street races. I think that's sort of the idea. But I was just curious how different. I would think a lot of the IndyCar fans would do both.
Really? Doesn't puzzle me
Convenience, plus more activities. Maybe even more free stuff, too.
CART in their last year in existance did an exit interview at the LBGP. They found out the less than 10% of the group they questioned watched a CART race any other time. This was not a surprise.
Fontana used to draw nice crowds in the 90's during the CART years. BUT...you had Ford, Toyota, Honda, Mercedes, Motorola, Marlboro and other companies BUYING tickets and distributing them.
I remember one race at Fontana, I was in the infield hospitality as the race broadcast started. I could see thru the cracks the end of the grandstands going into turn one. Bob Varsha was the announcer and stated that the grandstands were totally packed with race fans. I let out a big chuckle and pointed to the end of the grandstands where it was totally BARE -- no fans at all. I guess he missed that section.
LBGP is a great event and like many races, the attendence has gone up and down over the years. It is a party and many people are there for the party, not the race or are they die hard race fans.
Most of the race fans have been lost over the years to NASCAR and they are in the midwest and NOT the big cities. The ratings will continue to be weak until the sponsors or the series starts advertising to those fans to win them back. This is not being done. IZOD is a great partner, but they are tied with Macy's and only advertises in major markets. The fans are just not there. Look at the Iowa race. In the middle of no where and the draw a nice crowd.
2. I'm from Indiana and completely disagree with this statement. What Indycar currently has appeals to me, and I can't wait for the aero kits. I wish certain other tracks would be on the schedule, but other than MIS, none are ovals.
I'd rather have 10% of the world interested in the ICS than 50% of US that NASCAR currently has
If Robin Miller said the attendance at Long Beach was about 65,000 on race day (and for the record, he did), does this make the CCWS refugees turn on him as a hater or is he still cool?
It just doesn't matter any more, G.
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-- Eddie Gossage, President, Texas Motor Speedway, ICONIC Advisory Committee & TrackForum member