And the series needs so much work.
Watching the sports on WLS TV, ABC Chicago Jim Rose had a story with video of the pace car announcement and on the FOX 32 news at 9 on the crawl at the bottom of the screen was Jean Alesi former F-1 driver entering the 500.
With all the Lotus dropping teams, Dragon lawsuit, BHA, D&RR being absorbed by Panther, Jay Howard, Turbogate I saw nothing reported on but things directly related to the 500, even off the track things of minor consequence, they get noticed. There was a two sentence mention in the Tribune about Chevy pulling their engines and the ten spots. While here we see so much going on mostly that interest in Indycar doesn't extend beyond Indianapolis and the existing fans.
For people NOT in Indianapolis it would be interesting to find out how much of the goings on, controversy etc. drew any notice from your local media, current race market or not.