Having a Triple Crown won't mean jack squat for TV numbers or ticket sales.
Why do we keep trying appeal to new fans? how about appealing to existing fans? Word of mouth advertising is by far the most effective
"I think there's only so many people that can take care of themselves, and can take care of other people. And the rest of the people … they're useful in terms of compost for the whole planet, you know." - Bill Murray
^ I'll apply when new ownership takes over.
WGI failed to draw a sizeable crowd on the July 4th weekend, they can't have Memorial Day, and Labor day is spoken for. The three day weekend works for travellers, but they don't seem to understand that folks usually have longstanding traditions on Holiday weekends they aren't always too eager to change. That August hole in the schedule the week before a lot of kids go back to school looks mighty nice time for families to visit the Fingerlakes to me.
If it's going to be atriple crown, it needs to be three "endurance" races on the three largest ovals they have: Indy, Fontana and Michigan or Pocono. Winning a 400~ mile race on the 1.5's mean nothing IMHO.
Nothing else has any significance.
If we stop LOSING fans, the fans will bring NEW fans with them.
Don't try to recreate racing thru bad gimmicks and try to sell us that it's still racing. It's NOT, and we are not dumb enough to think it is! The Ken Block gimmicky garbage won't last, stop trying to attract those people. Jump this ramp,alternate "short and long" tracks, circle the trash can....
Whatever, garbage is garbage. Give them more power and get the f out of the way
It's not the perfect analogy, but we have to find a way to get new fans. If the current fanbase was enough, we would see a bigger swing up in attendance and ratings. The racing that we have now is starting to find a grove after years of crappy cars. We need to market this sport as larger than life. It's not about just knowing it, it's about promoting it. It's about letting people know that excitement is happening throughout the season and not just at one track for half a month. I swear if these Canadian races would just try it out with the help of IndyCar they could make it something special for Canadian fans.
I didn't mean it to sound like I didn't thing both races could co-exist. They are seven hours apart. I agree to stay off of the holidays at the glen andgo there a week or two before or after Labor Day.. I spent every fall camping at the Glen for the USGP until I was 16 years old and felt like I had part of my life ripped away when the GP left.
The months of June, July and August are festival and beach season in Western NY people are not going to give up those few weekends up to go to a race. Indycar then screwed the race by putting Toronto with in two weeks of the race. Many of the people in the Buffalo market were forced to pick a race, and it is easier to get to TO then it is to the Glen from Buffalo. I'm not sure if Indycar officials didn't get that we cross the border for dinner here or just didn't get that WGI draws from Buffalo, either way it was a poor decision. Put the race in the early fall and it will do better, just don't go too far into hockey season.