I was wondering what schedule you would like to see in the IZOD IndyCar Series.
My big idea:
3/23: Pole Day
3/24: Bump Day
3/31: Homestead-Miami 500
4/20: Pole Day
4/21: Bump Day
4/28: Gateway 500, huge challenge for the drivers
5/18: Pole Day
5/19: Bump Day
5/26: 97th Indianapolis 500
6/22: Pole Day
6/23: Bump Day
6/30: Texas 500
7/20: Pole Day
7/21: Bump Day
7/28: Michigan 500
8/17: Pole Day
8/18: Bump Day
8/25: Pocono 500
What this does:
1. Ends the season before NFL season begins, so the NFL fans can watch our races.
2. It connects every race to the Indy 500 by using the same format, without detracting from the 500 itself. This addresses viewer retention from the 500 to other races.
3. Shortening the schedule reduces costs, and allows for each race to have more prestige and a much higher payout as the TEAM money can be redistributed. Viewership is redundant; the same people watch all the races. Therefore, sponsor exposure doesn't change, and sponsors just need to be creative with marketing the racing image outside of actual on-track presence. This is a modern approach.
4. It connects the series back to its roots and to USAC.
5. It allows the series to focus on promoting bravery, speed, and endurance.
6. The World Endurance Championship is very successful with so few races. This is almost like an oval-based WEC; it has a crown jewel and a bunch of very challenging events.
7. Every race could be on network. Five races are already, what's a sixth, even if it's a time buy?
8. The weekend of qualifying gives time to build hype for each event.
9. Technology can be eased back in, with costs considered, as technologies can be specialized for one type of racing, rather than compromised for many.
I think this is a good way forward for IndyCar. This has nothing to do with the past, even if it is similar. The iPad is similar to the failed Microsoft tablet from 2002, but the adjustments they made worked. These adjustments work and go forward.