After hearing some (SOME, not ALL, so forgive me if this was covered) of the ideas on WindTunnel, here's a relatively straight-forward method of including auto racers, who are 'official athletes' now, in the Olympics.
With all due respect to American sprint cars and short tracks, High-performance go-karts on a road course are the idea apparatus for Olympic drivers.
Go-karting is a global form of amateur motorsport, and road courses are more common than ovals worldwide, yet there is plenty of US talent already involved in that discipline. Most of the world's drivers cut their teeth in karting which is fairly standardized before graduating to specialized motorsport like open-wheel, sports cars, or touring cars (possibly NASCAR for Americans).
What better way to announce oneself to prospective professional teams than to win an Olympic Gold Medal in karting, the top prize of amateur motorsport.
What are your thoughts?
P.S., I put this thread here on the biz board to be noticed by various racing fans here on TF.