After the Las Vegas Indy Car race two weeks ago there has been a ton of questions asking “should IndyCar ban the 1.5 mile ovals and just go to the short ovals?’ On IndyCarGarage Gary Lee Cox debated this. I am going to give you my answer to this. Yes we don’t want to turn IndyCar into CART of 1995 with no ovals hardly. Now I am going to list the projected IndyCar Schedule by ICG and the resolution of this problem. The ovals are in bold.
March 25: St. Pete
April 1: Barber
April 15: Long Beach
April 29: Sao Paulo
May 27: Indy
June 3: Belle Isle
June 9: Texas doubleheader
June 24: Iowa
July 8: Toronto
July 22: Edmonton
Aug. 5: Mid-Ohio
Aug. 26: Infineon
Sept. 2: Baltimore
Sept. 15: Fontana
Sept. 23: China – tentative
Oct. 14: Las Vegas
What IndyCar should do is obviously keep Indianapolis, keep Texas, keep Iowa, keep Fontana, and add Chicagoland, but dump Vegas. IndyCar needs more than five ovals. Now I am going to list some short ovals and long ovals that should be in consideration.
Autodromo Miguel E Abed- Mexico- 1.25 mile oval: This race track has no history of Indycar racing but it does have history of the NASCAR Corona Series which is NASCAR’s Mexico division. I think this track would be a great fit for early in the season for 2013 perhaps in February or early March.
Burke Lakefront Airport- Ohio- 1.0 mile oval: Yes Champ Car and CART have raced at Burke Lakefront’s airport street course but IndyCar is exploring a street course/oval doubleheader for 2012. I would love to see this in favor of Mid Ohio for next year. Cleveland already has sponsorship in place with Mi-Jack. So its a win.
Milwaukee Mile- Wisconsin- 1.0 mile oval: IndyCar has tried this event over and over again but its a fail every time. Only 10,000 people this year. Its dumped for 2012 but they need to find a sponsor and I could see more people going in 2013. No doubt about it, a great track with tons passing.
Loudon- New Hampshire- 1.0 mile oval: IndyCar revived the Loudon IndyCar race this year. The race was controversal because of the finish but the attendance was down, and it always provides good racing but its a major question mark.
Phoenix International Raceway- Arizona-1.0 mile oval: IndyCar has tried going back to Phoenix for years ever since it left the calendar in 2005. The track president of Phoenix hates the CEO of IndyCar Randy Bernard but the track president needs to wake up and look at the big picture. IndyCar needs to go to Phoenix.
Pikes Peak- Colorado- 1.0 mile oval: IndyCar last visited Pikes Peak in 2005. The track is great and it is designed for IndyCar racing. Pikes Peak is a question mark because it would attract tons of TV but not the attendance factor.
Pocono Raceway- Pennsylvania- 2.5 mile oval: Say it with me everybody F*** This!!
Richmond International Raceway- Virginia- 0.75 mile oval: This was a very successful event for IndyCar from 2001-2009. I don’t really know why IndyCar decided to dump the track. The attendance was up and so was the TV Ratings. IndyCar needs to return to Richmond.
Walt Disney World Speedway- Florida- 1.0 mile oval: The first ever race of IndyCar nneds to returns the track is triangular but it needs to return. The races were bad because of the equipment they ran it in. Plus, everybody loves Disney. Bring it back please.
The Schedule with the new events for 2013.
- St. Pete
- Fort Lauderdale
- Miguel E Abed
- Long Beach
- Sao Paulo
- Belle Isle
- Pikes Peak
- Loudon (with NASCAR)
- Walt Disney
- Road America
This is a very hard topic to dissect but I think this is what the fans would want to have happen.