One of the obsessed kids is floating a rumor that IndyCar is pondering having an IndyCar race on the IMS road course early in May. It seems far-fetched so that must mean IMS is actually considering it. I am sure they have already prepared bullet points and twitter doo-hickeys and such to justify it; e.g., it brings back the month of May, etc., and all that outside research by people who have probably never even attended a race at Indy much less anyplace else probably says it’s a swell idea.
If Miles and crew should ever decide to ground themselves in reality and use actual sense they might want to reconsider any such notion. For starters, the entire point of every IndyCar season and indeed the existence of the series is the Indianapolis 500, which has been diluted and gutted enough as it is. Adding a road race with the same cars in the same month seems foolish. It would not increase attendance for the 500. A road race probably would not draw many fans early in the month either. At best it would alienate loyal fans, particularly if they are forced to pay more for ill-advised stunts.
For the past few years one of the most horrible parts of IndyCar’s schedule is not having an oval race before the 500 and/or having a temporary circuit race well outside the country. Is it not important to try and build momentum into May? Why not schedule an oval race before Indy? Phoenix would be ideal. Perhaps even Kentucky. If I was running the show I would run an early May race outside Memphis on the underutilized track down there and tie it in somehow with Memphis in May and a lead-in to the 500. One entertainment venue that, unlike auto racing, is enjoying tremendous growth is the BBQ cook-off. Memphis has most of May locked up with their legendary party, but not all of it. IMS could guarantee a multi-day party and lots of attendance with a complementary event partner. That is a better idea than running IndyCars on the road course in May.
Whenever the 2014 schedule is announced I hope that Miles and crew will have come to their senses.