Here is an out of the box suggestion for IndyCar: Offer series naming rights, charge a hefty fee and turn management and operation of the entire series over to the sponsoring entity. The ideal choice: Red Bull. They know how to effectively manage and market action sports entities. They have had a lot of practice and have perfected it.
Think about it. It’s the best of both worlds. IMS still owns it but people who know what they are doing actually run it. All that would be needed is a configuration framework:
-20 annual events, minimum.
-A strict 50/50 balance of oval to non-oval. Ideal schedule would contain 10 ovals (3-4 2+ miles, 3-4 small ovals of 1 mile or less, and intermediates), 5 natural terrain road courses and 5 temporary circuits.
-A schedule that never allows 14 days to pass between events except in May.
-A schedule that never conflicts with football season and avoids head to head with NASCAR.
-Open the specs a little more.
-Work toward higher speeds.
-Make the ladder work and enforce the same 50/50 venue balance despite Dan Anderson’s proclamation that he’s moving away from ovals. That is not acceptable.
Can you imagine how great things might be if the series was marketed coherently? The sport has enough to overcome and is never helped when clueless youth such as Alexander Rossi begin spouting off on topics about which they are completely ignorant. In an interview on some F1 blog this week he proclaimed not to be interested in IndyCar because of the ovals. Fine. Lots of good twisty pilots are too afraid of ovals to drive on them. Not everyone can be a complete racing driver. Rossi says if IndyCar was roads and streets only he might consider it. No thanks. Stick to F1. It needs a good American driver. Scott Speed turned out not to be any sort of savior after all.
Here is where I began laughing out loud: “Rossi admitted ‘I haven’t followed [IndyCar] that much since it split.’ Oh? Does that mean you followed it religiously before your FOURTH birthday when you were 1, 2 and 3? LOL.
“For me in the late nineties growing up I watched Champ Car and for me that was the best championship that there was, for me it was even better than F1. But when they split it ruined it and they lost a lot of fans and people got confused and then it just kind of slid.” Jesus H. Christ on a pony. In the late nineties you were under TEN years old, and the ‘split’ happened when you were FOUR. That kind of disingenuous horseshit drives me nuts. Wonder what bitter older person he copied that line of crap from?
Unfortunately, that type of nonsense is part of the transformation of IndyCar into something that has NEVER been successful. The method I have suggested of stemming this dangerous tide is one way to make it work.