Every so often some road racing aficionado proposes the idea of having a late season race at Indy using Indy Cars, only on the road course instead of the oval. In theory it is not a bad idea, but it is my fervent hope it never, ever happens. That would be a sacrilegious violation of brickyard tradition.
Here is a better idea: Host a multi-class sports car endurance event with a weekend card of several series; perhaps even including Indy Lights. It does not appear Formula One will be back any time soon, and paying the vig those particular shakedown artists demand is even less likely to occur now that bean counters and loose-lipped greedy siblings have their mitts on the management and the kitty.
If ALMS is still in business next season, they are the logical headliners. If not, leverage the NASCAR relationship to get Grand-Am in there in exchange for an Indy Car road race at Daytona. Make an IMS event a twelve hour affair with the rest of the weekend devoted to lots of smaller series.
I disagree with extreme traditionalists who feel one race a year in May is plenty. That is a quaint notion but unrealistic at this point in history. In a perfect world the IMS racing season would include Indy, the BY400, the MotoGP, the USGP for F-1 and a large event for sports cars. Spread them all out by around a month and a half with the Indy 500 as the season kickoff.
This may seem small, but I would also un-bury the creek that wound its way through turn 1. It has no character running through large underground pipes. Put some trees back. Just a thought. Perhaps I just miss the snakepit. Here’s hoping the new regime keeps going on gentrification of the surrounding ‘hood(s) as well.