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October 30, 2009

Indy Car: Equal Opportunity for Asia?

Filed under: The Disciple Blogs — Disciple of INDYCAR @ 2:12 am

Better Not Mess with ChinaBigger in TexasSomebody found a news flash about a potential Indy Car race in China. Some publication called ‘China Car News.’ It appears they have grandiose notions, kind of like Texans.

‘Indycar, the American motorsport that nobody other than Americans really watch, is pondering an entry into China in 2011 to garner Chinese fans.’ Oddly, I am told Americans do not watch either.

‘Indycar’s cars are much like F1’s with large wings, and prominent airboxes, except Indycars mostly go around in circles rather than giant tracks with tight corners and long flat straights.’ Not anymore. Sadly. There are more non-ovals than ovals, and the number dwindles every year.

.The info regarding a 2011 street race was posted to Wikipedia:

The league is exploring a race in Qingdao, China. A 2011 event would be a street race, and move to a proposed 500,000-seat oval for 2012.’ Oh 500,000 seats, huh? LOL. On the other hand, given all the money we send their way they could probably do it.

‘The 2011 race is also mentioned on Qingdao’s own Wiki page:

Street Racing is ToxicIndyCar Series commercial division president Terry Angstadt has mentioned Qingdao as a possible venue for a second race in Asia after Twin Ring Motegi, Japan.[10] There are plans for a 400,000+ seat purpose-built course to be opened in 2011 or later. Angstadt has suggested that the series may race in a street circuit while the facilities are under construction.’ Talking Terry again. Wonder whether it is Terry doing the talking or someone putting words in his mouth? Either is possible. Better hope they get that oval built before they figure out how badly they will get screwed on a street circuit deal.

‘The USAtoday quotes Indycar’s commercial director, Mr. Terry Angstadt, as saying: Angstadt said the series hopes to have a Chinese driver in that race and has already identified three potential prospects that could soon compete in the developmental Indy Lights series. Under consideration is Qingdao, which hosted the Beijing Olympics sailing.’ Yeah, that would be as compelling as the Olympics alright.

‘Formula One currently have a track in Shanghai, and has gained quite a following in China, with CCTV5 televising the race either live or pre-recorded (when they choose to show the national badminton championships instead), an Indy street race would certainly be more exciting for the average viewer should it choose to enter China.’ Let us not count chickens before they hatch.

We have enough unrealized potential in the United States. Why not exploit that effectively first?

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4 Comments »

  1. Well, to be fair, if your going to Japan, might as well get another race out of the trip. However, I’d rather see Surfers Paradise added back, it’s one of the better street courses. Or, use Suziki and/or Fuji

    Comment by dylanpt24 — October 30, 2009 @ 2:58 am | Reply

  2. This is what is killing the IRL. A street race in china??????/ Recruit chinese drivers????? Lets not stop there. Perhaps Obama’s half brother in kenya can drive a car. Imagine that headline. Obama vs. Patrick. The African Black versus the Lady. Hey, that’s all about racing, isn’t it.

    What idiots run this league???? Amazing, simply amazing. Why not turn some of the race cars into floats so we can really enjoy the street parade! I know, something to honor diversity.

    I feared reunification would destroy the IRL. Sorry Defender, it’s this stuff that is doing it.

    The Indy 500 and a bunch of swill parade races. The IRL is becoming a joke.

    Comment by Bob F. — October 30, 2009 @ 12:49 pm | Reply

  3. This China talk seems a little much for me now since we don’t even know if the Rio race is on. With these bits of news being leaked such as title sponsor and the Brazil race, I sometimes wonder if these bits of news are placed leaks from officals to stir up good news.

    My heart tells me no but my head is asking “what’s up?”.

    Comment by Mike Miller — October 30, 2009 @ 2:08 pm | Reply

  4. Versus Pays $6m a year for the broadcasts
    Izod a Reported $10M for series sposnsorship of which $100k goes to each team in an expanded TEAM program
    At one point
    Brazil was $20M for Apex involvement and a race with $250k going to each team in the TEAM program

    Suppose china were another $20M with $250k to the team program.

    Finally, the league would be fully funded, the TEAM programm approaching $2m per car and finally both would be able to focus on the product at home…

    Payin the rent baby, payin the rent…

    Comment by JP — October 30, 2009 @ 6:35 pm | Reply


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