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November 3, 2010

Additional Compelling Evidence Against Indy Car Temporary Circuit Events

Filed under: The Disciple Blogs — Disciple of INDYCAR @ 12:50 pm

You do not have to look far to understand the big picture futility of trying to race Indy Cars on anything other than tracks for which they are designed. Temporary circuits remain an abomination. Hopefully one day Indy Car will figure that out, then schedule races on real tracks, promote them effectively, and make them exciting every single year.

The Baltimore group that has been blowing hot air up our skirts for months missed an escrow deposit this week. Any mixture of Indy Car with big dreaming promoters and city governments is rarely a wise combination. Millions being spent on improvements for a damned street parade would be much better spent on a REAL track.

Also this week the City of Edmonton may be announcing the Indy Car event on their temporary circuit is cancelled. The big problem is negotiation difficulty between the city and the promoter. It seems not enough money exists to hold the race. In Edmonton’s case, an additional $2.7 million of taxpayer dollars are needed because the city wants to change the course layout to a closed runway that needs to be rehabbed.

Again, the volatile mix of promoter and local government is in play. The solution to prevent what always ends up as fans getting screwed again is to race on, or build, REAL race tracks for race cars to use. Temporary circuits are NOT race tracks. Hopefully messages being sent from Baltimore and Edmonton penetrate the thick skulls of the folks in charge of the sport.


  1. Yeah, but it ain’t just parades. Milwaukee was mismanaged into the ground and is being run next year only because of a financial infusion from Indycar.

    Comment by redd — November 3, 2010 @ 1:24 pm | Reply

  2. While you make good points about how a proper circuit is desirable and they generally have less bureaucratic hassles, temporary street races can be great.
    The Long Beach Grand Prix, Toronto and Surfers Paradise have traditionally been great venues. Granted these were CART or ChampCar races, and the IRL cars are significantly more cumbersome, there is still good racing and a great festival atmosphere.
    Going a step further, Monaco is a classic street race and considered a must win race for an F1 driver. As a fan I would love to see an F1 race at Monaco.

    Comment by mick riggs — November 3, 2010 @ 3:36 pm | Reply

  3. I say just give Nashville their race back.

    Comment by M. Miller — November 3, 2010 @ 3:52 pm | Reply

  4. Please just get over the oval attitude. The reality is that Indy Car is a multiple venue type sport. CART is dead. IRL is dead. Long live Indy Car.

    Editor’s Note: You may be reading in your own conclusion. I don’t see the word ‘oval’ anywhere in the piece. By ‘real race track’ I mean anything that is not temporary. There is no shortage of purpose-built tracks in North America. I prefer ovals but do not mind variety.

    Comment by Pete Van der Goore — November 3, 2010 @ 5:56 pm | Reply

  5. I continue to be amazed by the illiterate that run some of our Cities, with all the information that is available through the INTERNET and Newspaper reporting in Cities that have held temporary street races, San Jose, Phoenix, Las Vegas, Miami, Edmonton, Denver, some Cities are still negotiating with promoters that keep telling them how much revenue a street race will bring to their City, then after the ink drys the City must cut the promoter a check for many millions to make changes that always come up before the track is developed.

    The only street race being held currently that keeps making money is Long Beach, and that race started as a F1 race only to be kidnapped by CART, If Toyota goes away as the sponsor, that race will just become another race that disappeared from the schedule.

    Comment by rosco — November 3, 2010 @ 7:27 pm | Reply

  6. I don’t mind a cancellation if it’s in a country full of illiterate juvenile series haters.

    Comment by The Truth — November 4, 2010 @ 11:49 am | Reply

  7. Le Mans is mainly temporary and Bathurst is completely temporary.

    Would you call those tracks ‘abominations’?

    Editor’s Note: Those circuits are not relevant to this discussion.

    Comment by hates crappies hates gomers — November 5, 2010 @ 9:59 am | Reply

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