-Must schedule around the NFL
-Can’t generally run on NASCAR tracks that have two Cup dates with some exceptions
-Should try to beat all other series to the bell
-Successful scheduling and marketing by IndyCar will need to consist of more than ‘. . . fork over 1.5 million dollars and we will appear.’
-IndyCar must work hard to improve the venue balance. Non-oval predominance is getting ridiculous, and is a historically proven path toward failure.
With that in mind, here is a proposed schedule and rationale:
- Second to last weekend of January: Walt Disney World Speedway (after SAFER installed). Why? It is a week before the Daytona 24 hours. It is the only time of the year Disney would actually like a race there. You would attract a lot of snowbirds in the throes of winter. OVAL.
- Last weekend of January: Run at Daytona just before the 24 hours. Great publicity at minimal cost. NON-OVAL.
- Mid February: The Houston street race. Weather would be better than in mid-summer. Far enough away from Eddie’s race. NON-OVAL-STREET.
- End of February: Try Homestead again because Cup only has one date at the end and perhaps both entities could finally learn how to market a great product. OVAL.
- Mid-March: Circuit of the Americas. It is time. Weather is usually 65-70 and it is far enough away from F-1. Far enough away from Eddie’s race. NON-OVAL.
- End of March: Andy Hillenberg’s Rockingham. Great short oval with SAFER; all classes can run, and it opens up a brand new Iowa-style market. Creative presentation required. OVAL.
- Early April: Barber. Traditional slotting and great partner. NON-OVAL.
- Mid-April: Long Beach. Maintains its normal position. NON-OVAL-STREET.
- End of April: Phoenix. Perfect spacing between Cup events and nice pre-Indy oval. OVAL.
- First of Mary: Memphis Motorsports Park. Opens up a brand new market, is not owned by ISC or SMI, is geographically desirable, has SAFER and is a great short oval on which all classes can run. OVAL.
- Mid-May: IMS road course deal. NON-OVAL
- End of May: Indy 500. OVAL
- First of June: Give Eddie back his first race after Indy status. He deserves it. OVAL
- Mid-June: Belle Isle. Personally I think Detroit is a hopeless cause and these cars actually deserve MIS more, but as long as Roger Penske is alive and Chevy is a partner we will probably have to live with it. NON-OVAL
- First of July: Pocono. What a great addition last year and if the slot stays consistent could be a long term winner. OVAL
- Mid-July: Iowa. Enjoy that great small oval while it lasts. OVAL.
- Late July: Toronto. NON-OVAL-STREET.
- Early August: Mid-Ohio. Great fan attendance. NON-OVAL.
- Mid-August: Milwaukee. Hopefully they continue building this event. Track is as historic as Indy. OVAL.
- Late August: Sonoma. Good money. Great location. NON-OVAL.
- Season climax: Fontana. OVAL.
11 ovals, 7 road courses, 3 streets. Perfect balance.
Other out of the box ideas: Make a deal with ISC that basically states ISC will take their heads out of their asses with regard to Pikes Peak, and IndyCar will stop running there as soon as they get their track built in Denver. That was a great little market for IndyCar, and the area has blossomed both in terms of population and economy since. Weather is nice most of time too.