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An IndyCar road race at IMS in 2014?

Apr 19, 2013, 8:39 PM EST

Yamaha MotoGP rider Spies of the U.S. leads Honda MotoGP rider Pedrosa of Spain and Yamaha MotoGP rider Lorenzo of Spain during the Indianapolis MotoGP AP

Citing the benefits of racing in front of its home fan base and lower costs for the locally-based teams, Hulman & Co. CEO Mark Miles appears to be mulling a potential 2014 IZOD IndyCar Series finale on the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course.

According to Curt Cavin of The Indianapolis Star, Miles is in favor of such a race going down in either August or early September of next year. The 2.6-mile road course layout at the Brickyard currently plays host to MotoGP (pictured) and GRAND-AM, and was the home of the Formula One United States Grand Prix from 2000 to 2007. Cavin also writes that Miles is interested in creating a batch of international events.

“The question is, how to align [the schedule],” Miles said to The Star. “And then, it’s the execution of it.”

A season-finale on the IMS road course was among the suggestions made in early March by Boston Consulting Group on how to improve IndyCar’s overall presence for the future. The road race was listed as part of a proposed three-race playoff that also featured Texas Motor Speedway and the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach, which runs this weekend.

As for the prospect of international races, that was part of an idea from BCG to split the IndyCar schedule into a 15-race North American tour (April to August) that would determine the championship and an overseas campaign for the off-season.

Meanwhile, sources have told the Indianapolis Business Journal that Miles has recently offered the job of INDYCAR CEO to Just Marketing International’s Zak Brown and is awaiting a decision. Miles has declined to comment about specific candidates that are being considered.

  1. Matthew - Apr 19, 2013 at 9:02 PM

    Reblogged this on The Open Wheel and commented:
    Considering how good the past few seasons have been in terms of racing, why change it up just to please the media mavens out there? In addition…maybe its’ just me but Indycars should ONLY race at the Brickyard during the month of May. Some things should still be sacrosanct in this world and one of them is an IndyCar race at the Brickyard; there’s already one, the Indianapolis 500, and that should be the ONLY Indycar race at IMS, period.

  2. mcmillang2013 - Apr 19, 2013 at 11:39 PM

    I don’t know what took them so long to consider this. I think Indy Car should race in Indy as much as possible. Sometimes change is good. Remember, Indy car was bigger than NASCAR. Good Start!

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