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Mark Miles: Indy road course would be improved

May 10, 2013, 9:15 PM EDT

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Continuing to think about using the Indianapolis Motor Speedway’s road course for an IZOD IndyCar Series event in 2014, Hulman & Co. CEO Mark Miles has said that improvements would be made to the 2.6-mile circuit if such an event comes to fruition.

According to The Indianapolis Star’s Curt Cavin, Miles isn’t ready yet to commit to the race and has shied away from the idea of tagging it as the season finale. However, he calls the potential event “a solid business venture” and says his organization is willing to put in the money needed to improve the infield section of Indy’s not-so-highly regarded road course, which has hosted Formula One, MotoGP and GRAND-AM (pictured) over the years. The course utilizes Turn 4 and the frontstretch of the Brickyard’s famous oval.

“We will certainly spend money to make improvements, make it a better example of that genre,” Miles said according to Cavin.

Miles also indicated that he’d like to use the potential IMS road race as part of a three-race ending to the season; a three-race “playoff” was one of the suggestions made by Boston Consulting Group earlier this year toward the Hulman-George family on how to raise IndyCar’s profile (although that suggestion did have the IMS road race designated as the season finale).

In particular, Miles would like each of the three races to emphasize the different disciplines of the series — ovals, road courses and street courses — and have more importance overall as well.

“We want to put more points for the championship on those three, we want to have great television coverage, and we want to have more money at stake,” said Miles.

  1. icemanpjn - May 10, 2013 at 9:22 PM

    Meh. The Indy roval is horrible. I hate all rovals because the road portions are always so generic and stale. They’re clearly just plugged into the infields as an afterthought. The only roval I’ve half-way liked is a fictional one in Forza Motorsport.

  2. wallio - May 10, 2013 at 10:14 PM

    The Indy rival had one thing going for it, it was hard to set-up for. The long blast made low-downforce a must, but the hairpins meant you needed some wing. Otherwise, I agree: meh.

  3. midtec2005 - May 16, 2013 at 10:42 PM

    They should improve it by bulldozing it and turning into parking for the 500.

  4. drylake - May 17, 2013 at 1:14 AM

    Leave it for a club track

  5. purplesectornet - May 17, 2013 at 6:24 PM

    Why would you devalue the 500 like this…very dumb idea. Do an endurance sports car race or something…IndyCars should run the oval only…duh…

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