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Report: Vote on potential IndyCar road race at Indianapolis could be near

Sep 23, 2013, 7:10 PM EDT

Ryan Briscoe AP

Hulman & Co. CEO Mark Miles is expecting a vote from the company’s board on a potential 2014 road race for the IZOD IndyCar Series at Indianapolis Motor Speedway before the end of the month, according to Michael Marot of The Associated Press.

Rahal Letterman Lanigan’s Graham Rahal and Panther Racing’s Ryan Briscoe tested earlier this month on various configurations of IMS’ 2.6-mile road course in order to provide series and Speedway officials with feedback on how to raise its on-track product.

Miles has said that should an IndyCar road race take place, the circuit – originally created for Formula One and now currently hosting the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship and MotoGP – would undergo an upgrade.

The 2014 IZOD IndyCar Series calendar has yet to be fully revealed, although the Pirelli World Challenge recently announced that five of its 2014 events will be run in conjunction with the IndyCar contingent: St. Petersburg, Long Beach, Belle Isle/Detroit, Toronto and Mid-Ohio.

The potential addition of an IMS road race to the IndyCar schedule has met with mixed reaction but in his comments to the AP, Miles insisted that his focus remains wholly on the fans – both old and new.

“We care about all of our customers and about bringing in new customers,” Miles said. “This idea is part of a bigger plan to bring more people out here in May.”

Additionally, Miles indicated to the AP that there were “prospects” for title sponsors of the road race. Landing one of those would certainly please both IndyCar and IMS, which is seeking to increase revenue from its road-racing events.

  1. hoosiercolts - Sep 23, 2013 at 7:50 PM

    I’m a big fan of this idea. Get the road course up to par with others. Two races at The Speedway in the same year can’t be a bad thing.

  2. prov1x - Sep 23, 2013 at 9:18 PM

    Agree. Been to 41 500’s, would love to see this happen. Indycar has an open window to regain fan momentum with all of the BS going in in NASCAR.

  3. bikesgonewild - Sep 24, 2013 at 3:55 AM

    …i’m throwing in with the idea too…re-engineer the course to fit the indycars & run the race early-ish in the month of may & despite the different car configurations for road & oval racing, the haulers, drivers, mechanics, engineers, support personnel & more importantly, the interest is all there…
    …it all depends on the weather…(& keeping tony george locked away in the basement all month)…

    • snoopyo - Sep 24, 2013 at 2:33 PM

      bikegonewild I agree with you TG needs to stay in a basement but he wont. I wonder how long it will be before he tries to get Mark Miles fired or makes another attempt to buy the series. The only CEO in INDYCAR he ever liked was himself he got Randy Bernard fired, he hated Andrew Craig when he was in charge of CART and tried in the early 90s to get Bill Stokkan removed and wanted himself in charge. The guy just doesn’t get it nobody wants him back well except John Barnes. I guess TG is never happy unless he is in full control even if it means destroying the whole sport.

  4. midtec2005 - Sep 24, 2013 at 10:11 AM

    I’ve never liked the idea, but I just don’t care anymore. The racing is the best so I’ll keep watching, but I’ve given up on the leadership. They are incapable of making smart decisions.

    • snoopyo - Sep 24, 2013 at 2:22 PM

      midtec I agree with you 100% I have no faith in the leadership either that group just knows how to only do one thing and thats make bad decisions. The racing is great I am not a fan of the road course event either I think the 500 should be the only event but I bet the INDYCAR race will be good the DW12 will provide a lot of passing especially going down the frontstretch.

  5. indycarseries500 - Sep 24, 2013 at 10:52 AM

    Do it! the Fuzzys/Firestone/Verizon/whoever GP of Indianapolis would be a lot better for IndyCar and the Indianapolis 500 to kick off the month with a race than a lazy practice day with never more than 5 cars on track/in the pitlane and only about 45% of the grid even making an appearance.

  6. worknman24hours - Sep 26, 2013 at 7:53 PM

    No,Indy is for that crazy axed oval.

    I am not a fan of the Indy infield track unlike the Daytona infield track which rocks.

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