Monday, June 27, 2011

A Double At Iowa In 2012?

In the post-race euphoria this past weekend, I suggested (perhaps not entirely facetiously) that the series should race in Iowa five times a year. That's probably a bit of overkill, but what about a doubleheader?

Right now, there are very few oval courses on the schedule that seem to be working well. Of course, there's Indy, and also Iowa and Texas. I love Kentucky, but I'm not sure how the attendance is going to be this year (up, I hope!). Randy Bernard mentions wanting to retain oval/road balance for the series, and that might be rough to do next year. Hopefully the series returns to Chicagoland (which has attendance issues of its own), but who knows what will happen with Vegas or Milwaukee?

For a number of reasons, Iowa just works. It's a packed house, with good racing. If there aren't enough ovals next year to maintain parity, why not do two there, Saturday/Sunday, with both for full points?

I'm not sure how things will pan out in the future with ISC or the popularity of IndyCar on certain ovals. But until it happens, it's not a bad idea to fortify IndyCar in places where it's working with an additional race in the weekend. For now, it sounds like the idea is at least being floated, and I can't say as how I blame them.

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