Friday, November 4, 2011

So, INDYCAR Back To Vegas?

INDYCAR's CEO Randy Bernard did a nice job touching off a flurry of activity on Twitter last night, by asking if fans would be up for a Las Vegas street race.

It seemed as if the response was generally enthusiastic, although to be fair, there are certainly folks who are in no hurry to see another street course, even for Las Vegas, added to the schedule. Drivers such as Dario Franchitti, Tony Kanaan, and Charlie Kimball chimed in quickly to add their support for such an event.

I think a lot of fans feel going back to the Las Vegas oval would be problematic for next year, if not indeed a longer time span (I'm undecided on how I'd feel about returning). I love ovals, but I'd really like to see both a Vegas street race and another oval found to replace Vegas (perhaps easier said than done at this late juncture, I know).

Just for fun, I dug up the 2007 Vegas Grand Prix from Champ Car's final season (in a complete shock to no one, Will Power won the event). You can find Part 1 here, and Part 2 here. Here's John Oreovicz's recap of the event. I like the Champ Car course, but there's always something better. If RB could get the city to agree to something on or adjoining the Strip, how huge would that be?

While I'm dreaming, I'd love to see a Las Vegas course run at night. If you really want an iconic race, run with the the neon lights of the Strip on brilliant display in the background. If we could do at the the Grand Prix of Houston at night, there's got to be a way to do it in Vegas (I know, I know, Houston was run in Reliant Park, but still). I think Vegas is an exciting, vibrant market where Randy Bernard has a lot of contacts and pull, still a ton of potential, and I hope the series works something out to get it done.


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  2. I'm with you; I'd like to see a return to Vegas, but also want another oval. I think a race on the Strip would be huge, though.

  3. I really think not racing at the Vegas oval would be a mistake. We still race Indy, Toronto, and Fontana after all

  4. I can totally understand that POV, Dylan. For me, it'd be weird, because I felt so close to this incident, but things might be different next fall. And I do think the new car will help with some of the perceived issues. I'm trying not to make any statements one way or the other until I figure out how I feel about it.