Yesterday, I introduced a new series I’m doing for this week, the dream schedule series. Yesterday was Formula One, today will be IndyCar, tomorrow will be NASCAR, but the NASCAR one has a special twist. You’ll have to stick around for that tomorrow here at Open Wheels.
Without further said here is what I’d like to see for future years. For starters, like most people I’ve been pleasantly surprised with the effectiveness of the doubleheader concept at select street course events that was implemented by former Verizon IndyCar Series CEO Randy Bernard. Personally, I respect Mark Miles a lot for staying with the concept and seeing this through.
Secondly, since Miles has came onboard he has been majorly advocating international races to start the season for the future, expect to see this next year. I’ll be 100% honest, when I first saw this I was thinking what the hell, why would we start outside the United States? Then I backtracked because I was a major fan of when it started in Brazil in 2010 because of the track layout. Surfer’s Paradise was always a good season opener for CART. With this being said, I think its worth giving the international series a chance because the more money that comes in the more races/more teams.
Thirdly, with all the international races being in the mix, I’m quite worried that the oval decline will continue. Since Pocono was added last year I think it solidified that ovals are making a comeback. Miles was recently quoted by saying that Derrick Walker is taking the lead to see if Phoenix is an option. I’d love a return to Phoenix by about 2016/2017.
Recently, I asked Michigan International Speedway president, Roger Curtis on twitter if a return to Michigan was in the works. He replied that the ball is in there (IndyCar) court and he’d easily listen to conversations with IndyCar. Nashville Superspeedway’s new owner has big plans involved and it could include IndyCar. So could a return to Gateway Motorsports Park with new management at that facility. Lastly, I like the willingness Miles has to try new events, like others I was on the fence about the Grand Prix of Indianapolis on Mother’s Day weekend. The race turned out be a great success and the improvements to the track layout made that race. With New Orleans being considered, that’ll give us two events in the south (Barber being the other). This hits “NASCAR” country. Surprisingly, it has been quite successful. Miles may not be like Bernard personality wise but he knows what it takes to get things done, I think with these changes into the schedule I’m proposing for the future it could be as good as ever for IndyCar. For dates purposes we will use 2018 to give time to IndyCar to grow. (Italics= new/returning event(s)
My schedule for IndyCar
- February 17 (Sat)- Dubai Street circuit
- February 24- Brasilla
- March 11- Phoenix International Raceway
- March 18- New Orleans Motorsports Park
- March 25- Streets of St. Petersburg, Florida
- April 8- Barber Motorsports Park
- April 22- Streets of Long Beach, California
- April 27 (Fri)- Streets of Houston, TX race 1
- April 28- Streets of Houston, TX race 2
- May 12- Grand Prix of Indianapolis
- May 27- Indianapolis 500
- June 2- Detroit Belle Isle Race 1
- June 3- Detroit Belle Isle Race 2
- June 9- Texas Motor Speedway
- June 16- Richmond International Raceway
- July 1- Pocono Raceway
- July 7- Iowa Speedway
- July 13- Streets of Toronto, Canada Race 1
- July 14- Streets of Toronto, Canada Race 2
- July 20- Burke Lakefront Airport, Cleveland Ohio
- July 28- Michigan International Speedway
- August 5- Mid Ohio Sports Car Course
- August 12- Road America
- August 19- Milwaukee Mile
- August 26- Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca
- September 1- Auto Club Speedway
We see a 8 race increase in the schedule with the international plan that Mark Miles has wanted and we return to tracks that fans have been asking for years about. Returns to Road America, Laguna Seca, Cleveland, Michigan, Phoenix and Richmond. New events in New Orleans, Dubai and Brazil. 23 events, 26 races. Thoughts? Feel free to discuss on twitter @kentopenwheels