It's time for a rethink on the month of May at Indy
However, because the grandstands were mostly empty, it made IndyCar look like a complete loser both on TV and in photos. It's just as bad as IndyCar racing in front of a vast sea of aluminum at NASCAR tracks.
Americans like winners. When they see what looks like a loser on TV, they lose interest real fast.
Don't believe me? When was the last time you bought a loser product? Would you pay hard earned cash to buy a loser?
I didn't think so.
Then there was the qualifying experiment. The 2-day format was confusing to all involved, especially the fans, and there weren't a lot of fans either day. Sunday had to be the worst pole day crowd ever in the 98 years of running the 500.
Experiment failed, time for a rethink.
All the cost to open up the track all those days in May just is not worth it anymore. Today's IndyCar fans do not give a hoot about any of it. They just want to see the 500 race on Memorial Day Sunday.
End of story.
Yeah, I get tradition. I have been in racing since the 1960s. No one gets tradition better than I do.
So if a race is what fans want, then let's give them twice the fun.
Time to focus all the energy and manpower of the speedway on two proper condensed race weekends - both holiday weekends - to bookend the summer.
Traditionally great racing weekends - 3 days off from work to get to the track and back. Most will make it a 4 or 5 day weekend.
Family weekends at the race track, camping out, barbequing and watching a race.
Memorial Day Weekend
Labor Day Weekend
Oh and by the way, I'm just like you. It will be a cold day in hell before I spend my money on something that looks like a loser too.
When in doubt, just do what's right.
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