Zucker pipe dreaming in Fontana There have been reports that the IndyCar Series and International Speedway Corp., the track owner, were not exactly on the same business page and that the sanctioning body didn't want to race twice in Southern California. The IndyCar Series has been the main draw at the Long Beach Grand Prix since 2008.
However, Zucker is pressing the IndyCar Series for a date, possibly as early as 2011. Now that ACS has just one NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race in March, there's plenty of open dates at Fontana.
Auto Club Speedway president Gillian Zucker reportedly made a presentation to IndyCar CEO Randy Bernard over the weekend in Sonoma, although the various parties are not confirming the meeting. Zucker didn't venture alone, but with the support of both ISC and Auto Club.
The most logical date for an IndyCar race in Fontana would be a season finale in September or early October. That would give the track plenty of separation from its NASCAR date.
In addition, the race could be run on Saturday evening, finishing under the lights. Such a move would not clash with the NFL on Sunday and be best for fans should weather present a problem.
At this point, it's all speculation and conjecture. The only solid piece is that Zucker is hustling to try and fill her track's race calendar. FOX Sports
We find all this rather comical. After the France Family did its best to kill off IndyCar Racing (Bill France Jr. reportedly was one of those advising Tony George to create the IRL, thereby taking CART's biggest race the Indy 500 away from them, and splitting the sport knowing it would lead to its destruction) and after all the France Family/ISC CART and IndyCar races have been complete and utter failures (do you see the pattern yet) now we are supposed to believe that things will be different this time around?
For the France Family it just may be a case of "keeping your friends close, and your enemies closer."
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