…And I’m also convinced IndyCar can do a better job with their calendar in order to boost ticket sales and keep it diverse and challenging for everyone…
Couldn’t agree more, I think stabilty is vital to keep fans coming back to venues, as well as sponsors and teams signing up for the series.
…my impression at the moment is that the street and road courses are doing far better from an attendance point of view than the ovals…
True, but there are legitimate reasons for that. I’m not trying to make excuses, but Fontana’s date last year (its first in a seven-year absence) wasn’t well thought out – in order to keep the schedule tight at the end of the year, the race ran at a time in southern California when the heat was sweltering, and the fans that showed up hid under the stands right up until the green flew. The calendar has been stretched this year, and Fontana is on a much more fan-friendly October date.
Milwaukee has had horrific promotion problems since the split. Numbers have improved steadily, especially since Andretti took over, but the race day sales have been hampered by a bad date (Father’s day weekend) and some unpredictable weather (and again this year – thunderstorms are now predicted for the weekend, which can only put people off from making the trip). I’d like to see an August/September date for the Mile. Iowa (capacity 30,000) numbers have always been good, I’m interested to see how Pocono will go.
I’d love to see some of the old tracks back – Cleveland was always wild and so different from anything else on the calendar, and a north western leg in Portland and Vancouver is much missed. I loved Surfers, but I don’t think the series is healthy enough for those kinds of transit costs at the moment. I think a return to Montreal would be popular, particularly if Bernie wants to drop the F1 for another dishwater venue.
I’m hopeful – the racing has been great, the races are busier, the TV numbers can only get better.