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Indycar to NOLA Motorsports Park in 2015?

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  • #258766
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    http://www.washingtonpost.com/sports/ap-sources-indycar-commits-to-new-orleans-race/2014/05/04/5e072562-d3c3-11e3-8f7d-7786660fff7c_story.html

    No official confirmation yet (expected tomorrow), but the Mazda Road to Indy did host their winter series at the 2.75 mile road course earlier this year.

    #258770
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    As layouts go it’s alright – there doesn’t seem to be much in the way of spectator facilities though:

    https://maps.google.co.uk/maps?q=NOLA+Motorsports+Park&oe=utf-8&client=firefox-a&channel=fflb&ie=UTF-8&ei=gadmU6qHMYWJ0AX9_ICYCA&ved=0CAgQ_AUoAQ

    http://www.nolamotor.com/

    It’s no Road America though…

    #258775
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    Road America’s facilities aren’t that great either ;-) there’s also the matter of agreeing on the scheduling and financial aspects of the event. The NOLA layout isn’t amazing but I’d take this race over adding another street circuit.

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    Which configuration do you think they’ll use? I count 3. Perimeter, Short, and Long.

    #258810
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    @ajokay judging by the home page of the track’s website, I’d be putting my money on this one: http://www.gmap-pedometer.com/?r=6294625
    I do not like the look of the pit entry if it’s still in its state as seen in google maps, that building makes the road look very tight…

    #258828
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    From the AP article: “Proposed track changes for the IndyCar race include a new pit entrance and wider, longer pit lane, as well as adding perimeter fencing and straightaway enhancements.”

    #272472
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    Confirmed for April 12th on the 2015 Indycar schedule.

    From indycar.com:

    A Verizon IndyCar Series race on a newly-configured 13-turn, 2.67-mile road course at NOLA Motorsports Park will debut in April as part of the 2015 season.

    INDYCAR, NOLA Motorsports Park, local and state officials made the announcement during a news conference at the facility in Avondale, La., about 14 miles southwest of downtown New Orleans.

    #272474
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    Good to see a new venue and location on the calendar which isn’t another street circuit. I wonder which of the many possible configurations they’ll use?

    NOLA

    http://www.indycar.com/News/2014/08/8-27-NOLA-race-debuts-on-2015-schedule

    #272603
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    New venues are always welcome, but I find it difficult to get excited about this one. It looks like an overgrown kart track. Flat as a pancake, and totally featureless. It appears that the owners have bought a small plot of land and tried to fit as much tarmac into the space as possible, it’s all switchbacks.

    As rickety and dangerous as Houston was, I prefer to watch the drivers dealing with the challenge of concrete barriers and a horrendous road surface than an aimless second gear bimble around a country park. And that’s speaking as someone who wants to see fewer street tracks in the series.

    Moan over.

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    13 corners. That’s a nice sensible amount. It looks good to me especially the 5-6-7 complex!

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