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Old 14 Sep 2006, 16:44 (Ref:1710290)   #1
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2007 IndyCar schedule news/rumours

Nashville was confirmed for the 2007 schedule yesterday, bringing the total number of confirmed races up to seven. Also, during the race coverage from ChicagoLand the int'l commentators speculated that there would be one or two more non-ovals added to the schedule for next year.

This is how the 2007 schedule stands thus far:

April 1 Streets of St. Petersburg, Fla.
May 27 Indianapolis Motor Speedway
June 3 The Milwaukee Mile
June 9 Texas Motor Speedway
June 24 Iowa Speedway
July 14 - Nashville Superspeedway
Aug. 13 Kentucky Speedway

I think we can expect to see Homestead, Richmond, Watkins Glen, Infineon, Michigan, ChicagoLand and Kansas return to the schedule as well. I have my doubts about Motegi though.
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Old 16 Sep 2006, 16:54 (Ref:1711889)   #2
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The Motegi Indycar race is Honda's biggest corporate perk from the series and the sole reason why they built that oval there.

IRL doesn't promote the race, so if it doesn't make money it's not a big deal to them and Honda picks up the costs of transporting all the cars and equipment over to Japan.

They only sell like 30000-40000 tickets, but that's limited by the roads leading to the track, they could probably sell 80000+ with better road links.
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Old 16 Sep 2006, 17:02 (Ref:1711890)   #3
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Here's the calender I've seen

11 March Los Angeles
25 March Homestead
01 April St Petersburg
15 April Motegi
22 April Kansas
27 May Indianapolis
03 June Milawaukee
10 June Texas
24 June Iowa
01 July Richmond
08 July Watkins Glen
15 July Nashville
22 July Michigan
5 August Montreal
12 Augst Kentucky
19 August Sears Point
26 August Mid-Ohio
02 September Belle Isle
09 September Chicagoland
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Old 16 Sep 2006, 17:18 (Ref:1711893)   #4
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an LA race in March would be only a week or 2 removed from the Long Beach Grand Prix about an hour away.

I doubt the IRL would want to run 3 road course races in a row to end the season before Chicago.
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Old 16 Sep 2006, 17:51 (Ref:1711908)   #5
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whoa whoa where did all these road courses come from??? Belle Isle? Mid-Ohio? LA?
I'd like to see a reference to this
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Old 16 Sep 2006, 19:46 (Ref:1711963)   #6
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It's possible that Mid-Ohio, Montreal and Detroit will be added to the 2007 clanander, and Michigan could be dropped
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Old 16 Sep 2006, 20:42 (Ref:1711979)   #7
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So how many more ex champ car races are there now? ovals are different street circuits were created by champ car well established by them at where they are racing for '07 if that is final for some...anyway its just a little odd why they can't be original and make their own successful events with only just a few original IRL. But hey that's just my opinion.
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So how many more ex champ car races are there now? ovals are different street circuits were created by champ car well established by them at where they are racing for '07 if that is final for some...anyway its just a little odd why they can't be original and make their own successful events with only just a few original IRL. But hey that's just my opinion.
Because that would be a logical idea, and this is still Tony George we're talking about.
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It's possible that Mid-Ohio, Montreal and Detroit will be added to the 2007 clanander, and Michigan could be dropped
Mid ohio, detroit, LA are fantasies. Montreal may be a possibility, but does nascar really want to share the billing with the irl as they stampede into canada. Likely not.
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thanks, mountainstar
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To expand some more:

Mid-Ohio- Open wheel racing at MO in any form doesn't seem to be in the business plan of the track.

Detriot- I remember reading some scribbles recently about belle isle. The city owns belle isle and having a race is far down their list of priorities. I heard what was the track would need a ton of infrastructure work, including the appropriate approval from the city. Even IF, and that's an if because there is no promoter stepping forward, including RP, you fast tracked it, there is no way it could happen for next year.

LA: Again there is no one who has stepped forward to either promote or get approvals from the city to run an event. People have talked about going head to head against the long beach gp by running this fantasy race within 2 weeks of it. That is total stupidity starting a new race against a long established race like long beach. But again, there is nobody out there who has raised their hand and said hey I'm interested in maybe promoting this.
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Detriot- I remember reading some scribbles recently about belle isle. The city owns belle isle and having a race is far down their list of priorities. I heard what was the track would need a ton of infrastructure work, including the appropriate approval from the city. Even IF, and that's an if because there is no promoter stepping forward, including RP, you fast tracked it, there is no way it could happen for next year.
Not to mention that Detroit City Hall is bankrupt and has no money to spend on basic things, like police and fire departments. I really doubt that they will be willing to shell even more more money for a one day event like they did with the Super Bowl which in the end dont contribute much to the local economy.
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So if open wheel racing isn't priority at MO, what is? Bikes?
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So if open wheel racing isn't priority at MO, what is? Bikes?
Definately.

I remember an interview years ago with michelle trueman and they thought the bikes brought much more revenue to the track than anything.
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The Detroit race could be at Sept. 2nd
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