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View Poll Results: Where will the WEC US round 2017 be held?
Circuit of the Americas (early September? with PCW?) 17 36.96%
Indy - plenty of history and, more importantly, plenty of run off 6 13.04%
Montreal - close enough to the US border and would serve US N-E audience very well 8 17.39%
Road America - the only right choice but lots of 'upgrading' to do to please the FIA blue blazers 7 15.22%
no US (or Canadian) round at all - the WEC doesn't need a race there anyway... 6 13.04%
somewhere else in North or South America (Brazil???) 2 4.35%
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Old 18 Aug 2016, 13:00 (Ref:3666339)   #31
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"We`re expecting nine races again, it will likely be the same venues."

"Montreal is not on the agenda if you ask me. Indianapolis has been looked at, we would have to talk about that first though, the track isn't really awesome. Indianapolis has a big name but the track itself...that infield - No!"

"The calendar proposal should be on the agenda at the FIA council summit in September. But as long as Bernie keeps changing the F1 calendar, our calendar can't be confirmed. And he loves changes!"

"It always depends on which venue F1 is racing at during Le Mans. It would be unforuntate if they would be racing in Monaco at the time, but there's no danger of that happening. We know Le Mans always happens on the 24th weekend of the year, and that will never collide with Monaco."

"The Le Mans date will only be moved if the Roland Garros (French Open tennis in Paris) date would be changing, because there is an indirect connection due to the police. The French police can't cope with both Roland Garros and Le Mans back to back, they need at least ten days to move people around. I've always wondered about these circumstances but now I understand, and it explains a lot. If you ask a policeman in Le Mans for directions, he'll tell you "I'm from Lyon, or I'm from Marseille". That's not helpful, they don't know their way around there".
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Old 18 Aug 2016, 13:04 (Ref:3666340)   #32
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now we only need one more german(-speaking) to translate this on their own so interested parties can do a proper majority vote pick on non-aligning translations
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Old 18 Aug 2016, 13:49 (Ref:3666349)   #33
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If someone can find a better translation, feel free to post it, but Dr. Ullrich from Audi Sport rips on Indy for the WEC and Formula 1/FOM/FIA on possible LM/F1 date conflicts:

http://www.microsofttranslator.com/b...-16081503.html
So far a crappy track lay out has not been an issue with WEC so why expect something else with Indy? The place is simply to big of a pull to say no to - if IMS wants to come up with the sanctioning fee and both of them (IMS and WEC) can find a date that works mutually. It'll hardly matter what Audi's sport chef thinks of it.

And yes, the place would look empty, never mind a large portion of the 400.000 seats are on the back side of the oval track only used for the 500.
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Old 18 Aug 2016, 13:57 (Ref:3666351)   #34
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When you consider that NASCAR has had trouble since at least 2008 (Goodyear tire fiasco) packing the stands that they're allowed by IMS to use for that race, IMS probably would want the WEC to race there.

However, I can't see them using the same track that Grand Am used to use. There any big differences between the road courses that GA and Indy Car use?

Also, I do believe that short term the WEC will still pick COTA, in spite of the bad date (start of football season and high heat, even if it's a day into night race) and stagnant attendance.

But then again, IMS hasn't done well with NASCAR attendance since 2008, but they're getting a lot of TV money from NASCAR and NBC. But I can't see the ACO and COTA being able to do the same due to limited TV reach/interest in North America.

Granted, I think that Dr. Ullrich and most of the teams would have no trouble doing Sebring, Road America, Road Atlanta, and other tracks that Audi have raced at in the ALMS days in NA, but the ACO/FIA snobs want pristine facilities for VIPs over having good tracks.
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Old 18 Aug 2016, 14:38 (Ref:3666357)   #35
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Attendance is at the bottom of WEC's priority list - together with track lay outs. Outside Europe it's all about the money coughed up by the organizers/tracks and (perhaps) preference of the participating manufacturers. Otherwise you wouldn't have a race in Texas at the start of football season and in such heat. Having the CotA round 2 or 3 weeks earlier won't change a thing, it just shows the indifference towards the US/N-A audience.
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And yes, the place would look empty, never mind a large portion of the 400.000 seats are on the back side of the oval track only used for the 500.
I truly think that's more of a deal breaker for the WEC than the actual layout. It just wouldn't make for good images, those giant grandstands being all deserted.

It's not as much "in your face" on modern tracks because the grandstands aren't as much in the picture as they would be in Indy. Just dosen't make for good pictures. Add the fact that the teams seemingly have reservations about the layout it becomes a bitter pill no one is interested to swallow.
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I hope Mexico attracts a good crowd. Not the best layout thanks to the boring stadium section but its unique because the high altitude.
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I was pretty stoked last year to watch bits of the F1 events because of the track and the races there back in the day but was mindful because of the Tilke updates to it, needless to say it was a huge letdown seeing the now high number of second gear corners combined with all the paved run off areas. And the stadium section is indeed the cherry on the cake...

As long as the mnfs will fill up the baseball grandstand with their guests (and they will!), it'll look okay on tellie.
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"Indianapolis has been looked at, we would have to talk about that first though, the track isn't really awesome. Indianapolis has a big name but the track itself...that infield - No!"


As if quality of the track profiles has ever bothered these guys...
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As if quality of the track profiles has ever bothered these guys...
Perfect meme. Love that movie.
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Perfect meme. Love that movie.
That's me!

I can't wait for the upcoming film version of Disaster Artist. Especially since Tommy has cameo in it, as opposed to the role he played in the film lol.
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Since when did the teams decide what track is on the schedule?
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Old 19 Aug 2016, 17:18 (Ref:3666617)   #43
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Since Toyota chose Fuji?
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Since when did the teams decide what track is on the schedule?
They don't, obviously, all Chiana-memes aside.
Doesn't stop a manager from having an opinion, and lobbying for something.
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Since when did the teams decide what track is on the schedule?
Probably a good idea to have them involved in the scheduling. Especially the LMP1s who are selling cars. Didn't work out too well for ITC when they went to Brazil, where they didn't even sell Alfas.
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