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Old 26 Mar 2013, 10:59   #1
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The 2013 IndyCar season has started. So it's time to create the 2014 schedule thread!

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Schmidt Peterson Motorsport co-owner Ric Peterson wants to build a road course in Calgary, Canada to host an IndyCar race.
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I hear there will soon be an announcement of the 'PPL 300 - Grand Prix of Karachi'
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My guess is central Africa.
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Aren't they supposed to be building a new Grade 2 circuit outside Tehran?

Okay, seriously, the series could really use a second Canadian venue again, not just running twice in Toronto. This will be particularly important if Hinchcliffe takes off.

A second South American round could certainly make sense, to further support the base down there, and help with travel considerations/expenses.

I definitely want to see Pocono go to 500 miles at some point in the not-too-distant future.

I know this sounds like a broken record, but I don't care. If they aren't going to use the original layout at Sears Point, they need to get the series down to Laguna Seca instead.

Hopefully the race extension at Mid Ohio has the desired effect, and screw the damn sanction fee, the series should be at Road America.

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Being a Brazilian, I say there's no need for a second race here. Brazil is going downhill in motorsport and I also don't enjoy the idea of wasting public money on races. If I could give an advise, I would recommend instead a race in Venezuela or Colombia, where there are lots of fans and drivers climbing up the ladder of American open-wheels motorsport. Yeah, I too know this race would be funded with money from government as well...

I'm a bit conservative when it comes to IndyCar schedule. Europe has no means to afford it right now. Asia has got the money, but overall interest remains little. Best solution is to gamble in North America. More rounds in Mexico, United States and Canada seem, to me, only the way Indy can regain some of the lost popularity. If they want to be aggresive, a race in Bahamas.
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. If they want to be aggresive, a race in Bahamas.
LOL, They should have come to Bermuda from 1998-December 2012 when we had Labour rule before they were voted out, when we spent billions on useless projects and events, Indycar would have fit perfectly in here where we spent Millions to host the PGA Grand Slam that 100 tourists come to see and almost spent hundreds of millions to build a basketball stadium.

Bahamas, Bermuda, Jamaica, Cayman sound like a brilliant idea, (cough, Hawaii Superprix, cough), but with the local governments and infrastructure, as well as the tiny sizes of the general population, it would be a complete mess.

Indycar's 2014 schedule will probably be as boring as usual, this talk of international races gets more mundane year after year. Quebec City, Calgary, Mexico City, Curitiba, Surfers, Monaco ( yes this actually was once an Indycar trackforum rumour), Monza, Milan, Mugello ect ect ect. Getting Boring.
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A Calgary race makes sense with the cancellation of Edmonton. I can remember it being mooted before.
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A return to Michigan, Road America, Laguna, and Watkins Glen need to happen.
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A Calgary race makes sense with the cancellation of Edmonton. I can remember it being mooted before.
What kind of Sports does Calgary have and how successful have they been? Would be interesting to know.
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i wouldn't suggest it outright, but if it somehow got on the schedule, I think an IndyCar race at Mugello would be quite enjoyable.

If Calgary does happen relatively soon, it looks like it could well be on a permanent circuit, which should be a plus for many.

I don't see a particular problem with going to the permanent Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez.

Maybe too many bridges have been burned, but a return to the long course at Surfers would be welcomed by many, I'm certain.

Verde, even if the percentage of the population interested is a good bit lower than elsewhere, Brazil's sheer size and population concentration in Rio and Sao Paulo put it far ahead of any other country down there. On top of that, IndyCar has a number of native drivers and Brazil actually has suitable venues right now, which makes it the clear choice in Central/South America.

Also, with Chavez gone, I expect the Venezuelan driver pool to shrink noticeably in rather short order.
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A second South American round could certainly make sense, to further support the base down there, and help with travel considerations/expenses.
Argentina and Venezuela are in deep problems. And they will keep investing loads of money in crazy projects. But these get cancelled too, so I'd discard them.

The only country where I see a sustainable race is Chile. Eliseo Salazar had a project of building a road course north of Santiago, not sure how it's developing. That could be an excellent idea: Chile has a decent middle class who can attend, and major companies who would love to invest money to promote their image.
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A return to Michigan, Road America, Laguna, and Watkins Glen need to happen.
Road America and Laguna Seca are tough choices because they are close to Milwaukee and Sears Point. Watkins Glen is Nascar territory, so unless the IndyCar / Trucks weekend gets done, it won't happen. Michigan is also an ISC track, but can happen if sponsors arrive.

About ovals, I believe that Phoenix, Kentucky and Las Vegas should return quickly.

There's the Providence and Fort Lauderdale street races being pushed by Ganassi and Andretti.
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What kind of Sports does Calgary have and how successful have they been? Would be interesting to know.
The big draw there is the NHL team, which normally sells out all 41 games with just over 19k seats in the stadium. Also has teams in the Canadian Football League, National Lacrosse League and Western Hockey League

The big annual event is the Stampede, which draws 1.4 million visitors over the 10 days it runs.

Calgary has most of Canada's O&G firms headquarters is more populous than Edmonton (1m vs 800k)
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Verde, even if the percentage of the population interested is a good bit lower than elsewhere, Brazil's sheer size and population concentration in Rio and Sao Paulo put it far ahead of any other country down there. On top of that, IndyCar has a number of native drivers and Brazil actually has suitable venues right now, which makes it the clear choice in Central/South America.
I agree that there are people enough to make tickets sell out and fill up grandstands in spite of the very high prices. But I'm not sure it can happen in two rounds. Who's really interested on the sport will for sure travel to São Paulo to watch SP Indy 300 no matter where he or she comes from. The rest won't be attending even if the event is being accomplished on the next square.

Believe in me, there are not many motorsport fans here. And the ones that exist are already going to watch the São Paulo race. And only a very little percentage can afford two races. And having to choose between SP and any other venue, most of the people will go for the first one.
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Here's some news from Fort Erie.
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