Seems like the metrics in Indiana and Marion County weren’t trending the way they wanted to and another attendance cut after going to 50% and then 25% probably wasn’t feasible. Probably didn’t want to rework the whole ticket allocation again if they still had 70,000 people committed when they dropped to 25%.According to Robin Miller, this was Roger's decision. I personally don't understand the backtracking, the speedway just released its 88 page plan a few days ago. It seemed like local government was content and the plan seemed to me to be pretty aggressive as far as Covid precautions go. If NASCAR can have fans, im really surprised the 500 isn't going to.
Roger Penske said it was one of the toughest decisions he’s ever had to make. “It’s certainly at the top,” said the owner of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway to RACER on Tues…racer.com
Full disclosure, I live in Indiana and had tickets to go. So I'm probably too close to the situation to be objective.
Second time in a few weeks they’ve gone public about the engines and all. A couple of weeks ago they said they have a running prototype of the next ICE and want them to debut in 2022 as a full package with the hybrid, no multi-phase introduction process. No more delays.This is a warning shot from Honda IMO. They are willing to help another manufacturer, which is all well and good. However, this shows how much of a crunch this really is atm to back all of these teams. IndyCar needs another manufacturer sooner than later, I just wonder outside of the Ferrari rumors is there anyone else who really wants to do this? Plenty of manufacturers who would be interested, but everything has to align before making this move.
I really, really would like to see another auto-maker no matter the brand.
Honda and its racing department at Honda Performance Development are willing to go to extraordinary lengths to help the NTT IndyCar Series secure a new engine supplier. With IndyCar’s planned shift…racer.com
I don't blame them, I still think they need to aim for Hyundai/Kia.Second time in a few weeks they’ve gone public about the engines and all. A couple of weeks ago they said they have a running prototype of the next ICE and want them to debut in 2022 as a full package with the hybrid, no multi-phase introduction process. No more delays.
Doubt anyone else is really interested though. Especially right now.
The new engine is supposed to have the same mounting points as the current so I think they can find a way to introduce the power unit separate from a new chassis. I’ve read they’re considering introducing chassis upgrades on a year-to-year basis but I really don’t know the viability of that. Honda obviously want to get on with it and I can’t blame them. The current engines were never supposed to last this long.I don't blame them, I still think they need to aim for Hyundai/Kia.
The fandom of the brand has grown and I think it would be a hit for IndyCar.
Honda's patience is growing thin though, I wonder if Penske and Miles are going to just do one major release and not slowly release components? I'm with Honda though, go ahead and put everything out on the table instead of nickel and diming it.
Years ago, Sauber principle Monisha Kaltenborn said it cost $95 million per car to run a season of F1. That was back when Sauber couldn't even score any points at all. If it costs $95 mil to run at the back, imagine what it costs to win!I tripped over an article a couple of days ago that running F1 is eating Ferrari's shorts to the tune of the high 8 figures this year. Sorry, I can't remember where.
I wonder if they will cancel the last row shootout if there aren't any more entries.DragonSpeed is back for the 500:
That makes 33 entries for the 500.The No. 81 DragonSpeed Chevy will complete the Indianapolis 500’s legendary field of 33. The team owned by former open-wheel and sports car driver Elton Julian completed the deal after a late rally…racer.com
Makes sense. COTA’s probably gonna die sooner rather than later and Indy is still the only other Grade 1 track in the U.S.Holy wow never thought I’d see this
Tbh I don't want to see COTA rot away, it would be a shame to see it just go away like that. The track still has plenty to offer and I hope it stays around. I do like watching WEC going around the track and IndyCar put on a solid show there.Makes sense. COTA’s probably gonna die sooner rather than later and Indy is still the only other Grade 1 track in the U.S.
I think this fits into the second Indy GP event Roger wants. The first keeps it May date leading into the 500 activities, the second joins the F1 US GP bill on a summer date.
I think they wanted a street course around Nashville.Would they be racing at NASHVILLE Super Speedway?
Not a bad track, just not very well off financially. They lost everything this year, lost over $20M for missing the human trafficking plan filing deadline a couple of years ago, not a big racing area, generally poor attendance outside of F1 and MotoGP. It’s a shame because some series do manage to put on a good show there.Tbh I don't want to see COTA rot away, it would be a shame to see it just go away like that. The track still has plenty to offer and I hope it stays around. I do like watching WEC going around the track and IndyCar put on a solid show there.