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RACING NEWS & NOTES: FRANCE SAYS NORTHWEST A GREEN MARKET
Published June 30, 1998
NASCAR President Bill France, Jr. was interviewed by Tom Groeschen of the CINCINNATI ENQUIRER. France, on which U.S. markets remain open for NASCAR: "The Northwest is an area we're really not in, as far as Winston Cup racing. We are up there, with our truck series, but the weather up there ... it rains a lot." France, on how the Indy Car split has affected NASCAR's popularity: "We were running pretty good before they split. I don't attribute our success and popularity to their split. We've probably moved a little faster because of it, but we were well on our way, on our own" (CINCINNATI ENQUIRER, 6/29). RACING NOTES: IMS President Tony George continues to seek an Formula One race for the Speedway. F-1 has not raced in the U.S. since '91, and George is competing with bids from San Francisco, Las Vegas and Atlanta. Sanctioning fees are estimated at $10M-$15M, which includes travel expenses for participants (INDIANAPOLIS STAR-NEWS, 6/28)....New Hampshire Int'l Speedway owner Bob Bahre said that he has not had any talks with IRL officials about extending the facility's contract to host the New England 200. Bahre has lost money for three years "because of low attendance," and Sunday's crowd was estimated at 20,000. Bahre estimated that he stood to lose "about" $700,000 (BOSTON GLOBE, 6/29).