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Milwaukee In Running For IndyCar Race, May Replace Chicagoland
Published August 30, 2010
|IndyCar CEO Bernard Open To
Possible Return To Milwaukee Mile
Izod IndyCar officials are "talking to potential promoters about getting the Milwaukee Mile back on the schedule," according to Chris Jenkins of the AP. IndyCar CEO Randy Bernard Saturday said that "'several' promoters are interested in bringing the series back to Milwaukee." Bernard: "I want that event bad." However, Bernard "doesn't seem to be counting on any financial help from the state of Wisconsin." Bernard: "The state's in a pickle in their own mind. I never want to be a parasite to any state. I don't think that's fair to the state, (and) I don't think it looks good upon IndyCar. But it has to be viable. So right now, we're trying to figure out how we make this event viable with what we have to work with." Jenkins noted while it "remains unclear whether a deal can be put together for next season" for a Milwaukee Mile race, the track "could replace Chicagoland Speedway as an IndyCar venue." Bernard Saturday "didn't sound optimistic" about Chicagoland's IndyCar future. Bernard: "ISC has their primary objectives and IndyCar has their primary objectives, and I'm not sure if we're all on the same page right now" (AP, 8/28). Jenkins Sunday noted it is not clear when a Milwaukee Mile race "might be held," but it "is clear that IndyCar probably wouldn't race in two markets so close to each other" in Milwaukee and Chicago. As a result, Saturday's Peak Antifreeze and Motor Oil Indy 300 at Chicagoland "might have marked the last time IndyCar runs" at the track "for the foreseeable future." Driver Dan Wheldon: "I think it would be a shame. It always produces the racing that I think the fans like to see" (AP, 8/29).
FUTURE PLANNING: Bernard Saturday said that the '11 IndyCar schedule "could be complete by the end of next week but may not be announced for some time afterward." In Milwaukee, Dave Kallmann noted the schedule "in all likelihood ... will again include 17 race weekends, counting the Texas Motor Speedway doubleheader" as a single event. Bernard said the series needs "some short tracks." Bernard: "We want to say we're the most versatile, fastest race car and race drivers in the world. When you combine that with superspeedways and short tracks and road courses and street courses, that just plays into our diversity." The '10 schedule "includes four ISC tracks," and Bernard said, "We want to talk to all of the promoters ... and say, 'OK, which ones of you want to do the best job for IndyCar?' Which ones are going to activate on their marketing?" (MILWAUKEE JOURNAL SENTINEL, 8/29).
OWNERS, INDYCAR UNITED: In Indianapolis, Curt Cavin reported "all decisions regarding the Izod IndyCar Series' new car program for 2012 will be made by project manager Tony Cotman, a move that seemed to please owners gathered Saturday at Chicagoland Speedway." Bernard said that Cotman "represents both the league and the teams." Bernard: "It's his baby." IndyCar team Owner Michael Andretti said that owners and league officials "left united." Cavin noted Bernard "got a welcomed vote of confidence from an unlikely team owner," Vision Racing co-Owner and former IRL CEO Tony George. Bernard: "He said he supported what we're doing and that he'd help however he could. That was great" (INDIANAPOLIS STAR, 8/29).