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SBD/June 26, 2012/Events and Attractions
IndyCar Will Not Replace China Race; Schedule To Have 15 Events With Final At ACS
Published June 26, 2012
SWEET 16? Road America President George Bruggenthies yesterday said of the decision to go with 15 events, "I'm not surprised. I'm OK with it. I would agree that in order to pull off an event you need to promote it correctly, and for us to do that, time would have been short -- less than 60 days -- and for someone else to come in on the schedule, they're going to have the same situation." Bruggenthies said that he “made what he considered a ‘fair offer’ for the race, which he believes to be more than Michael Andretti paid to resurrect the race at the Milwaukee Mile with five months' notice.” Bruggenthies: "As far as a sanctioning deal, I think Michael had a hell of a deal. It's easier to promote a race when you've got a favorable sanction.” He added, "What's hurting the IndyCar Series is the fee, and there's really no sharing and benefits to the promoter. Most big series you have some other benefits, whether it's TV revenue, hospitality, sponsorship sharing. Those things don't exist in IndyCar racing anymore" (MILWAUKEE JOURNAL SENTINEL, 6/25).