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IndyCar Seeks Boost In U.S. Market From New American Champion Hunter-Reay
Published September 18, 2012
ATTENDANCE FLAT: In L.A., Tom Hoffarth wrote, “You couldn't fault the IndyCar Racing League if it just decided to give up on trying to make Auto Club Speedway in Fontana a regular spot on the circuit.” An estimated 25,000 “showed up in the stifling heat” Saturday, watching Hunter-Reay “clinch the series title in a wreck-filled event.” That is “about the same number who came when the track had an IRL race some seven years ago.” Meanwhile, NASCAR “regularly draws 80,000-plus to the track” (L.A. DAILY NEWS, 9/17).
SMALL CHANGE: In Charlotte, Jim Utter noted there are “no major surprises” in the Sprint Cup Series schedule expected to be released to the public this week. The schedule “remains 36 points-paying races, beginning Feb. 24, 2013 at Daytona and concluding Nov. 17 at Homestead, Fla.” The only “notable change is a swap of the fall Kansas and Talladega races,” with the fall Kansas race “now Oct. 6, 2013 and the fall Talladega race on Oct. 20, 2013.” There are “no additional night races added to the schedule” (CHARLOTTEOBSERVER.com, 9/16).